Young, Black & In Tech: Precious Mayowa Agbabiaka
Careers in tech are becoming more popular than ever. However, it is sometimes hard for young, Black people to break into this industry. We are profiling a range of Black people at different points in their careers to inform & educate anyone interested in tech. Here is the journey of Precious Mayowa Agbabiaka,UX/UI Designer
Tell us about your background. What drew you to tech?
So my name is Precious and I’m a UX/UI Designer. My background is mainly media – so content creation (videography, photography), journalism, communications work and I’m an author.
For the most part, I’ve done all of the above in the charity sector or in a freelance capacity. What drew me to tech was growing in hate for the third sector, lol. I’d had enough and early Lockdown 1, Black (British) Tech Twitter was super active and constantly talking about their industry so I thought okay I’m ready to move on but to what? I attended a Breaking into Tech zoom event hosted by CoverMyCV and I said yep let’s do this!
I started following Black designers on Twitter, found myself a small tech community of Black women whom I loveee – meeting them was a highlight of 2020 for sure. I then completed a 3-month boot camp with Love Circular and now here I am!
Did you face any obstacles along your journey?
I think my hardest obstacle has been transitioning from freelance into a full-time tech role in the middle of a Pakurumo and the biggest recession the UK has ever seen lool. It’s been fairly easy to secure freelance work luckily but full time hasn’t been smooth. Also because I’ve had other things going on personally including trying to finish another degree so I haven’t put a lot of effort into my applications. 2021 I’ll behave though and make it happen.
Can you share a short word of advice for other young, Black people wanting to go into tech?
Just do it. You don’t have to be technical, there are other roles. I hated the idea of coding and developing so I understand if that freaks you out too!
Look at roles within tech companies like UX writer and SEO specialist, project/product managers etc. Also, it’s a chance to secure your bag and I’m all for Black people doing exactly that. I know we’re supposed to want capitalism to burn but we still need to eat and we might as well be comfortable (but also help others) while we do so. As the great prophet, Davido once said: “in this life have money o or you go suffer”.
How can we support you & your work?
You can find my work on my website www.preciousma.co.uk.
My Instagram is @preshcreates so feel free to comment and share my work, recommend a babe etc.
Also, buy my book “There’s Rice At Home” it’s in 8 African and Caribbean languages plus English