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Career Growth versus Career Development

Career Planning

Career Growth versus Career Development Pitching career growth versus career development doesn’t make them completely unrelated but it doesn’t make them the same thing either. Is it possible to use them interchangeably? The answer is no but they are both very crucial to your career advancement. It’s time to set the records straight – They do not mean the same thing. We will take a good look at what each one means as well as how they affect your career in the short-term and in the long-term. What is Career Growth?   Career growth is the process of moving from one point of the corporate ladder to another. Promotions is one of the most popular ways through which career growth is achieved. For example, if you join a trusted recruitment firm as a sales executive and rise through the ranks to become the Lead, Sales Team over a period of 18 months, then this is career growth – Notice how your designation and responsibilities have changed? This is what you achieve with career growth. If you are hired by a company in 2021 as a creative designer and by 2023, you become the creative director, this is called career growth. ...

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Teach For Nigeria is now receiving applications.

Teach-For-Nigeria-Fellowship-Program-2018

The 2018 Teach For Nigeria Fellowship is now receiving applications. Teach For Nigeria invites exceptional university graduates and outstanding young professionals to apply to the 2018 Teach For Nigeria Fellowship. Teach For Nigeria strongly believes that the only true and sustainable path to improving educational opportunities for all children in Nigeria is by channeling and developing Nigeria’s most capable young leaders against the problem of educational inequity. We envision a day where every Nigerian Child will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.For this reason, we are committed to mobilizing outstanding leaders who will drive the movement towards educational equity and excellence in Nigeria. We would like to invite you to take the next step of your leadership journey with us, to serve as a full-time teacher to children from low-income communities in some of Nigeria’s most under-resourced schools.  We are looking for individuals who: are ready to accept a challenge demonstrate interpersonal skills through their interactions with various stakeholders are critical thinkers and problem solvers set high expectations for themselves and for others demonstrate interpersonal skills through their interactions with various stakeholders actively seek ways to maximize their own potential are passionate and committed to the vision of educational equity ...

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Positive Thinking by Tokunbo Fasoro

Positive Thinking by Tokunbo Fasoro

What is positive thinking? Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and expects positive results. Positive thinking: How positive thoughts can build your skills.  With a positive attitude, we experience pleasant and happy feelings; this brings brightness to the eyes, more energy, and happiness. Our whole being broadcasts goodwill, happiness and success, even our health is affected in a beneficial way. We walk tall, our voice is more powerful and our body language shows the way we feel. Research is beginning to revel that positive thoughts is not just about being happy, but that positive thoughts can actually create real value in your life and help you build skills that can help you progress in you professional and personal life. What negative thoughts do to your brain.. For example, you are walking on a street and you see a python that is longer and bigger than you, the first thing that happens to you is fear and the next action you take is to run.. most times, we don’t thinking and we just run, we do not give room for other options, that is what negative thoughts does. Thank God we ...

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Jobs are available in TechnoServe

TechnoServe

We’re looking for a Project Coordinator (Abuja, Nigeria) TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. We are a non-profit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital, and markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs, and wealth for their families and communities. With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives. About the Project: In partnership with Synergos Development Innovations, TechnoServe is working to transform the agricultural sector through the State Partnership for Agriculture (SPA). SPA uses a systems change approach to re-orient and strengthen key state actors in the sector and is initially focusing on rice and cassava in the states of Benue and Kogi, and potato and ginger in Kaduna. As a consulting partner to Synergos, TechnoServe is conducting policy analyses aimed at improving decision-making at the federal and state levels, engaging critical private sector partners to promote agricultural investment, and conducting capacity building interventions. Primary Purpose: The Project Coordinator will oversee and coordinate project activities ...

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Tokunbo Fasoro Youth Mentorship Program

Tokunbo Fasoro Youth Mentorship Program

The Tokunbo Fasoro Youth Mentorship Program – Mentoring over 5000 youths every year INTRODUCTION The Tokunbo Fasoro Youth Mentorship Program was borne out of a need to reach out to a larger number of youths. Over the years, I have interviewed a large number of graduates for diverse positions in different organizations and have discovered that they lack the basic skills required, even for an entry level job. This stirred up a great concern in me and a drive to proffer solutions. There was an obvious gap between the academic environment and workplace that needed to be filled. This led to the birth of the BI Graduate School where graduates were trained and equipped for free. This School eventually birthed BI Empowerment; a virtual and physical platform with a mandate to bridge the gap between the academic environment and workplace through various free empowerment programs. These programs include sponsored training, workshops, inspirational talks, meetings with successful professionals who share real-life experiences that help youth in their personal and professional lives etc. This platform (www.biempowerment.com) has a readership of young to mid-level professionals from all parts of the world. It also provides job opportunities, career mentoring and advisory services all for ...

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Don’t be AFRAID to MOVE By Opeyemi Komolafe

Its time to move

IT IS TIME TO MOVE!!!!!!!!! I have a dear friend struggling with his job. He has taken a break from his career to help another friend get a start up company up and running. He gave himself a year to help them set up systems and structures then he will pull out and refocus on building his brand professionally. Right now he is at an impasse, or so it seems. His friend and the other partners are the most disorganized, uncommitted, unavailable and under performing bunch he has ever worked with. It has been over a year, and due to their inability to execute projects planned and to adopt recommendations made he hasn’t achieved anything. He wants to leave and focus on his own career, but knows that the second he walks away, the entire company will fold up. Knowing that a sign of failure in leadership is if things collapse in your absence, he is seemingly between the devil and the deep blue sea. IT IS TIME TO MOVE From experience, I have learned that a lot of high achieving professionals are caught in similar situations. They hang onto dissatisfying, dead-end jobs because they are afraid to make a ...

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LOOK….WHAT DO YOU SEE? – Opeyemi Komolafe

Doing back to back interviews have further revealed that most prospective job seekers don’t see beyond getting a steady income. The question ” Where do you see yourself career wise in the next 5-10 years?” is often met with confusion, agitation or or at best  uncertain hesitation. Those who are deemed confident and eloquent enough to respond will reel off a list of contradicting and inversely proportional plans that cause the interviewer’s jaw to drop in amazement.  I interviewed someone yesterday for a position as an educationist, the fact that all he had was a National Diploma in Estate development was not what puzzled me, the fact that he had no plans of furthering his education (remember he wants to be an educationist!) was not what amazed me, it was the fact that his career plans for the next 5-10 years was plainly ” I want to be employing people to be working as my labour” is what completely knocked my socks off!!!!!    EVERYONE HAS A DREAM Everyone on earth has that as a dream. It is the vaguest and most ambiguous plan anyone can have.  The error in grammatical construct and the fact that he came in sagging ...

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THE POWER OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT I met a woman at a salon and we got chatting. She was way older than I was, but we just connected and we began to converse. She is  a  senior manager in one of the  most prestigious Oil and Gas company in Nigeria.  We discussed on how she was always picked by her organization to represent the organization all over the world, attending and delivering speeches in high profile meetings. I asked her how she started out, and I wasn’t surprised when she mentioned PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. When she told me how much she had invested in personal development, training, workshops and career development courses. She said anytime she was out of the country on holidays, she would look for a training to attend and over the years. She had acquired a lot of knowledge, skill and exposure that her organization had leveraged on, till date.   TIPS ON WHY PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IS KEY Opportunity waits for no one: Opportunity meets preparation. If opportunity comes and you are not ready, it moves to the next person, so invest as much as you can in yourself.   Always try to improve on a skill or learn something new: A ...

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Opportunity Meets Preparation-Tokunbo Fasoro

Tokunbo Fasoro

OPPORTUNITY MEETS PREPARATION I was in the states and I was chatting with a young man who had just lost a big opportunity. Immediately after high school, he got a job. He was lucky to have gotten that job, because for a high school graduate, it was a very good one. For nine years, he worked diligently, and had gotten himself a decent house, car and a comfortable life. He looked forward to the day he would be promoted to finally head the department where he worked. Unfortunately, a new policy was sent out stating that only college graduates were eligible to apply for that position. He did not have a degree, and as a result, he lost out. He learned a very big lesson that day, that “opportunity waits for no one.” After this incidence, he enrolled for a four-year college degree and was ready to work hard and earn the qualifications that would take him to the next level. If he had done this earlier, he would have been saved time, and gained a promotion. Preparation is key. In life, you need to be ready always, because you never know when or in what manner an opportunity could ...

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‘All fingers are not equal, must yours be the shortest?’ Tokunbo Fasoro

The first time I heard that statement from one of my mentors, I laughed and laughed but it’s just the honest truth. A lot of people find themselves in situations that look so difficult and a lot of people just give up at that point. I was chatting with a lady who was 34 years old and was battling with low self-esteem. She had dropped out of school and she said to me “I don’t even know where to start”. Given up on being someone great, she kept blaming her inadequacies on her past and has accepted the back seat position in life. I went on to share a book I read with her titled ‘Woman of Persistent Faith’ by Akiesha Keke Taylor , who after going through so much in life, didn’t give up, found her feet and decided to start all over again. Today, her story is impacting and changing lives. Keke refused to remain in that situation; she fought hard until she got out of it. I love the story of Jabez in the Bible whose mother named him pain, because she went through so much pain having him. As he grew, the name reflected on his life, but one day he decided that “NO! Enough is enough”. ...

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