Unlike many immigrants, Dr Adeola Olubamiji knew what she wanted to achieve when she landed in Canada in 2012 as a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering. Through hard work, persistence and shedding her immigrant inhibitions she has carved a niche for herself. Moving from Nigeria to Finland to Canada, she currently practices in the United States.
“My parents told me to be humble but in Canada humility can work against you,” she says and professes that putting the word out about your ability and achievements will keep you ahead in the race.
My parents told me to be humble but in Canada humility can work against you
She knew early on that she had to have a competitive edge if she was to become successful. She researched to find out where technology was moving and positioned herself strategically, becoming a pioneer in advancing 3D technology. Be a specialist, not a generalist is her mantra to new immigrants and when you get through that door to a first job or an opportunity, “be a sponge and absorb.”
She nudges new immigrants to be unashamed about asking questions, make the most of the opportunities created by digitization and be okay with being uncomfortable. By sharpening one’s knowledge and skill set, an immigrant can make oneself indispensable and that, in turn, will make them stand out.