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Volunteer: Ladder for Personal Success

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I was shocked when I heard from a friend that Cristiano Ronaldo, being a philanthropist and a blood donor, decided never to have a tattoo. It is not because he doesn’t want to, but because he is a regular blood donor and blood donors are not allowed to have tattoos. What strikes me most of all is the fact that he sacrifices this much, being just a volunteer, to give so much back to his society. Sometimes, we might just need to give back to our society by doing things for free. It might not always be money, it could be our time, or even ourselves (like Ronaldo). Whichever way, giving back is always beneficial and not just to the recipients. Here are some good reasons to volunteer 1) You acquire new skills Doing a volunteer job or giving your time to helping and making an impact in the society gives you interesting and challenging opportunities or experiences that could be added to your resume. That newly acquired skill could be what you future employer might be looking for. 2) It increases your self esteem Doing things for others gives you an increased sense of self-esteem and greater self-worth. Knowing ...

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3 personalities that have inspired me in 2016 – Kolawole Wright

Hey guys, it’s another wonderful week today and we are happy to have one of our BIE Readers share his article on the personalities that have inspired him, I hope you all get inspired because I sure am. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Adichie is a popular Nigerian Writer who was born in the city of Enugu, grew up in the university town of Nsukka in southeastern Nigeria, where the University of Nigeria is situated. While she was growing up, her father was a professor of statistics at the university, and her mother was the university’s first female registrar. Adichie studied medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigeria for a year and a half. During this period, she edited The Compass, a magazine run by the university’s Catholic medical students and at the age of 19, she left for the United States to study communications and political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia Adichie once lived in Chinua Achebe’s house, the Igbo author of Nigerian masterwork Things Fall Apart, and her desire to write was sparked by his work. Today, the Nigerian novelist, nonfiction writer and short story writer has been called “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed ...

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10 Types of Interviews

Interviews come in all shapes and sizes: Sometimes you’re with just one interviewer, and other times it may be more. you maybe asked to lunch, expected to solve a problem, or even invited to a Skype interview. 1. The Traditional Interview This is the scenario you’ll face most often: You sit down with a solo interviewer and answer a series of questions designed to help him/her figure out if you’re a great candidate for the job. 2. The Phone Interview Asked for a phone interview? A call is typically a first-round screening to see if you’re fit to come in for a full interview, so nailing it is key. You’ll want to prepare just as you would for an in-person interview, with some key adjustments for the phone format. 3. The Skype Interview Skype video interviews take the phone-screening interview to the next level, and they’re becoming a regular part of the job application process for many companies. From choosing the right on-screen look to making sure all of your tech systems are a go, you’ll want to be 100% ready for your TV debut. 4. The Case Interview The case interview is a more specialized format in which you’re ...

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Effective Recruitment in Digital Age

Not very long ago, preparation for an interview required people to diligently arrange their academic transcripts right down to the certificates they won during extracurricular activities in schools and college, in a neat folder with crisp white A4 size papers of their resume stapled in proper alignment with each other. “Every important document must be in print” was an advice given by elders in my family. I remember going a step further with laminating them to prevent any damage whatsoever, especially dog-ears. Those days even the discoloration of papers was also an agenda of discussion. As I look at my email signature saying “Think before You Print”, I cannot help but be thankful of how convenient our lives have become ever since digitization has happened. In my capacity as a Chief People Officer, I often encounter questions on how can recruitment be made effective in this digital age? What most people miss out on is that recruitment has already been effectively digitized. The age of paper resumes and CVs are gradually being replaced by their digital counterparts. Did you know, 14.4 million job seekers have used social networks to find a job; 93% of companies use LinkedIn for recruiting, 66% use ...

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Jim Ovia Foundation Scholarship Program

The Jim Ovia Scholars Program was founded since 1998. It is fully funded by Mr. Jim Ovia to provide financial aid to outstanding Nigeria youths. The scholarship was previously known as the MUSTE scholarship. Eligble awardees are supported for their undergraduate and graduate study for the duration of their program and includes tuition and maintenance allowances. The scheme offers an average of 100 opportunities each year for new applicants while renewing applicants are supported annually, conditional on meeting all eligible requirements of the scholarship. Since October 2010, Mr. Ovia has invested over 100 Million Naira in the program to support 1500 beneficiaries and counting. In establishing the Jim Ovia Scholarship, Mr. Ovia hoped to create a network of future leaders within Nigeria who can compete globally with their peers, bring new ideas, creativity and are committed to improving the lives and circumstances of people in their respective communities. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of personal intellectual ability, leadership capability and a desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout Nigeria by providing service to their community and applying their talent and knowledge to improve the lives of others. Over time it is expected that the Jim Ovia ...

