Cover Letter for Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
I am writing to you to express my utmost interest and motivation to apply for the Erasmus Mundus Masters Scholarship in Big Data management and Analytics Program for September 2021. During my research, I am delighted to inform you that this program ad its course module particularly suits my interest and I will be most delighted to have an opportunity to study and explore the world of Data, particularly Big Data, Data warehousing, Data Mining, and Analytics. It is my humble desire to study at the top institution in the world and this Scholarship scheme will not only allow me this opportunity, but I also get to explore different cultures and backgrounds alongside building and positioning myself for the most sought-after career in the 21st century.
My name is Nafisah Abidemi Abdulkadir, I am a graduate of Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology Minna (FUTMINNA), Nigeria, One of the leading Universities in the areas of Technology in Nigeria. My passion and desire to study Computer science started when I applied for my Remedial Studies at The Center for Preliminary and Extra-Mural affairs in FUTMINNA It was here that I discovered my love and passion for mathematics and I decided to enroll for a full-time program in Computer Science. The ICT Labs, amazing lecturers, and well-equipped course contents helped me grasp a solid foundation in Computing and with my determination to succeed and apt attention in the classroom, I graduated with a 4.50 CGPA with 5.0 being the highest possible attainable CGPA. Asides from my academics, I took part in leadership and community development activities and I received several recognitions for my contributions both form my colleagues and from my lecturers. I was also awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the ISACA student Boar where I served as the Vice President Student Group.
The courses I took in my undergraduate days helped prepare me for the world of IT and helped me streamline my decisions to work with Data. Having taken classes in Database management, Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Object-Oriented Programming, Operational Research amongst others, I began to nurse a desire to work and further my skills in the field of Data Management and Analytics. Having been fascinated by what I had learned in the classroom, I decided to hone my skills by carrying out my Undergraduate thesis in the field of Machine learning. My thesis was titled "Classification of Breast Cancer using Relevance Vector Machine". It was my first research work and it helped enrich my knowledge as I had to review several publications before deciding on the algorithm to adopt. This thesis helped me understand what research entailed and how to write research papers. A publication was drawn out of this research work titled "Breast Cancer Classification Algorithm: A review" which was published at a conference.
To further hone my skills, I am currently taking the Udacity Nanodegree in Data Analytics and I have carried out several Projects using Python and SQL and this is in addition to other online courses that I enrolled in.
After completing my graduate studies, I started working as an IT Service Delivery Analyst (Intern) with Interswitch, a renowned Financial Technology Institution in Nigeria. In my current role, I work majorly with interpreting and analyzing data for the business using Excel, Power BI, tableau and with a solid background in SQL and Programming, I can quickly understand and write DAX equations and Formulas to solve data-related problems where necessary. In such a short time, I have come to garner so much knowledge, technical skills, and experience that will allow me to excel as a member of this program. Based on my impressive and outstanding performance, I received a full-time employment offer with the firm after completing my internship. This role provides me with the opportunity to explore and interact with BI tools and techniques, Business Strategy, Data exploration, and Value Creation for better business decisions and evaluation.
Beyond the basics of Business Intelligence, I see myself creating ETL and using advanced big data-related tools like Spark and Hadoop to solve advanced data-related problems and add value to the world of IT. The BDMA curriculum not only provides me an opportunity to learn from the best hands, but it also prepares and positions me for a long burning career desire.
Billions of data are being generated from all we do and everything that occurs in the world today and to further make plans to help prepare us for what may come next, advanced data analytics skills are required and I see myself with a burning rage to contribute to this career path that I have come to love.
I strongly feel I am the best fit for this program because I have the required blend of background knowledge (Computer Science and the Business) that would help me quickly understand what will be taught and how it relates to our day to day activities. Hence, this would help me apply and display a better understanding of Business Intelligence in decision making to further improve this sector.