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Walking your way into Career Success

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Article written by Tokunbo Fasoro We make mistakes with our career choices because we do not plan. We erroneously assume that relying alone on our grades and degrees can get us to our target careers. I was speaking to a group of students at the University in Lagos about how we receive in recent times, so many job applicants who are second class upper and first class degree holders. When I was an undergraduate, it was quite different. At that time, a whole department could have only one graduating student with a first t class! This simply means that presently, there is a lot of competition. The question is: “What makes you stand out from the crowd?”In a bid to answer this same question, I developed the acronym DPA – Discover, Prepare and Act. Follow these steps and you will have a great chance at career success. Step One – The Discovery Phase: this is the phase where you discover who you are. Here are a few questions you need to ask yourself. Taking action on the honest responses can determine your positional happiness in the next 5 years.Before you choose a career to ask yourself these questions:1. Does this ...

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Within you lies an opportunity to be a star

I was talking to a friend /colleague and he went on and on about how unappreciated he felt at work and how not belonging to a cabal at work made him continuously viewed as an average performer yet he goes above and beyond with his work. We had a lengthy discussion and some salient action points on how he could work through the barriers he was currently going through … I thought to share cause someone here could find it useful. Opportunity always follow value…it may not come now, it’s definitely lurking somewhere in the corner. When you increase your value, you create opportunities. Adding value is the way you appear, prepare and organize…it is found in your execution, it’s how you understand the needs and exceed them not just meeting the expectations of your customers (internal and external)   There is no such thing as job security…the only way to secure the future is to become more valuable. He was totally demotivated so we agreed that one of the best ways to fall in love with your job again is to remember the first day you were picked among others…look for ways to add value to every task, assignment ...

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Beginner Mistakes To Avoid In choosing A Career – Tokunbo Fasoro

A lot of young people end up with the wrong career for different reasons and they find out that they are very unhappy but stuck in that career. For the lucky few who can get out, they have to start building another career from scratch after losing valuable time. I have outlined 6 beginner mistakes in choosing a career so that you can avoid that pitfall. 1. Yielding to Family Influence: A lot of parents these days, especially in Africa, box their children into a corner and would not let them express themselves. A lot of parents want their children in ‘prestigious’ career paths such as the legal and medical profession, but the question is “Will you be happy living your life as a lawyer? Or a doctor?” Please do not be influenced by your family. Caving to Peer Pressure: ‘All my friends are going into this profession, I would also like to do it’. Will it make you happy? Allowing the Poor University structure chart your course: Here in Nigeria, a lot of students are forced into the only courses that are available in their universities. It’s more about availability and less or none of passion Seeking Money: A ...

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Are You Stuck In A Career That Doesn’t Make You Happy? – Tokunbo Fasoro

A good number of people are scared and unhappy with their jobs, they are afraid that they may be stuck in that job for the rest of their lives. In my experience as an HR Consultant, I have had a lot of people walk up to me telling me they hate what they do, they dread going to work, and they have been stuck with those feelings on that job for years. I remember a time I changed jobs because I wanted to try something new in a different environment. I would always look forward to Fridays because of the upcoming weekend, meanwhile, Sundays were the unhappy days because I would have to go back to an environment I dreaded for the next five days. I patiently waited for two months on that job before I happily resigned. I had the money and the fancy title but it did not make me feel good. These are a few tips that may help you, if you find yourself in this situation. 1. It is okay to want something different: A lot of us tend to endure the feelings and end up unhappy, most times till the end of our lives. The ...

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All It Takes Is Some Care, Some Dedication And A Little Discipline – Tokunbo Fasoro

One morning, while on holiday, I decided to take a walk around the environment. After walking a few meters, I couldn’t but notice how neat and properly maintained all the lawns around looked. I mean ‘ALL’ the lawns! They looked so perfect, it was like I was looking at a picture. Then I noticed something- I saw that 4 different houses had people mowing their lawns, and I saw a woman tendering the flowers in front of her house. I was so amazed that these people paid so much attention to their environment. I saw dedication. I saw discipline. I just kept looking on in admiration. Then I began to think, if only we paid such attention to our lives; in the same way that made this environment look so perfect in areas such as our careers and goals, it could probably become perfect one day . If we could just take sometime to think, “How can I become perfect on this job? What do I need to do to get to the peak of my career? What do I need to do to take this business to the next level? How can I stop this addiction?” And so on… ...

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