Site Automation Engineer | Co-Founder Tech Enthusiast | Researcher | PhD Student
I am Akua Kodie Dickson, a self-driven, motivated, and focused Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and currently a site automation engineer at the Automation Ghana Group. I entered the university at the age of 16 with an aim to gain knowledge and skills to build myself into the great engineer that I desire to be. In a Ghanaian society where Engineering has been branded as a male-dominated field of study, the journey came with challenges. I believe that every new chapter in life comes with fears and doubts but the thing is, fear and doubt can either serve as detours or springboards on our success journeys.
What were the biggest initial hurdles and how did you overcome them?
I turned my fear of competing with my male colleagues during my undergraduate education into a springboard to achieving my goal. I graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology this year with a First class honours degree and a cumulative weighted average of 81.59. I made the provost’s list for all four consecutive years and I have gained so much knowledge and practical skills along the way. I also co-founded Kids for Code during my undergraduate studies and I have enjoyed every moment of tutoring my young students in Python programming since then.
What books are you currently reading?
I am currently reading John Maxwell’s “3 things successful people do”. In this book, I have learned a myriad of things but most importantly I have learned that being successful is knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.
I would really recommend this great book to everyone. I am also reading John Maxwell’s “Failing forward” another amazing read about turning failures into stepping stones for success.
What advice would you give to an upcoming youth or talents locally and internationally?
This is just the beginning of an amazing journey and as a tech enthusiast and Researcher, I know the future is very bright. I would like to encourage everyone not to give up on their purpose in life and turn all failures into dividends. There is never any harm in trying again.
Social Media Handles:
LinkedIn: Akua Kodie Dickson
Twitter & Instagram: Kodie__xo