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Highlight from the Employability Workshop

Employability Workshop

Saturday, July 14th was an amazing time at the recently held Employability Workshop. Participants were greatly impacted as they learnt about how to plan their careers, set career goals and create action plans for achieving their goals with Tokunbo Fasoro, skills employers want and how to develop these skills with Tosin Adekanmbi, they also learnt how to communicate before getting a job, talking about things as little as having a conversation with a friend to a referral or even an interview panel with Zika Nwaise and How to use your social media handles to sell yourself and get your desired job with David Williams. Sessions were interesting and engaging with our facilitators as participants were already taking personal decisions to implement what they had learnt and use the acquired knowledge positively to equip themselves for a fruitful and more engaging job and career hunt. There was also a breakout surprise session as participants took out time to wish a member of the BI Solutions team a happy birthday which was accompanied with some gifts and cake.   In summary, the workshop was educative and fun filled and we look forward to impacting more youths. Share on: WhatsApp Post Views: 62

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How to Discover What You’re Passionate About

How to Discover What You’re Passionate About

A common theme in most writing on goal setting is the need to follow your passions.  Do the things that make you want to get up early in the morning.  There’s only one thing missing: What if you don’t have any passions? I’m sure everyone on this planet has interests.  But that’s not the same thing.  Enjoying playing video games isn’t the same as spending thousands of hours designing your own.  Your passion has to be something you would work exceptionally hard for. So what do you do, if there is nothing you feel that engaged about? The Way to Start Isn’t With a Survey… A lot of career guidance involves measuring your current skills and personality, and then deciding what you would be most suited for.  I don’t like this approach because people are complex.  And any test will ultimately be a gross simplification of what’s important to you and what you like to do. I once heard a story about a wealthy woman who was looking for a husband.  She invested over $20,000 on a series of psychological surveys to match her with potential candidates.  She met individually with the dozen candidates that were her best match.  After ...

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Highlight from The Give Back Conference

The Give Back Conference Panelist

Last year was an amazing and impact year at The Give back Conference which was held on Sunday the 12th of November 2017 as important personalities from around the country were in attendance with award winning career specialist Jimi Tewe as Keynote Speaker. The objective of the conference was to enlighten the older generation about the problems our youths encounter today with relation to building a career, and the importance of helping them in our society. The impactful event featured a one hour Panel session on the topic “Empowering the Future’ where the panelist spoke about ‘Our depleting educational system’ and ‘Empowering your children for the future’. The Moderator of this session being Opeyemi Oduwole, Country Manager, Diamond priviledge and panelists: Osayia Alile – Consultant and Director, Act Foundation Pastor Opi Agha – Educationist and President WWP Worldwide Flora Omosevwerha – Head, Quality Assurance and Training for Customer Care 9mobile Ajibola Bamidele – Country manager, Certification Edge The event also featured the Unveiling of the book “Walking Your Way into Career Success” by Actor Seun Ajayi, a book which highlights Secrets to Career Success, Breaking The Glass Ceiling, Successful Entrepreneurship, The Exceptional Curriculum Vitae and Winning At Interviews, all written ...

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Sprinting Theory: How to Have Self-Discipline on Steroids

Discipline

There ain’t no such thing as willpower. Explaining away wins and losses by some magical force is only useful if you don’t understand anything about your own psychology. Having concrete theories about why your self-discipline can fail you is far more useful. I’m going to explore one of those ideas for putting your self-discipline on steroids. Using this concept has been incredibly useful in breaking through my own laziness. This simple idea I’m going to refer to as sprinting theory. 100-Meter Dash or Marathon? Running is all about pacing. If you go too fast early in the race, you’ll burn out all your energy far before the finish line. Completing a marathon is quite different than bursting through the 100-meter dash. If you get the pacing wrong you’ll either finish way behind or stop halfway. Pacing a sprint is straightforward because of one thing: you know the length of the race. You know before the starting pistol fires whether you’ll finish a brief lap around the track or several miles. The goal of sprinting theory is to help you set a pace for your discipline. Discipline is a Fuel Recent research suggests that self-discipline is a fuel, not a state ...

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9 Good Questions To Ask In An Interview

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Interviews aren’t just about giving the right answers—they’re about asking the right questions. John Kador, Monster contributor The landscape for job seekers today can be difficult. In other words, if you want a job today, the hard work starts when you prepare for the interview. That means not just nailing the interview questions you are asked, but actually asking the kinds of questions designed to make the interviewer sit up and take notice. It’s no longer enough to be qualified. If you want to stand out in today’s job market you have to show your excellence by asking excellent questions. These questions could also help you avoid a bad boss before it’s too late. Don’t squander an opportunity to shine by asking mundane questions the interviewer has heard before. Your goal is to make a statement in the form of a question. The statement is designed to: Highlight your qualifications. Demonstrate your confidence. Reinforce your commitment. Understand the employer’s challenges. Make yourself accountable. Advance your candidacy. Questions are the best way to demonstrate that you understand the company’s challenges, emphasize how you can help the company meet them and show your interest in the most unmistakable manner possible—by actually asking for the position. ...

