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Jovannah Walker Verizon Digital Ready Mentor

Location Mississippi, United States of America
Mentor Industry Education/Training
Languages spoken
  • English
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How I can help

My professional background

I am a dedicated and versatile IT professional with a strong foundation as a Business Systems Analyst, Quality Assurance Analyst, and AI Data Developer. I have acquired a comprehensive understanding of various aspects of software development and integration processes. Leveraging my expertise and experience, I bring a unique blend of business acumen, technical knowledge, and analytical skills to ensure seamless systems integration and successful project outcomes. In my previous role as a Business Systems Analyst, I was responsible for bridging the gap between business requirements and technical solutions. By closely collaborating with stakeholders, I facilitate effective communication, elicit and analyze business needs, and design integrated solutions that align with organizational goals. Throughout the project lifecycle, I provide valuable insights and support during the implementation, testing, and post-implementation phases to ensure a smooth transition and optimum system performance.

Continuous professional development is a cornerstone of my career growth. Recently, I successfully completed the Jr Web Developer and Jr. Cloud Practitioner programs at Generation USA, enhancing my skills in web development and cloud computing. Currently, I am enrolled full-time at SNHU pursuing a dual degree in Software Engineering and Project Management. Additionally, I am actively engaged in the Google Associate Cloud Engineer Certification Program and the AWS CloudUp Certification Program, expanding my knowledge and expertise in cloud platforms and services. Driven by a passion for learning, I devote considerable time to daily research and self-improvement efforts. My focus spans a wide range of areas, including honing my integration skills and mastering various programming languages. This diverse skill set enabled me to excel in my responsibilities while continuously advancing my professional career.

With a deep understanding of cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and IBM Cloud, coupled with my programming expertise and knowledge of data management, I was able to contribute to the growth and success of many projects. I am committed to staying at the forefront of emerging technologies and industry trends, positioning myself as a valuable asset to my organization and clients. I am eager to leverage my skills, experience, and passion for technology to drive innovation and achieve impactful results. And yes, I handle all of the technical, security, website maintenance and monitoring services for my business.


How to work with me

What I can offer

My Mentoring Hours:

Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm CST.

I am willing to work around your schedule and around our time zone differences.

With a rich and diverse background spanning Business Analysis, Quality Assurance, Software Engineering, and ownership of an IT business, I bring a comprehensive skill set and extensive expertise to the table. Proficient in eliciting and documenting business requirements, I excel in process improvement and data analysis to drive strategic decision-making. In the realm of Quality Assurance, I design and implement robust testing strategies, ensuring the delivery of high-quality software products through meticulous testing and quality control measures. As a seasoned Software Engineer, I contribute to the full software development lifecycle, possessing strong coding skills in languages like Java and Python. My experience in Agile methodologies facilitates rapid and iterative development. As the owner of an IT business, I provide strategic leadership, foster client relationships, and identify growth opportunities. Adept in project management, I excel in planning, risk mitigation, and stakeholder communication. With an entrepreneurial mindset, I drive innovation and problem-solving, while my leadership skills extend to team building and cross-functional collaboration, making me a valuable asset across technical, strategic, and managerial domains in the IT industry.

My expectations for a successful mentoring relationship

With a rich and diverse background spanning Business Analysis, Quality Assurance, Software Engineering, and ownership of an IT business, I bring a comprehensive skill set and extensive expertise to the table. Proficient in eliciting and documenting business requirements, I excel in process improvement and data analysis to drive strategic decision-making. In the realm of Quality Assurance, I design and implement robust testing strategies, ensuring the delivery of high-quality software products through meticulous testing and quality control measures. As a seasoned Software Engineer, I contribute to the full software development lifecycle, possessing strong coding skills in languages like Java and Python. My experience in Agile methodologies facilitates rapid and iterative development. As the owner of an IT business, I provide strategic leadership, foster client relationships, and identify growth opportunities. Adept in project management, I excel in planning, risk mitigation, and stakeholder communication. With an entrepreneurial mindset, I drive innovation and problem-solving, while my leadership skills extend to team building and cross-functional collaboration, making me a valuable asset across technical, strategic, and managerial domains in the IT industry.

How entrepreneurs can prepare before we start

  1. Understand Their Business: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the entrepreneur's business, including its industry, target market, products or services, and unique challenges. Review any materials they provide and conduct additional research to familiarize yourself with their venture.  
  2. Clarify Expectations: Clearly define the scope and expectations of the mentorship. Discuss the entrepreneur's goals, what they hope to achieve through mentoring, and establish a realistic timeline. Set mutual expectations for communication frequency and preferred modes of interaction.  
  3. Assess Their Needs: Identify the specific areas where the entrepreneur seeks guidance. This could range from strategic planning and financial management to marketing, team building, or problem-solving. Tailor your mentoring approach to address their unique needs and challenges.  
  4. Review Business Plans: If available, review the entrepreneur's business plan. This document provides insights into their vision, mission, goals, and strategies. Understanding their roadmap will help you provide more targeted and relevant advice.  
  5. Evaluate Current Challenges: Discuss the entrepreneur's current challenges and roadblocks. Understanding their immediate concerns will allow you to offer timely and impactful guidance. This might involve addressing issues related to operations, scalability, market positioning, or customer acquisition.  
  6. Identify Strengths and Weaknesses: Assess the entrepreneur's strengths and weaknesses, both as an individual and within their business. This evaluation can help tailor mentoring to capitalize on strengths and address areas that may need improvement or development.  
  7. Familiarize Yourself with Industry Trends: Stay informed about current trends and best practices in the entrepreneur's industry. This knowledge will enable you to provide relevant insights and help them stay competitive in a dynamic market.  
  8. Prepare Mentoring Resources: Compile relevant resources, case studies, templates, or frameworks that may assist the entrepreneur. Having these materials ready demonstrates your commitment to providing valuable and practical guidance.  
  9. Establish Trust and Rapport: Prior to formal mentoring sessions, establish a foundation of trust and rapport. Schedule an introductory meeting to get to know the entrepreneur on a personal and professional level. Building a strong relationship will enhance the effectiveness of the mentoring dynamic.  
  10. Brush Up on Your Mentoring Skills: Reflect on your own mentoring skills and experiences. Consider any relevant training or updates that could enhance your ability to guide and support the entrepreneur effectively.