Praise’s Journey from SRE Intern to Level 2 Site Reliability Engineer in Nigeria

Read stories of Deimos Martians from all over the world, highlighting their experiences at Deimos, their roles, how they feel about remote working, and tips for anyone intere...

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Read stories of Deimos Martians from all over the world, highlighting their experiences at Deimos, their roles, how they feel about remote working, and tips for anyone interested in working at Deimos.

Today’s spotlight is on Praise Adanlawo, a Level 2 Site Reliability Engineer at Deimos based in Lagos, Nigeria. Praise began her journey at Deimos in April 2020 as an intern and has since transitioned to a level 2 Site Reliability Engineer. 

We chatted with her about her experience on the Deimos internship programme, her transition to a fully-fledged engineer at Deimos, and the lessons she’s learnt along the way.

Hello, Praise. It’s not easy transitioning from an SRE Intern to a Level 2 SRE Engineer. How has the journey been for you?

It’s been nothing short of amazing! I have learnt many lessons, cried when it felt like I couldn’t figure anything out, and celebrated many wins. It’s been an all-round journey if I do say so myself.

Have you always wanted to be a Site Reliability Engineer? Tell us about your background before you joined Deimos.

Before joining Deimos, I worked as a Platform Support Engineer, Technical Program Manager, Software Engineer, and eventually DevOps Engineer, all under two years. I didn’t exactly plan these career moves, it was just how I found myself at the time, but I had to keep evolving. These decisions made me better. But, transitioning into SRE has been the highlight of my career so far.

How would you describe your experience as a Site Reliability Engineering intern at Deimos?

Shoutout to my co-pilots Obinna Odirionye and Idowu Emehinola. These guys were my safe space in the first few months of my internship. They gave me lots of tasks and made sure I implemented them perfectly without taking any shortcuts. It was a little frustrating at the time, but it all paid off beautifully in the end.

The internship gave me the perfect opportunity to learn and acquire all the confidence I needed to become what I am now.

Can you share a meaningful lesson you learnt during your Site Reliability Engineering internship that has guided you to where you are now?

Don’t be too quick to turn in work you’ve done just because you got it to work by doing a lot of Googling here and there. Take your time, understand the logic behind everything you’ve done, understand what other alternatives exist to solving that same task, and you’ll be better off for it.

What is your best part of working at Deimos?

The people and the culture.

Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring Martians? 

Keep learning, keep preparing. Someday soon, the opportunity to showcase all you’ve worked on in silence would come.

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