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BIE Entrepreneur of the week: Tunde Owolabi

We are proud to introduce TundeOwolabi as our first Entrepreneur of the week, enjoy. TundeOwolabi was born in Lagos, Nigeria.He is an artist, photographer and a designer. He studied painting under the tutelage of Professor Abayomi Barber, a renowned Nigerian artist at the University of Lagos, and later obtained a degree in Graphic Design from Yaba College of Technology. After his degree, Tunde became a freelance artist, a journey that led him to develop a keen interest in photography. He went on to study photography and photo retouching at the University of the Arts, London Tunde worked as a designer at the research studios, London under Neville Brody, English graphic designer, typographer and art director, working on accounts such as nickelodeon, Somerset House, Sofitel etc. On returning to Nigeria in 2009, he worked with Insight Communications, a most sought after advertising agency in Nigeria as an art director, working on brands such as Pepsi, Heineken, Mainstreet Bank, to mention a few. He started TundeOwolabi Studios in 2011, offering design and photographic services. Tunde left advertising in 2012, to start StudioMO, with a partner, while still running TundeOwolabi Studios. He has since become a full time studio artist photographer and designer. ...

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5 Common CV Blunders – Tokunbo Fasoro

Remember your resume creates your first opportunity to make a great impression on potential employers: 1. Telling untruths – Be honest about your skills, achievements & work history. A lot of people also lie about their age. Lots of times, lies and exaggerations will come back to you when employers do background checks. Sometimes an interviewer can tell just by looking at your academic record. Ensure you stick to the truth. 2. Listing irrelevant work experiences: Emphasize the relevant experience for the job you are applying for and stay focused. Listing everything you have done in your work-life might end up shooting you in the foot, as it will give an impression of a lack of career focus. 3. Copying and pasting job responsibilities from the internet: Employers can actually visit Google if they want to see job responsibilities. Employers want to see more of your exact experience on that job, and your achievement in that role. 4. Over the top designs: CV’s should be easy to open and view. Avoid pictures, use a common font and don’t get too creative with borders. Keep things simple. 5. Using an informal email address: The right email address can boost your professionalism. ...

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Make That Dream A Reality… Tokunbo Fasoro

Make That Dream A Reality One very cold morning, in the middle of harmattan when visibility was very poor, I decided to take a walk round my estate.It has been scary walking around for some time since a resident saw a large snake on the road and another saw two of them on his balcony.  However, that morning against all odds I got into my trainers and began to walk; then I got to a road. I could only see the beginning of the road because of the poor visibility and I was afraid to turn into it because it had only a few houses with the other houses still under construction. “Of course, that is a potential snake hide out…” I thought. I also thought of a very big snake somewhere in the middle of the road and I stood there for a while trying to make a decision as to what to do next. Then I decided to take courage and take the first step… then the next one, then I took a third, and I began to see more clearly, the road looked wider and I could move more easily and more confidently with each new step ...

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The 2 year Frontline Internship Program with Access Bank

The 2 year Frontline Internship Program This is an exciting opportunity for fresh graduates who are passionate about people and are interested in exploring various career options or require work experience as a pre-requisite for an MBA programme with a leading international university. The frontline internship program offers on-the-job experience and classroom trainings that will significantly enhance the applicant’s customer service and people management The 2 year Frontline Internship Program This is an exciting opportunity for fresh graduates who are passionate about people and are interested in exploring various career options or require work experience as a pre-requisite for an MBA programme with a leading international university. The frontline internship program offers on-the-job experience and classroom trainings that will significantly enhance the applicant’s customer service and people management skills. On a quarterly basis, the applicant will be exposed to a minimum of 8 hours classroom training which is in addition to the on-the-job experience. This programme is for you if you: Have a Minimum of 2nd class lower degree from an accredited university Are below the age of 24 as at the date of application Have the legal right to work in Nigeria Are willing to learn Uncertain about your future ...

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CHANGE: A COMMON ENEMY – Stanley Awelewa

In our journey through life, we always aspire for greatness but we are often faced with several challenges. At one point or the other, you may come across people who appear to want to sabotage your growth. Why? It is simple, not because they are bad or evil, but because they are afraid of change. They are afraid because your change will force them to change, and they feel they either can’t change or don’t want to change. They will try to hold you back (sometimes unconsciously) in an attempt to keep everything familiar. In their minds, they are trying to protect you, but are they? No, they are not. They are only really looking out for themselves. You must realize that for effective change and growth, nothing stays the same. To do a new thing, you must empower yourself, grow and evolve. You must grow into a different (and hopefully better) version of yourself. For you to see those beautiful wings in the sky, the caterpillar must change (a complete metamorphosis) into the butterfly. Of course when it flies, it leaves the tree which has housed and nurtured its cocoon behind. In the same way, when we evolve into ...

