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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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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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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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Rainoil: Starting Your Business From The Scratch

I read this story on Gabriel Ogbechie, who happens to be one of my mentors, I was really inspired. It felt like he was talking about my exact start-up experience. Please be inspired! Good afternoon everyone. My name is Gabriel Ogbechie, I am the Managing Director of Rainoil Limited. Rainoil Limited is a company playing in the downstream sector of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. We’ve been in existence for about 19 years. The title of our lecture today is RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS IN NIGERIA: My Experience. So, essentially, we will be talking about running a business in this country from my own point of view. I am essentially going to share my own experience; it’s an experience that has worked, but I don’t want to delude myself by saying that is the only way through which it works. But let us learn from my own experience and see what we can get out of it. I attended the University of Benin. I left the university in 1987. I took a degree in Engineering, I did my Youth Service in Kano, 1987-88. I worked briefly in Kano, then came to Lagos and joined the company called Pricewater House. I ...

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“Be Like Sasha” – Tokunbo Fasoro

I was speaking to undergraduates at the University of Lagos last week on planning for a successful career in future . I emphasized that it was important to do some internships while on holiday. Our environment and upbringing in Nigeria has given us a general mindset that working to earn, or working to learn does not start until after graduation from the university. I have discovered from experience that most people who stand out in their early career lives have interned or done holiday jobs while still in school. Amazingly on the news I heard that President Obama daughter; Sasha took a job as a waitress in a restaurant. Amazing isn’t it? The question is “How many of us can actually do this?” A Nigerian or an African child from a middle-class family can hardly be caught doing holiday jobs today. The truth is that we have a lot of universities churning out graduates every day, the national population is growing, and universities are increasing in number all at a rate that is not commensurate to the jobs available out there – the question here is “How can I stand out?” Why wait till you graduate before you gain some ...

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How Does A Good Service Look Like (Sponsored)

Every business that is oriented on providing services requires a certain level of quality. A good customer service will bring you many more customers, on the contrary to the bad customer service, which can scare your existing and potential customers away. Learn what features of a good customer service are today. Whether you are a service provider or a service user – be sure to meet the highest quality services on Jiji. Don’t make your customers wait Patience is a virtue – but it doesn’t regard to your customers at all. As quicker you are able to provide your customers with the services required, the better reputation you will get. You see, time is the most valuable asset for any human, and every good businessman understands it. So the less time your precious customers wait for their order, the more often you’ll see them as visitors of your restaurant. Provide with transparent transactions This rule regards the online trading mostly, as the e-commerce has become especially popular nowadays. Remember that it is important for the customers to see what they pay for. It is important for the customers to be able easily access the information about delivery time frames and ...

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14 Success Tips for Young and Aspiring Entrepreneurs

A must read for aspiring Entrepreneurs!!! While growing up, I realized that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I did research on successful entrepreneurs who were in my line of business and I began to learn from them. I watched them closely; attended meetings where I could hear them speak. For those who had authored books, I tried as much as possible to read and learn from them. No one can know it all, we all learn from other people, especially people who have gone ahead of us. Here are a few tips I learnt from my mentors that have been of great help in my entrepreneurship journey. Push yourself – Keep learning. Try things you have never tried before. Ensure that your business is your passion – Do work that you totally believe in and would do for free. Get over your fears and just do it– You can never really know the outcome until you try it. Be positive – Always believe that if you can think it, you can do it. Click here to read more on if you can think it you can do it Have a vision – Ensure your vision is clear, written out ...

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The Management Student Association of UNILAG Organizes An Entrepreneurship Talk

We were invited to an entrepreneurship talk by the Management students of the University of Lagos. I was asked to speak on ‘What it takes to be a successful entrepreneur’ and I was so excited to find out that Mrs Ayodeji Megbope was a co-speaker. She happens to be one of the people who inspired me into being an entrepreneur about 5 years ago, when I listened to her speak at a meeting. It was a privilege to listen to her tell her story again, as she is a source of inspiration each time she speaks. Click here to view her inspiring story – “From 1k moi moi to the White House” I was also inspired by Mrs Eniola Salu Akintunde; the CEO of Styles by Saennys who got fired from the University of Lagos because she was running a full time programme alongside. She talked about how she took it as a challenge, went into entrepreneurship and today is a producer of Gem stones, accessories and unique jewelry items. Her company is one of the leading jewelry creation companies in Nigeria today. There were other inspiring speakers like Mrs Kemi Adesina, the CEO Kess Karpets and the CEO of ...

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Questions you can ask in an interview

At some point in an interview, an interviewer will ask if you have any questions. At this point, not asking questions can send the wrong messages like you aren’t interested or not prepared or you are not able to think. In light of this, it is essential that you ask questions. Prepare a number of questions to ask the interviewer because some questions you prepared might get answered during the interview. Below are questions that you could ask the interviewer: 1. What will it take to make me successful in this role? This shows the interviewer that you have interest in the position and are willing to be successful if given the opportunity. 2. Is there growth prospect in the organization? This shows the interviewer that you are a visionary and see yourself rising in the organization. It also shows the interviewer that you intend to stay in the company for a while. Besides you wouldn’t want to work in a company where there are no opportunities for you to grow. 3. What is your company’s culture like? This sends a message that you want to fit in as fast as possible and that’s an attractive feature to be known with. ...

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