Exclusive interview with Business Analysis Consultant & Career Coach Eno Eka
Who is Eno?
Thank you for this question. I was born in Lagos, Nigeria and lived in Lagos till I relocated to Canada in 2018. I am the first girl of four children and had to take on the responsibility of taking care of my siblings as the first girl.
I love numbers and studied accounting at the University, after practicing accounting for a while, I decided to transition into the Project Management & Business Analysis career path. My experience spans across Construction, Oil & Gas, Banking, Finance and Technology industries.
When I moved to Canada in 2018, I moved here without any family and had to face the struggles of relocation all by myself. I lost my bags on arrival to Canada and had to start from zero. I was able to get a job in 2 weeks of arriving in Canada and have grown in my professional career since then.
I now own my own consulting company, Eny Consulting Inc, where I am helping professionals grow in their careers as Business Analysts and Agile Project Managers and helping companies grow their revenues to six figures and above.
I also love volunteering with immigrant communities here in Canada. When I am not teaching, I am reading a book, cooking or spending time with loved ones.
What are some of your major accomplishments?
Hmm... I must confess that I do have quite a number under my belt but first, let me tell you about what I do and why I have a lot of accomplishments. I am an award-winning Coach and Mentor, and I have been recognized for helping immigrants kickstart their professional careers & businesses in Canada. In 3 years of arriving in Canada, I have touched the lives of thousands of immigrants to Canada. How did I do this? I curated mentorship and coaching programs for immigrants to Canada, which have sought recognition & awards globally. I love to serve others and I volunteer with several non-profit organizations such as Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council & Immigrant Services Calgary to help immigrants to Canada integrate successfully and become gainfully employed. I am also a Women In Need Society Giving Back Challenge Sponsor. Through my donations they are able to work with thousands of women and their families every year - women fleeing domestic violence, single mothers and their children, and newcomers to Canada. I am also a sponsor and elevator for the FemImmiGRANTS Initiative, where I contribute annually to the pool of grants for female immigrant entrepreneurs. The grant is made up of Elevator’s contributions and is pooled together and then given out in the form of 0% interest, Non-payable grants to women-led Start-up ventures in order to help such scale their business a little higher to the next level of growth. I am deeply passionate about contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals 4,5,8 & 10, which are Quality Education, Gender Equality, Decent Work & Economic Growth and Reduced Inequalities. Through the work that I do, I have helped over 5000 immigrants kick start their careers and become more fulfilled. The average annual income of my mentees is $80,000 CAD. I have played an integral part in the digital technology space in Calgary where I was a Business Analyst Specialist leading one of the teams in the UNIFI project. This project is a merger of the banking systems for 4 large credit union divisions in Alberta under the Connect First Credit Union Family- First Calgary Credit Union, Mountain View, Legacy and Chinook Credit Union and has been nominated as Project of the Year by PMI Manitoba.. woohoo!!! This project was initiated to provide a unified banking system to serve its 120,000 members in 42 branches across central and southern Alberta through its First Calgary Financial, Legacy Financial, Chinook Financial, and Mountain View Financial divisions. Connect First is Canada’s 7th largest credit union, with over $5.4 billion in assets. With a staff strength of over 700 Albertans, serving 120,000 members through 42 branches. This is definitely one of my proudest accomplishments this year. You see, I also started my own consulting company Eny Consulting Inc founded in September 2018 8 months after relocating to Canada. Eny Consulting offers a bouquet of services that include but are not limited to; Business Analysis and Agile Project Management Business Analysis Certification & Coaching Business Consulting and Advisory for small to medium scale enterprises Business Analysis Consultancy and Content Development for Universities & Colleges IT Training and Consulting Services. I am also a consultant & course instructor at the University of Manitoba Extended Education, where I worked with the team to create the content for their first online business analysis certificate program in collaboration with the International Institute of Business Analysis. In the last 2 years, my awards and achievements include:
Forbes 30 under 30 nominee 2020, Education Category
Alberta Top 30 under 30 recipient 2021
Calgary Top 40 under 40 nominee 2019 & 2020
Universal Women’s Network, Winner 2019 Award for Mentorship
RBC Women of Influence 2020 Award Recipient
Top 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada 2020 Award Recipient
Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award in the RBC Future Launch Future Leaders category nominee
RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards Nominee 2020
2020 Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize Nominee
Top 8 Female Business Analysis Influencers To Watch in 2021-Globally Recognized & Featured by the IIBA
Campaign Ambassador for the United Nations and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Host of the Global Business Analyst Online Meetup
IIBA Global Corporate Member
IIBA Endorsed Education Provider for all IIBA certifications
Authorized Training Partner for Agile & Scrum through ScrumStudy
What exciting projects is Eno up to these days?
