“Jays, dive in and swim towards me. You can do it. You are smart and courageous. Don’t let your fears stop you from trying. Jump into the water, you’ve got this!”
As my swim instructor continued to scream these words, the crowd of onlookers grew in numbers. The gaze of everyone in the swimming pool was fixed on me to see if I would dare jump in from the deeper side of the pool.
Why was it such a bad idea for me to jump in? well, I just started learning how to swim less than a week after living with the fear of water practically all my life. Also, I’ve never attempted swimming around the deeper part of the pool since I began my training session.
Why did I jump in against all odds?
My name is Joseph John, I love to try.
Someday I will share with you how that swimming adventure went (good news I didn’t die ? ), but today let me introduce myself to you.
I provide answers
I am first a human, then a patriotic Nigerian who has been monitoring trends closely in the digital space for the last ten years. I deliver analytic solutions and expert consulting to provide new insights, drive strategic decisions, and produce measurable results for my clients.
Nigerians love to ask what you do. And then pretend to listen to the titles and terms you spill forth in your explanation. A typical conversation at a party usually goes like this:
“Hey, what do you do?” [with an earnest interest gleaming in their eyes]
“I work as a corporate freelancer …” [their eyes hold steady]
“…deliver analytic solutions and expert consulting…” [their eyes begin to glaze]
“…to provide new insights …” [their eyes become void of expression]
“…and produce measurable results for my clients. ” [their eyes sharpen as an interjection is prepared…]
“OH, you’re one of those young urban techie types! Can you help me with my dataset?”
While this kind of exchange can be funny, or sometimes a touch frustrating, I do wish I could better communicate the diverse joys and intricacies of my work as a Data Analyst.
As a creative-tech-hybrid working as a freelancer, I collaborate with teams who have a range of skills and interests: developers, digital strategists, designers, data analysts, statisticians, and engineers.
I sit on the edge of an evolving technical world and constantly explore and learn what new things people are building and doing. My most valuable trait is being adaptable to whatever is coming next and the courage to always try.
But all that is a lot to convey to someone at a party who just wants a quick answer to their causal question.
For the people who really do want more of an answer — here is my story.
“A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.”
My love for technicalities and adventures made me fancy sciences. I’ve always wanted to study aeronautical engineering or electrical electronics, but thankfully Computer Science chose me. Within the last decade, I’ve had the opportunity to build incredible websites, develop programs, proffer solutions, and engage great minds.
I’ve worked internationally, in-house, and remotely on projects for leading brands, agencies, startups, and charities. I care deeply about creating world-class, useful, and beautiful products that help people and make a difference. I freelance, which means I can jump in at any stage of a project, or take on the whole project, from design to build.
Working As a Data Analyst
My pivoting into data analytics is something I like to share a lot because its not only inspiring but also informative. You can read a blog I shared on my transition into data analytics from web development.
I am passionate about working with organizations that want to make effective use of their data; from the first ideas around what they want to measure and how to capture data accurately, through data preparation, analysis and management, all the way to impactful presentation of insights.
I partner with clients to fully understand their business goals, and then design and implement analytic solutions that are tightly aligned with those goals. I collaborate with a highly skilled team of experienced professionals well-versed in a variety of statistical and data analytics techniques.
I have provided analytic solutions to clients in numerous fields, including financial services, technology, retail services, manufacturing, and higher education.
I want to affect the world around me so I am out to solve complex analytical problems and devise solutions to maximize business efficiency, working with numbers and data.
I have stories I need to tell and beliefs I need to share.
If you would like to bounce ideas off me, I am just a click away