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No experience? How to find a job

Finding a job with no experience in an economy that is already struggling can seem like a truly daunting task. Don’t get discouraged just because you lack professional experience – there are many things that you can do to increase your employability. Become a volunteer One way to gain experience in a field is to seek out a volunteer position. Many companies do not post volunteer positions online so be sure to ask a specific organisation if they have any volunteer positions available. Even if it is difficult to volunteer in your specific field, volunteer anywhere so you can show that you have been productive. A great volunteer can often lead to the offer of a paid position. Alter your CV Many people wrongly assume that a CV has to only be about work experience. A CV can be functional and can instead highlight skills, education and/or training. Work on a CV that shows your skills and abilities rather than one that simply has a limited work history. Tailor each CV to the job you are seeking. Network, network, network Networking is arguably the most important way to find a job when you have no work experience. Make connections through ...

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BIE Entrepreneur of the week: Temitayo Balogun

Temitayo Balogun is the Founder and Creative Director of May Couture, a customer-focused accessories & design brand in Nigeria. Born in the quiet city of Akure, Ondo State, she grew up in Ibadan, Oyo State and went back to Ondo State to study Industrial Chemistry at the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba. She’s right now completing her Master’s in Analytical Chemistry at the Federal University of Technology, Akure. While at the University, she began this journey into creativity and craftsmanship, having had a deep interest in her formative years. By 2014, the brand had become full-fledged and orders were received from different parts of the country as testimony to the uniqueness and quality of her handmade products. Of her beginnings, she says: I think I’ve always loved to do things with my hands, and make people look good. Looking good is good business, you know? Way back, immediately after secondary school, I learnt beadmaking. I’d seen a lady use bead and said to myself, “I can do this,” and I’d gone ahead to buy beadmaking materials: beads, fishing line, hook…the whole nine yards; everything I need to make my dream of making beads come alive. But I needed the “know ...

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Growth Is Never Enough – Stanley Awelewa

Growth, either personal, career or organizational is usually never enough. For growth to be sustainable, it must keep evolving and must always be a product of strategy, collaboration, innovation and disruption. This approach to growth might involve setting a time frame, understanding the limitations and working around them, utmost dedication and creating a working and sustainable partnership. Growth sometimes is a painful experience, because it involves leaving a whole lot behind and evolving into the next phase of life or career. It always involves innovation and a whole lot of hacking (trimming off old appendages). Growth is done in stages. Stages of innovative growth are: Growth to protect Growth to transform Growth to sustain Growth to improve on the sustained transformation No matter the stage of growth you are, whether in your personal life or in your career, you have to keep evolving and never stop so as to ensure that your growth is sustained and relevant. For organizational growth, the organization must first define what growth means to them. For organizations to experience the growth they are looking for, they need to act decisively, work together towards one common goal and ensure that somebody takes the lead. However, growth ...

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3 Tips to Carry Yourself With Confidence

Live life free of fear, insecurity and self-doubt. Here’s how. Fear, insecurity, self-doubt and the like can be the biggest obstacles many of us face in life. To overcome that negativity, many people turn to unhealthy or compulsive behavior. This undesirable behavior “may temporarily numb that negativity, but it won’t put you on a healthy and wholesome path,” says Darlene Hunter, a renowned speaker and author of Win-Ability: Learn How to Navigate through Life’s Challenges with a Winning Attitude. “While some people buy very expensive things to feel more confident, there’s an affordable way to yield the same result: positive thinking.” Hunter maps a path supporting the confident lifestyle: Do what you love. You reap a great sense of accomplishment and joy when you chase your passion—something you will do even if you aren’t paid. Following your passion allows you to gain skills in areas in which you are already strong and will push you to become better. Be true to yourself. Do not set your career or life path in a certain direction based on what friends or family members want for you. It’s also important for you to think honestly about your resources, skills and abilities along with ...

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6 Reasons you should get an education via E learning

In the world today, it is no longer news that there is a gap between the usual classroom learning and what learners actually want; if given a choice, learners would prefer mobile, relevant, personalized and self-paced content at a point of need. Whilst many want learning at a point of need, many learn in evenings and at weekends and on the way to or from work. Ask yourself, as we race into the 21st century: do you have what it takes to compete and excel in the new economy? Forward thinking organizations and individuals around the world are jumping on the e-learning bandwagon through certificate courses and certification programmes. Don’t be left behind because you lack the skills and knowledge necessary to keep up. Millions of learners and hundreds of thousands of organizations have taken steps towards their dreams through various e-learning pathways. Don’t be left out in the new dispensation. Many have asked us to provide cogent and convincing reasons why they should invest in online learning programmes. Here is our expert opinion on the value of e learning drawn from our years of experience in the sector. The following are the clear evidence of what eLearning brings when compared to the ...