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GOT A NEW JOB? TIPS TO HELP YOU BLEND IN

Shortly after graduation, I got my first job. I found it difficult blending into workplace, especially when I was just coming from an academic environment, the job was in Lagos Nigeria which was also a new environment for me and I had to learn a whole lot by myself. I took some time to study my environment, and I made a friend who had worked in the organization for about 10yrs, I could ask him over 10 questions a day. He was a very pleasant person, always happy to respond and put me through. Being a fast learner, the questions began to reduce in number and gradually became none, by then I had fully blended and had began to perform, at the end of the year, I was awarded the staff of the year. Here are a few tips that will help you speed up your blending process Ask questions: It’s a new job; of course you need to understand your environment and the culture of the organization. Aside onboarding and orientation, it is important you ask questions when you are not sure of what to do. I am sure there would be people around that will be happy to ...

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6 Baggages to Avoid in Achieving Career Success pt2

This is the concluding part of 6 Baggages to look out for to achieve career success. 3. Bad Association: Hanging out with the right association is extremely important. Remember, “He who has your ears, has your head”, give your ears to positive thinkers, a lot of us these days waste time with bad company and bad company corrupts the mind. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have fun, but it simply means have fun wisely and with the right people. A good number of businesses and ideas have been generated just by having fun or just hanging out, but remember “it’s with the right people”. 4. Fear: A lot of us are afraid to fail and will not even try at all. How do you know youcan’t make it if you don’t try? Most times, the difference between a success and a failure is just that the successful one tried. Of course, you may try and fall many times but what makes the difference is that you rise again. Very rich business men are ready to take risk with their money by investing in order to generate profit but the other keeps his money safe in a bank and it remains ...

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Elon & Mark: How the Success Story of these 21st Century Innovators Inspired Me

Hello guys, it’s another beautiful Tuesday today and I have decided to share with us, people that have inspired me. I hope we all get inspired. Elon Reeve Musk is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, Engineer and inventor.He is the founder of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors; co-founder and chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and founder of X.com which merged with PayPal of Confinity. In addition to his primary business pursuits, he has also envisioned a high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop, and has proposed a VTOL supersonic jet aircraft with electric fan propulsion, known as the Musk electric jet.Musk is also chairman of the Musk Foundation, which focuses its philanthropic efforts on providing solar-power energy systems in disaster areas. Musk started out in 1995with his brother, Kimbal, where they started Zip2, a web software company, with their father’s money which was later acquired by Compaq with Musk getting a percentage from the sale. In March 1999, Musk co-founded X.com, an online financial services and e-mail payment company, with money he got from the sale of Zip2. One year later, the company merged with Confinity, which had a money transfer ...

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6 Baggages to Avoid in Achieving Career Success – Tokunbo Fasoro

Today, we would be looking at a number of baggages we need to avoid in order to achieve success in our career; I hope we all learn something from this… Enjoy. An aspiring footballer will avoid being overweight, he will ensure that he is consistent with his exercises and able to perform at optimum for the time required to be on the field  without getting  tired because he knows that being overweight is a baggage that will prevent him from attaining success in his career. A good example is the Footballer Ronaldo De lima, who had to stay away from alcohol during his active playing days so as to keep fit and not gain excessive weight. We all have one baggage or the other thatkeeps us from fulfilling our dreams, we need to identify them and let go of them in other to succeed. Below are a few baggages any aspiring entrepreneur or one who wants to build a successful career should be willing to let go. Pride: To be successful as an entrepreneur, you must be humble, humble enough to understand and learn the nitty-gritty of the business. You must be able to accommodate nonsense provided you gain knowledge ...

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Apply For The World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Program

The World Bank Group is offering PhD students from Nigeria and other sub-Saharan African countries the opportunity to get hands-on experience with development research and policy making by registering for its Africa Fellowship Program. Successful applicants will work for a minimum of six months at the World Bank’s headquarters in Washington D.C., or in one of its country offices. The Africa Fellowship Program of the World Bank was initiated in 2013 by World Bank Africa Vice President, Makhtar Diop; it was conceived as a program which would ensure the continuous training of world-class development policy experts from the Africa, especially women. These fellows would, the institution hopes, go on to help countries across the continent thread the right path to sustainable economic development. It also opens the door to a possible career with the World Bank Group. Areas in which fellows will be working include economic policy, technical assistance to countries, and lending. They will have access to the World Bank’s impressive range of datasets, which they will use in research work, to be documented and presented to staff. These papers could also be published internally by the bank if they are considered to meet its standards. They have the ...

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