Wale Martins

Wale Martins

Principal Program Manager


Microsoft

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Getting my first job out of college in an IT and communications company initiated my passion.

Education

High School
King's College Lagos
Bachelor
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Graduate
Computer Engineering, General
Iowa State University

Career

Principal Program Manager

I envision and build software products and services for people and enterprises.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Engineering
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

A great day at work starts with reviewing my agenda and tasks for the day and prioritizing these to get to the right outcomes at the end of that day. I am on top of each project I am working on, interact with colleagues and partners to get updates, resolve issues blocking progress, create and drive new scenarios that will address the needs of our customers.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Staying in touch with technological news and trends is very useful in envisioning new paths and scenarios for customers. Obsessing over our customers - taking a walk in their shoes, seeking feedback, appreciating their choice to use our products and services. Interacting with and learning from more experienced colleagues or subject matter experts in a current area of interest or need. Staying curious and ready to challenge customs and traditions within the industry.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for middle school students

Get curious about how you can use the magic of software to address simple everyday issues around you. How can you automate repetitive tasks to free up more time for you & others? Can you apply data to practices and processes to improve efficiency? And so on. Start by simply being curious and then search online for free programming courses for beginners and go from there. The key here is that if you start with your - emphasis on YOUR - curiosity, it will lead you to the oasis of knowledge for YOU.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Computer Engineering, General

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant