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Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life – Tokunbo Fasoro

I remember fresh after service year, my friends and I were excited looking out for job opportunities. We just couldn’t wait to dress corporately and begin to earn some big money……….. so that we could go shopping. That was all we imagined. We had no career plan or professional path. Any job that could do this for us was good enough! In a couple of weeks, one of us got a marketing job and the pay was good. She could now dress corporately and of course she got a cute red car in addition. Boy, were we jealous! Sometime after she started work, I asked her if she was enjoying her job, and she said to me, “I don’t enjoy the job, but the money is good and the car is cute“. She added that all she wanted was to save up some money and move into the next job. Unfortunately, by the time she wanted to move, all the offers she got were for marketing positions because that was all the work experience she had acquired. She ended up changing jobs about 8 times within 10 years until she finally gave up to focus on learning professional makeup. I ...

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A Message to 2016 NYSC Batch ‘A’ Stream II Corp Members from the BI Empowerment Team

The BI Empowerment team would like to use this opportunity to congratulate the 2016 NYSC Batch ‘A’ Stream II Corp Members who will be heading to camp today. First of all, we would want to correct a popular opinion that NYSC is a waste of time. It is not! The one year work experience is the most important part of your CV to we Human Resources Consultants and in building a career both as a career person or an entrepreneur. We have a few nuggets for you 1. NYSC is the first work experience most graduates have, this is the time to prove that you are different from every other graduate. You need to work hard and stand out in your place of primary assignment. 2. Job responsibilities can be copied, we need you to get in there and achieve great things, initiate and Implement great Ideas that will make your CV stand out from others. 3. Do not go into a place and never leave a mark people can look back and say it was when this Corp member was here that he or she introduced this. A positive mark that will make people refer to you forever. 5. ...

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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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Networking Series (2) : “Creating Relationships” – Tokunbo Fasoro

The most important professional/business activity we engage in is networking. One sunny afternoon, I decided to go to the construction site to oversee how the renovations were going on an office space we just acquired. We had been cracking our heads on how we were going to partition it. This had become a big problem to us. As I parked my car, I saw a young woman just coming in too. I smiled at her and asked if she was a tenant as well. She said “Yes” and we got talking. We talked about her business then proceeded to talk about mine. I told her what I was passionate about and took her to the space we just acquired in the building. I went on to tell her how we would like to have a graduate school, and about how we intend to rent seminar rooms for that purpose. She immediately asked me, “Why don’t you not save your self some money and partition a training room out of this space?”. BOOM! That was it. I immediately changed all the designs. That decision saved us millions of naira. I am glad I smiled and spoke with her that day. Networking ...

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Served or serving NYSC? CBN and Heritage Bank to give up to ₦10 million loan for YIEDP

Heritage Bank has been adopted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as the sole pilot bank for the Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YIEDP). The programme is aimed at harnessing the latent entrepreneurial spirit among the teeming youths by providing timely and affordable loans to implement their business ideas. This further provides a sustainable mechanism to stimulate employment, contribute to the Nation’s non-oil GDP, and address the challenge of youth restiveness. The following categories of youth (aged 18 – 35) are eligible under this scheme: * Serving youth corps members * Non-NYSC (not more than 5 years post NYSC) Qualified Business Sectors: * Agro – Allied, * Food Processing / Preservation, * Arts & Crafts, * Manufacturing / Cottage Industry, * Information & Communication Technology (ICT), * Construction Support, * Power & Energy, * Education & Financial Inclusion, * Film & Photography, * Automobile, * Others The details below are relevant for all eligible youth: Eligible youth can apply for the loan through this portal http://www.yiedp-hbng.com/ using his/her NYSC State Code. Applications can be made as an Individual or as a group (of 3-5 applicants with similar business interest). A single applicant can access up to a facility limit ...

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The Big “C” (CONNECTION) – Zika Nwaise

Many times, we feel the big ‘C’ is what gets us jobs. Well, maybe in the past! These days everyone wants employees who can actually deliver on the job after getting the job. Even if the big “C” is going to get you the job, you must be able to prove you can be trusted with the responsibility and deliver on that job. Let’s quickly take a look at what comes before the big “CONNECTION”. Most youths say “you can only get the great jobs based on who you know, not by your qualifications nor how well your interview went”. But the question is ‘how do you know who you know?’ You probably know a lot of people and vice versa but the crux of the relationship is what these people think about you! Do they know you as that unreliable friend who takes things for granted? Or as that friend who takes up responsibilities and ensures that you get things done in good time. Are you too proud to engage in a friendly conversation with people you meet? Your next opportunity to network might be at a casual party, and who knows, you just might be sitting next to ...

