Wole Oluyemi is one of NIgeria’s foremost financial and investment analysts, a business coach, and strategy advisor to senior executives of leading companies.
He is an accountant with over 20 years of experience, which spans countries such as the USA, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, and Cameroon, among many others.
He is the brain behind DataPro, an initiative to empower young accountants and business analysts to upgrade their skills using a number of data visualization tools.
In this piece, he tells us all about DataPro, what inspired the initiative, as well as a number of other subjects.
What is DataPro?
DataPro is a project I started just at the beginning of l the COVID19 pandemic. It is not a software but an initiative to help young accountants and business analysts to “level-up” their skills on the use of data analysis tools such as Microsoft Excel and data visualization tools such as Microsoft PowerBI.
My team schedules different weekend learning sessions (as I am busy during the week) with different groups of people, usually on virtual platforms. Due to some recent challenges, the project slowed down in 2021. However, we’ve picked back up now.
Several of my colleagues in the industry, especially those working within the African continent, do regularly complain about the skill level of the junior employees. We can all complain about the quality and employability of recent graduates from countries such as Nigeria, but some of us needed to do something. The tools are already available, and so we just need to get them up.
Who is it for?
It is mainly for accountants, financial analysts, and business analysts, especially those who are just starting their careers in those sectors.
What does it cost to access the training/product?
It is FREE for all participants as I bear the cost of the logistics and other administrative arrangements.
How can interested users access the training/tool?
The learning sessions are usually advertised via my website (WoleOluyemi.com/DataPro) and my social media platforms.
What are your thoughts on continuous learning for professionals?
Learning is a part of life, and an essential one at that, which has been continually emphasized; it is often said, when you stop learning, you stop growing. As entrepreneurs or business people, it is even more important to develop capabilities to better run your business.
What are the top learning apps you would recommend for every professional?
In no particular order, they are: Audible, Coursera, EDX, Google-Books, Lynda, Teachable,The Khan Academy, Udacity, Udemy and YouTube.
What are your top efficiency apps?
These are: Accounting Software – Xero, QuickBooks, Bank Apps, Cloud Storage – Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox, Communication Tools – Skype, Telegram, Zoom, File Formatting Tool – PDF, Graphic Design & Photo Editing Tool – Adobe Photoshop, Graphic Design Tool – Canva, Health & Fitness App – GarminConnect, Networt – BCR Pro, Online Course Platform – Kajabi, Photo Editing Tool – Adobe Light Room, Productivity – Microsoft Office Tools: Word, Excel & PowerPoint, Sales & Marketing Tool – Kartra, ScreenShot Tool – SnagIt, Social Media – Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Sports – MySwingCaddie, Read more Quick View, Video Sharing Platform – YouTube.