Q. As a law student who has a niche in finance but now wants to break into the tech space, is it really possible to combine the both? I hear a lot of techies say that finance and tech can’t really be intertwined, this isn’t about the fintech space.
This is a bit difficult, because the combination of finance and tech is fintech, whatever way you look at it. Whether it’s building new solutions like Interswitch did, or digitising existing traditional solutions as with online banking and ATMs.
For you, we’d suggest considering a career in compliance which is basically where you ensure that finance solutions are compliant with whatever laws that regulate the space. A great person to look to here would be Moe Odele and the Vazi Legal team. Although Moe isn’t into finance exclusively, she’s built a successful and exemplary career on helping tech companies achieve and maintain compliance by attaining licences, setting up proper know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) standards.
Hope this helps!
Q. Going forward, what tech skills, or path do you think will be in high demand? I’m trying to commit myself to learning something and becoming competent at it/employable before the end of the year.
Definitely data science, cloud computing and AI. There’s a rush for AI across companies globally. And unlike the web3 rush which we think was way ahead of its time and lacked critical use cases, the effect and importance of AI has already rippled through the world.
ChatGPT launched last November and it already has 100 million users per month—it took Facebook over 4 years to get that number, and ChatGPT did it in four months! Many companies are now building AI into their tools: Google has Bard, Microsoft has an AI helper, and even Canva has Canva Magic.
And it’s not going anywhere soon. People want fast and affordable assistance, and AI helps that. A career in AI will definitely help in relevance, seeing as even more African startups are trying it out!
That’s all we can take this week. Have any questions about working in tech? Ask away and we’ll find answers for you.👇🏾