I am so glad you asked! I have been working on this for a couple of months now and proud to share that I am launching the world’s biggest online academy for Business Analysts called Business Analysis School. You can find out more at www.businessanalysisschool.com What is it that you do for your clients?
I help non-technical professionals get into tech as business analysts, grow their income to 6 figures & live a fulfilled life.
As a certified business analysis professional and coach who transitioned from an accounting career, I am passionate about helping others do this.
Being a Premier IIBA Endorsed Education Provider and also an experienced CBAP who has been recognized by the IIBA as the Top 8 Women Influencers In Business Analysis To Watch in 2021 amongst other recognitions, I guide my students on how to get approved for the certifications, pre-exam and on-the-day preparation as well as how to approach the exam questions. I also teach them the skills, techniques and mindset to get 6 figure jobs as Business Analysts.
Our online school, Business Analysis School is a global training & coaching company that helps professionals learn the skills they need to get business analysis roles over $100,000.
My primary business is Eny Consulting Inc which is a consulting and coaching company providing career coaching and training to professionals and Business Analysis Coaching through our online school, Business Analysis School I also love to partner with immigration settlement centres and non-profit organizations to provide pro-bono career coaching and mentorship programs. I have also partnered with certification bodies and institutes around the world to provide discounted training and coaching services to immigrants. This helps them upskill, gain new skills alongside the confidence they need to become gainfully employed. As a first-generation immigrant, this is very dear to me!
Who should hire/work with you?
You mean who should work with one of the best coaches in the world right?
I typically work with experienced high-performance professionals who are looking to transition and grow into Business Analysis careers.
My clients are individuals who have professional experience in any industry and are looking to uplevel and grow in their careers.
I work with anyone who wants to live a fulfilled life solving real problems for organizations, delivering value and being well compensated for the work that they do.
I have helped over 5000 people through my courses and training in over 15 countries across 6 continents, winning multiple awards for the work that I do.
My clients are located all over the world as I teach global skills and strategies for career transition and progression.
You can learn more about me on my website at http://www.enoeka.com
What is your big goal? Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?
I actually have so many big goals, but my biggest goal is to lead one of the world's biggest EdTech Startups, where we have helped over 10 million people improve their lives through Business Analysis.
Business Analysis is one of the top 10 highly in-demand skills that professionals can use to upgrade their careers and we want to be able to champion this all over the world.
In 10 years, we would have regional offices around the world and would have committed millions of dollars to our social responsibilities by giving back to the community.
I am also passionate about building educational centres across Africa to help bridge the educational gaps and help the people lear the new-age skills.
I am also committed to helping achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Through the work that I do, I have contributed mainly to the following SDGs and will stay committed to achieving them. SDG 4- Quality Education SDG 5- Gender Equality SDG 8- Decent Work & Economic Growth SDG 10- Reduced Inequalities
Why am I so passionate about education & business analysis?
I am passionate because I believe knowledge is power and having access to the right information changes people's lives.
I believe I can make a difference in the world by providing the right knowledge that will improve people's lives.
I also teach what I have personally experienced and that is why I am passionate about Business Analysis.
Business Analysis changed my life. It gave me a sense of fulfillment I never got in my previous roles.
My impact is felt across millions of people and I am touching lives through my work.
Imagine the feeling know my project that impacted my province and almost 300,000 people has now been nominated as the project of the year.
It is highly rewarding with great compensation & perks to go along.
As long as you are helping drive change, help companies increase revenue, save costs, improve processes and remain competitive then you are practicing Business Analysis.
I usually break this information down during the class taught at: http://www.businessanalysisschool.com
How to contact Eno:
Personal Website: http://www.enoeka.com Business website: http://www.businessanalysisschool.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/misspragmatic/ Linkedin: https://bit.ly/LinkedinEnoEka Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChHOIFLNiieDdmpIPOFUfJw Clubhouse: https://www.joinclubhouse.com/@misspragmatic Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/enoekaofficialpage Twitter: https://twitter.com/MissPragmatic