Meet Bravin, a passionate learner from Kenya who determined to enroll within the Coursera Workforce Restoration Initiative. Throughout a difficult time of unemployment, Bravin was decided to take advantage of his time to upskill and put together for re-entry into the workforce. See how he’s utilizing his new expertise and information to pave a brand new profession path:
When COVID-19 hit, the corporate I used to be working for needed to stop operations as a result of many of the purchasers had stopped funding tasks. Consequently, I turned unemployed.
Simply two years earlier, I had graduated from Machakos College with a level in accounting and a minor in finance, and began my profession as a CPA in Kenya. Getting into the workforce was thrilling, however my thirst and keenness for information had at all times been past the accounting career. I began creating an curiosity in information science, and after taking some on-line programs, I switched paths and landed a task as a junior information analyst at a market analysis firm.
Then got here the pandemic.
Due to my earlier expertise with on-line studying, I knew there have been alternatives on the market to be taught new expertise, and the Coursera Workforce Restoration Initiative* got here as a lightweight on the finish of the tunnel. I took it as a problem to upskill. I made a decision that, throughout my interval of unemployment, I’d be taught new expertise that would assist me turn out to be a greater market researcher and, finally, an entrepreneur.
The primary course I took was the Market Analysis Specialization supplied by UC Davis. I at present have two different programs in progress as properly the Statistics With R Specialization from Duke College and the Google IT Assist Skilled Certificates program.
Bravin’s recommendation: Select one thing to be taught that’s geared towards fixing an issue. That method you’ll be able to get pleasure from studying whereas fixing issues in your subject of curiosity.
Changing into a market researcher and studying the way to get insights from information for decision-making was on the prime of my studying bucket checklist. I’ve now gained expertise in these programs that allow me to write down well-structured requests for proposals for market analysis tasks and assist me create efficient questionnaires to assemble insightful information for purchasers. I’ve additionally discovered the way to apply R packages in information mining and scraping, particularly on social media platforms and different web sites.
After studying the way to write market analysis proposals, I used to be approached by certainly one of my purchasers to write down a proposal for his or her charity group. I efficiently wrote the proposal, enabling them to get a funding donation of Ksh.1000000!
I’m additionally completely satisfied to share that the Capability Improvement Programme in Africa took me in as their lead designer for all their social media accounts. Moreover, I registered a graphic design enterprise (b-graphics). I’m awaiting my license to begin practising, however I have already got purchasers. These are actually large wins for me and I’m grateful for having been capable of acquire this information on Coursera.
Bonus: A enjoyable truth about me!
I even have 4 parts to my title: Bravin Majani Mugangasia Luvayo. Majani means “inexperienced leaves,” Mugangasia means “wizard” and Luvayo means “playful.” I’m advised that I’m a fairly humorous individual in my neighborhood!
*The Coursera Workforce Restoration Initiative concluded in December 2020. You’ll be able to be taught extra about our Coursera for Authorities providing right here.