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Would You Hire You? – Zika Nwaise

Some time ago, I had a chat with a long lost friend who told me about how she has been unable to secure a job and the only jobs around were low income jobs, so she had to settle for a job she “wasn’t proud of”. She told me about her endless search for a job until she finally gave up, consoling herself with the phrase – ‘There are no jobs’. I know at this point, you may be saying ‘oh yes that is true’ but I want you to take a minute to study this. If you had an organization and wanted to recruit staff, would you entrust your organization into the hands of someone you are not sure of his or her competency? Someone with no experience, whose resume looks laid back? If there was an opening for a ‘little or no experience’ position and you had two people applying for the job: One who has no experience at all on the job and shows no capacity to handle the position but is willing to learn… One who has very little experience but has demonstrated that they can handle that position with examples and illustrations of the things ...

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Steps To Becoming A Smart Project Manager.

Here are 5 steps to becoming a smart project manager Plan Your Project Putting time and thought into the planning of the project is the first and most critical step. While it might be tempting to plough ahead when enthusiasm is at its peak, retreat and have a think about realistic timelines and goals and set definitive deadlines for each.  It’s All About The People Having the right team in place to implement the project is another necessity when planning. The right people with the right skills assigned to a project will ensure a project is carried out as smoothly as possible. Communicating With The Team Having an in-depth discussion regarding responsibilities, expectations and deadlines is the next step. Have everyone’s roles laid out clearly and plainly, making sure everyone understands what’s expected of them. Have brief update meetings on a daily or weekly basis to ensure the project’s progress and so that any problems that arise are addressed on time. Organize, Prioritize and Be Flexible Having a management tool in place can be invaluable, allowing a clean, no-nonsense and organized approach to managing a project. Get the biggest jobs done first – that way, should issues arise, you will ...

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The Value of Self Impact – Zika Nwaise

  Over the years, I have realized as an HR person that people stand to gain a lot when they make a will to learn for themselves. Many times when we organize interviews, we meet different calibres of people ranging from the ones who are prepared to the ones who can never be ready except for an intervention in their lives. But in all these, I noticed that eighty five percent of the ones who stand out are the ones who usually attend trainings, conferences, programmes, seminars and even volunteer jobs. So many times I wonder why, but I have come to discover that ‘you are what you hear’.  These people no longer need to read question and answers from the internet for an interview because they have an experience for whatever questions they are being asked, they have groomed themselves to the extent that they don’t depend on other people’s opinion about a particular issue. So… why don’t we make out time to build ourselves instead of depending on others, there are some free reasonable trainings out there looking for people to fill up the spaces. Let’s all make an effort this year to impact ourselves for ourselves’ sake. ...

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Great Leaders Are Not Born They Are Made – Tokunbo Fasoro

  Being a great leader is not something that happens over night, you need to work hard at developing that skill.  It is achieved through discipline, hard work and commitment to continuous improvement through experience. So kindly follow, enjoy and share with your friends. Great leaders are not born, they are made. Here are a few rules or habits that can help you develop your leadership skills. They think of others first- It is not about you, but about the other person. Great leadership is always about “How can I serve this person or these people?” They crave for new things- The desire to learn more, the hunger for wisdom; they are open to feedback, new ideas, different opinions and views. They take responsibility- They take responsibility for their actions; they don’t push blame on other people. They listen to their team- Great leaders always listen to their team. Who knows you could learn something from a fool! Besides this will make your team members feel relevant and in turn confide in you. Be an example- Be the type of person you want your team members to become. Be consistent and make firm decisions- Don’t leave things undecided for a ...

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Signs Of A Bad Startup Culture

I was interviewing an engineering candidate a while back. Everyone on the team really liked him, and we were set to hire him if our interview went well. It turned out that I liked him too. He was smart, passionate about his work, and I felt he would fit into our culture quite well. He was working at a competing startup, so I asked him what was his motivation for leaving: “The founders were fighting all the time,” he said. “It made the work environment really bad.” You’re not going to have a great culture if the founders are fighting with each other. Here are some other signs of a bad culture I’ve seen during my career: A. Too much “I” and too little “we”. I worked at a company once where every other word out of the CEO’s mouth was “I”. “I dd this.” OR “How’s my division doing?” It’s very demoralizing for the rank and file. B. The emperor has no clothes. Not surprisingly, this same CEO never wanted to be told anything wrong. How can you do your job if you can’t tell the CEO problems? It’s very difficult. C. The rise of the ass-kissing sycophants. A ...

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