BEYOND THE JOB, WHAT CAN YOU DO?
I have mentioned in one of my previous posts how my mother sat me down
one day and asked me “Opeyemi, if your certificates were taken away from
you today, what skill have you acquired that can make money for you?”
Needless to say, that statement echoes in my mind everyday.
We live in a society that is basically focused of the number and variety
of certificates you have, and this has driven the average individual
towards getting more and more certificates/certifications. While getting
extra certifications are good, it is more important to acquire skills
that meet the needs of your current environment. Certificates are
currently so sought after that at some point (a lot of employers are
getting to this point already) the employer asks you at the point of
entry, “Beyond what your CV states, if we employ you, what can you
contribute to our team? What value can you bring to the table? What
gives you an edge over the other candidates? What makes you an
WHAT SOLUTION CAN YOU PROVIDE?
The X-Factor that makes you different.
Beyond the workplace, what solution can you provide, that will make
people clamor to pay for your services? In the world of today, anyone
who is not thinking of multiple streams of income is mentally in the
50s, and continually depending on one source to meet all your needs is
an unwise way to live.
At the point my mother asked me that question, I was into bead making.
Of course, that made me a lot of money in addition to my regular income.
I have since drifted away from building neck pieces to building manpower
for organizations and this is still beyond my 8am-5pm job. Basically,
you need to ask yourself.
“Beyond my certificate, what can I do to make some more money?” After
all, who doesn’t need a little extra money? Read more…