Joyce, who has been at Cellulant for 6 years, describes herself as introverted, hardworking, motivated and persistent.
She is in the Data Analytics team and is responsible for creating and sharing weekly and monthly reports with insights for the business using the Oracle Business Intelligence tool to help make decision making easier and faster.
Where did you go to university? What did you study and why?
I went to the United States International University- Africa. I did Information Systems and Technology. It was an elimination process, I knew I did not want to do a business course or international relations, so I had to choose between accounting and IT. I liked computers so I chose IT.
What drove you towards fintech and data analytics generally?
There is always a story behind data and I am always curious to find out what it is.
What attracted you to Cellulant?
Since I joined straight from university I would rephrase it to what made me stay? It was the work environment and friendliness of the people. There was always someone willing to help no matter how inexperienced you were. There was also this buzz when you got into the office that everything was always moving at a fast pace, be it an exciting project being worked on, a service issue being investigated, a sales pitch gone right etc. I wanted to see how I could fit in this lest I be left behind.
What drives you?
Learning new things. Every year I set a target to learn something new in my current line of work be it a soft skill or hard skill then review when the next year begins. This helps me break from doing repetitive work.
Describe Cellulant in one sentence
Making payment experiences seamless, borderless and convenient for Africans by Africans.
Which have been the most rewarding moments?
Interpreting data and creating easily accessible reports that are used companywide.
What words of inspiration would you give to young women and girls who still feel that data analysis, tech or certain professions are not for them?
It is normal to feel inadequate or suffer from imposter syndrome but it is how you change your mindset that matters such as learning to be open minded and adaptable to change. Accept that failure is not a bad thing but an opportunity for growth.
Who has been the biggest influence in your career?
My parents. Their resilience has played a role in a huge part of who I am today. I have watched them start and grow their business and along the way learn from the different failures they’ve experienced. The lesson here is to always be resilient!
How do you want to be remembered?
That I was helpful, resilient and a team player.
What do you love most about working at Cellulant?
The opportunity to learn and grow, be it from collaborative work with other teams or individual assignments. As our EVP states Unlimited Opportunities and Growth!
In your own words, what does Cellulant want to do in Africa and why is that inspirational for you?
It is providing an opportunity for Africans to collaborate and come up with solutions to African challenges that may impact the world.