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THE MONEY VALUE OF TIME

The Money Value of Time

By Opeyemi Komolafe A pretty popular cliche I hear is, “The time value of money”. I’ve never spent time analyzing this statement because I never had to, anyway, the object of my discourse is ‘The Money Value of Time.’ A few days ago, I dropped my children in school and was on my way when I came across an NNPC mega station. The queue for fuel was as long as the eyes could see and as endless as one could imagine. I needed fuel, but drove by and went to another which sold at N180 per liter…….No queue by the way!!! I truly started to wonder how a child of God possessing invaluable time with a purpose in life would spend two (2) days on a queue just to save an extra N35 per liter!!!!!!! Some people will eventually get a turn and buy twenty (20) liters, thus saving a mere N700!!!!!!! I understand that N700 is 2 dollars as such, can feed the poorest families in Nigeria for 2 days, but, if you own a car, or drive a car, you do not fall into that income bracket in anyway. Wasting all that time on a queue is wasting ...

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MY Time, My Money and My Energy

How to get a job through networking

By Tokunbo Fasoro As a child, Tiger Woods stuttered and for two years took after-school classes to correct his stuttering. Read what Tiger Woods had to say about his stuttering, “I know what it’s like to be different, and to sometimes not fit in. I stuttered as a child and I would always talk to my dog. He would sit there and listen until he fell asleep. I also took a class for two years to help me until I finally learned to stop.” Very few people have it all. We all have areas in our lives were we are struggling, but most times we ignore this things and continue to live like that when we can actually decide to put in some extra effort, invest a little time, or make a sacrifice by spending some money on fixing it. We may even need to invest in all of them- our Time, our Energy and our Money to ensure that those limiting areas in our lives are sorted. I want BIE readers to take out time to ask, “What area of my life do I need to invest in that will make me a better person”? Or “What aspect of ...

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How Do You Know If You’ll Be Successful

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By Brett Fox When times were really rough, I would get Avery’s magic eight ball. I would ask it, “Do you think we’re going to be a  success?” I would shake the eight ball and wait for the answer to appear in the triangle. The answer came back, “Prospect Good.” My fear was over for a day. The magic eight ball said we were going to be okay. Then, the next day I would shake the magic eight ball again. This time the answer came back, “No.” “It must be a mistake,” I said to myself. “Today, it’s the best two out of three.” So, I shook the magic eight ball again, and this time it came back, “Yes!”. I breathed a sigh of relief, but I still had one more shake to go. So I shook the magic eight ball really, really hard and this time it came back, “Maybe.”   And that about sums up the life of an entrepreneur, doesn’t it? It’s a big maybe. Unfortunately, no one can tell you, not even the magic eight ball, whether or not you’re going to succeed. But there are leading indicators. Here are my eight leading indicators of entrepreneurial ...

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What are your long-term goals?

Long-term Goals

The way you discuss this topic could make or break the interview. Try these exercises to stay focused so you can clearly state your goals with ease. Daniel Bortz, Monster contributor   How you envision your future is important to employers. They can tell a lot about the type of employee you think you are (or are hoping to become). That’s why one of the most common interview questions is, “What are your long-term goals?”Job seekers stumble on it for a number of reasons, says Julie Jansen, career coach and author of You Want Me to Work With Who? “A lot of people think of goals in terms of career progression,” Jansen says, “but employers aren’t asking whether you want to be promoted when they’re asking about your goals.”Other job seekers make the mistake of concentrating on salary goals, says Tim Cole, owner at career-coaching firm The Compass Alliance. “Saying what you want to be earning in a few years is a very ‘me focused’ response,” he says.Of course, how you answer this job interview question will depend on your industry and the position you’re applying for, but there are some general guidelines to follow when crafting your response. Relieve ...

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Salary Negotiation: Tactics Everyone Can Use

Salary Negociation

In this answer on Quora, Monster career expert Vicki Salemi tells you how to maximize your job offers by being a smart negotiator. Vicki Salemi, Monster career expert Q. What are some salary negotiation tactics everyone can use? A. There are several tactics you can use in salary negotiations, regardless of your industry, geographic region, and job level. One of the most important tips I can give is that you must know your worth. What is the going rate for someone in your position and in your region, with your level of experience? You can find this information from a variety of places—online, mentors, former bosses who work at other companies, peers. Once you know what the going rate is for someone like you, figure out your “break-it” number—that is, the lowest possible base salary you will accept. Identify this number prior to any job offer. When coming up with your break-it number, it’s important to calculate what your out-of-pocket monthly health care costs will be. When you’re comparing two offers side by side, one salary may seem much more lucrative, but buyer beware. Don’t forget to compare employee benefits packages and your commuting costs (time and money). Evaluate the entire ...

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