I am preparing to apply for the GTV exceptional promise route. As a data scientist, I work with a software company that helps people leverage technology for improved livelihood by delivering quality services and time-critical solutions to solve urban and rural problems.
Personal Statement: My personal statement tells the story of how I stumbled into tech during my undergraduate years through the Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme. It highlights my journey from being self-taught in data analysis to freelancing, volunteering experiences and working in different fields such as edutech, tech NGO, and a software company. I then discovered an opportunity in fintech, where I integrated advanced technology to improve the UK economy through financial inclusion. I emphasise my versatility in experience, hunger for growth in the tech ecosystem and the contributions I can offer to the UK tech industry.
CV: Selected work experience: 2+ years as a data scientist and volunteering experience.
- LOR 1: Founder/CEO of the First EdTech in Northern Nigeria with a high public profile. I worked at Company B. (Include LinkedIn profile link instead of CV).
- LOR 2: Founder/CEO of an Edtech Company in Nigeria and the United Kingdom, nationally and internationally recognised and served as my mentor. (Include LinkedIn profile link, Wikipedia article and other relevant links)
- LOR 3: Founder of a Tech NGO in Nigeria with national and international recognition. I worked at Company A (Tech NGO) and also co-founded a fintech company in the United Kingdom. (Include LinkedIn profile link, Wikipedia article and other relevant links)
Evidence 1. NSA & PSSN Professional Membership Certificate + Additional Reference from Vice President (Professor) NSA/CESON/PSSN + Certification as a certified professional data scientist + Two Reference Letters from my mentors (CEO/Founder of Software Company & Director of Venture Financing).
Evidence 2: Document demonstrating my current company’s offer of employment + Payment Slip for 6 months, converted using reputable sources such as payscale.com and compared with the salary systems in Nigeria.
Evidence 3. Two media publications about myself and my work which include links to newspaper editorials + Endorsement letter from Head of Government Technology Organisation in Nigeria + Advisory Board Member to a Tech Startup + Social Media Announcement + Reference Letter from CEO/Co-founder
Evidence 4. Email Letter for Mentorship from two structured mentorship programs + Screenshot of LinkedIn post + Pictures during mentorship sessions with mentees + Reference letter from the mentorship program attesting my participation + Reference Letter from mentees + Screenshot of timeline of mentee journey.
Evidence 5. Two Guest Speaker invitation letters + Pictures during the events + Screenshots of audience feedback on social media + Reference letter from the organiser.
Optional Criteria 2: Contributions Outside of Work
Evidence 6. One Guest Speaker and one Panelist invitation letter + Pictures during the events + Screenshots of audience feedback + Reference letter from the organizer + Screenshots of program of events.
Evidence 7: Media Publication from a newspaper exemplifying thought leadership which Include links to newspaper editorials + Media Publication as the convener for a conference I organised for aspiring entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses which Include links to newspaper editorials + Pictures of me speaking on stage + Screenshots of social media posts stating the significance of the program.
Evidence 8: Email Letter for Mentorship from a structured mentorship program + Screenshot of social media post + Pictures during mentorship sessions with mentees + Reference letter from Mentorship Program Lead + Two webinar session invitation letters (virtual) + Unstructured mentorship sessions I usually host on social media + Recommendation letter from Northern Tech Ecosystem in Nigeria as an Ambassador (Only Female) from all the 19 states.
Optional Criteria 3: Contributions and Impact
Evidence 9: Promotion letter from current employer as a Lead Data Scientist + Reference Letter from CEO current Company C.
Evidence 10: Comprehensive overview of my contributions to company growth, including notable achievements such as generating a monthly revenue increase of $X, XXX and fostering enhanced community engagement + detailed descriptions of impactful projects I undertaken at company B (Edtech) + an assessment of the significance of my work at the current employer, company C (Software Company) + accompanied by a reference letter from the COO of previous company B.
I would highly appreciate feedback on my application as I am eager to receive constructive suggestions to further enhance my submission.
Thank you in advance for your valuable assistance!