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The Basic Employability Workshop was a huge success

The Basic Employability Workshop was a huge success, it was organized by the Barack Obama American Corner in collaboration with the YALI Network & BI Solutions Nigeria for Fresh Graduates, NYSC Members and Unemployed Youths and was held on May 23rd, 2016. The workshop commenced with registration at exactly 8:00am at the Barack Obama American Corner, 29 Gafar Animashaun Street,Victoria Island, Lagos. We had interesting Sessions with our facilitators on what it takes to properly plan your Career, What It means to be Employable, What Employers Want and a little exposition on Social Media engagement in job and career quest. Participants were educated and motivated, while taken personal decisions to implement what they have learnt and use the acquired knowledge positively to equip themselves for a fruitful and more engaging job and career hunt. Facilitators at the YALI Network Basic Employability Program included: Mrs. Tokunbo Fasoro who spoke on Career Planning. She emphasized that Career planning is a process of, thinking about your interests, values, skills and preferences; exploring work and learning options available to you; ensuring that your work fits with your personal circumstances and you end up doing what you are happy doing for the rest of your ...

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Take responsibility and be in control – Tokunbo Fasoro

Sometime last month a friend was talking to me about a brilliant business opportunity and she needed a partner to get the job done and immediately we recognized who would just fit into the role. But as soon as his name was mentioned, guess what she said? “I cannot work with him on this project because he will not take it seriously ” then I asked why? And she said ‘while working with him in the same organization, I noticed he regularly comes late to work and that is an organization where he is under authority so imagine if he was to do stuff himself, he would never take it seriously’. In conclusion, he lost the opportunity. Well I don’t know if her assumptions where right or not but the point remains that his not being able to show responsibility on his present job, made him lose the fantastic offer. Sometimes we just do stuff without realizing someone may just be watching and you will surely be remembered in a positive light or in the negative light when the opportunity comes. Reliability is an amiable characteristic, a person who does as promised is responsible and reliable. People don’t like dealing ...

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Getting A Job You Don’t Have Requirements For

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By Tokunbo Fasoro Are you ready for one of the best-kept secrets of the job search process? Unless the person doing the hiring has previously worked in the exact role he’s trying to fill, a fair amount of the job description is guesswork. Think about it: HR managers have to write a description that will simultaneously entice people to apply and ward off those who wouldn’t qualify for an interview. Also, haven’t you heard stories of a person who “met all of the qualifications” being passed over in the final stages for someone who “seemed like a better fit?” Probably so—because a company would much rather hire the candidate with two years of experience who seems like she could hit the ground running than someone with the requisite five years who failed to demonstrate strong communication skills. So what’s a job seeker who doesn’t quite meet all the requirements in a position description to do? Ask Yourself if You Could Do the Job Notice that we didn’t suggest asking, “Do you want the job?” or even, “How much do you want the job?” Honestly, those questions are irrelevant. It doesn’t matter how passionate you are about working in a foreign ...

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Happy Worker’s Day – How the BI Empowerment Team Celebrated Worker’s Day

We hope it’s not too late to wish you a ‘Happy Worker’s Day’. It was Worker’s day on the 1st of May and we felt the need to celebrate. The BI Empowerment team were invited to join the Africa Basketball League(ABL)  at their Worker’s Day Basketball games on the 2nd of May, at the Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island. Lagos.  ABL are partners with BI Empowerment and they have generously supported us in the past, by providing free regular tickets for our graduates to attend their games. This time, they offered the entire BI Empowerment team, VIP tickets to celebrate Worker’s day. We will like to use this medium to say a big thank you to ABL . Two matches were fixed for the day and I arrived the venue at about 6.00pm with Tokunbo Fasoro, Stanley Awelewa of BI Empowerment and Pelagie Egbane, a very good friend of the BI Empowerment team. The first match kicked off, it was against the Stallions and the Warriors and it was a very competitive match.  The highlight of the game was when the Warriors made a basket during the final minute of the game, this sent the match to overtime. After a long battle, amidst sweat, shouts ...

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