Interview with a research analyst

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Hello,

Today we want to hear from a friend as he shares thoughts that would be beneficial to the rest of us.

Enjoy.

Can you tell us a little about yourself that is your name, when you were born, and early education?

Jerome Amedo, born in July 1988 , secondary education at pope John’s SHS.

What is the exact name or title of your career and for how long have you been pursuing this career?

Research analyst. I’ve been doing this for a year.

What motivated you to this pursue this career?

Expanding my scope and enhancing my network.

What was your career route to arriving at this career destination or where and how did you receive your training to prepare you for this career?

I was a loan officer for about 3 years. I haven’t had any formal training. But elements of my previous experience have been useful

If you had not pursued this career what other career(s) would you have wished to pursue?

Agricultural Finance.

What do you think will be the next big thing for the African market?

In general its clear technology is slowly replacing brick and mortar outlets across- industries. With a foundation on solid mobile money penetration this is a likely way forward. So we will see innovation in this space.

What about challenges in this a professional in this career?

Knowing the right people and getting the right information in the time it is needed

Are organizations in Africa resistant to do any sort of analysis? How can we push the decision makers to take this seriously?

They are very resistant to forms of third party data analysis. They prefer it to stay I house.  Even in cases where it is employed the focus is on “will this analysis impact the bottom line”

What should be done to encourage firms to research first before spending their money?

This is really the prerogative of the firm. If they know for sure the analysis will bring in money directly and tangibly they will be willing to do it. But as is often the case research provides options and doesn’t directly fetch money. Even though the costs of not researching are high.

What is your favorite site related to your profession?

What advice would you give to those who wish to pursue this career?

Know a bit of everything. Jack of all trades

 

Thanks for your time Jerome.

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