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BIE Entrepreneur of the week: Raychelle Chinyere Otiocha

Raychelle Chinyere Otiocha is a 22 year old Pastry Chef; she was born in Warri, Delta, Nigeria where her mother had a small cake business which continued as they moved to Oman, back to Nigeria and then settled finally in Houston, Texas. Growing up, Raychelle had always had fun helping her mother with her orders but had her mind on drawing and painting; she realized she had a particular interest in baking and cake decorating when she was about 17 years old. The interest grew into a passion but convincing her parents about this was a difficult task. After about a year of asking God to help her convince her parents, she went off to culinary school with the support of her parents. After finishing culinary school, she realized she wanted to go to a university to pursue a degree in business for she someday hopes to own her own. She then enrolled in classes, and is still in the pursuit of a bachelor degree in business. Through this whole journey, Raychelle has come to understand that everyone’s story is different and that it is okay. “As an African it is common to compare progress with my mates, but I ...

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National Career Fair 2016 Projects New Role Models To #BELIKE

In line with the annual capacity building agenda of the annual National Career Fair which aims to reduce the alarming rate of unemployment in Nigeria, the organizers of the program have launched career development initiative tagged#BELIKE. The initiative is borne out of the realization that the dearth of career role models and the distinct absence of structured direct mentorship are some of the biggest challenges facing young people aiming to succeed in their chosen careers. Young people have continually looked up to the same set of elite Nigerians in various careers for many years and the likes of Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, Mike Adenuga to mention a few, have enjoyed the monopoly of being regarded as the barometers for success. But the important question for students and young people at this moment is why #BELIKE these few tycoons when you can actually #BELIKE the new career role models who are smart, driven individuals that have created job opportunities in various professions and is no doubt a source of inspiration to students and young people in general due to the challenges they faced on their path to success. A few of them have been projected on the National Career Fair’s #BELIKE platform. By projecting these role models, the #BELIKE campaign platform aims ...

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Working Your Way into Career Success – Tokunbo Fasoro

A lot of us make mistakes in our career choices because we do not plan. We assume that our grades can get us to our target careers. I was speaking with a group of students in a University in Lagos about how we have so many second class upper and first class candidates these days. In my own days, a whole department might just produce one second class upper and no first class student at all! Lol! On a serious note, this simply means that there is a lot of competition out there. The question is“What makes you stand out from the crowd?” This question led to my developing the acronym DPA, i would like to share with BIE readers today. Follow these steps and you will have a great chance at career success. Discover Prepare Act Discover:  Know yourself –“Who am I? What are my likes? What am I passionate about? Where do I see myself happy in the next 10 years?” A lot of people are miserable and stuck in the wrong careers just because they failed to take time to discover, who they really are. Prepare: Match those abilities, passion and who you are with a particular ...

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Toyin Subair: HiTV 101

The HiTV story is one which will be etched in the Nigerian business history books. After a long hiatus, Founder of HiTV Oluwatoyin Subair has opened up and shared his no-holds-barred view on what happened. The article was originally published on his Linkedin Page. *** My great mentor asked me one day, a few years ago, why after the appointment of a Receiver/Manager by GTB over the assets of HiTV I gave up fighting and just rolled into a semi coma. He said this because, he knew how hard we fought to save it. I responded with the story of King David crying to GOD over his sick child but then quickly wiped his face off, ate and started drinking, when the child was pronounced dead. You really just must know when to move on so that you can see and take the future opportunities that will come your way. Thereafter, Solomon, the wisest and richest ruler of Israel was born to David because he looked and lived forward. People who care, ask me what happened to HiTV and others in their supreme wisdom profess their own reasons. I have kept my peace and quietly moved on in life, until ...

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Don’t let your background limit you – Tokunbo Fasoro

I have the permission of my friend Seyi to tell this story, Seyi was born into an extremely poor family, his father was an illiterate and his mother left him when he was a baby. His father desired that his son would go to school. Seyi went to a free primary school and knowing his father would always ask him what he did in school every day, he made it a habit to pay attention in class and always took down notes.  He later attended a low standard secondary school, which was because his father could not afford to pay the fees of a good school. Seyi worked extra hard in challenging environment but fortunately passed his exams and got into the university. Of course paying school fees and feeding was extremely difficult, Seyi had to devise a plan to succeed. The Plan Seyi studied hard and then started to teach the rich students in the University in exchange for Money, Food and Transportation. He worked really hard to ensure that he got the good grades to be qualified to teach people. I remember, a few friends and I had to contribute some money to buy him his first pair ...

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