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5 Career Tips You Should Know As A New Graduate In Nigeria

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5 Career Tips You Should Know As A New Graduate In Nigeria

Career tips are essential to everybody who wants to have a career in any field. You should be guided properly irrespective of what you already know. This is applicable to those in business, academics, civil service, and indeed every profession.

You have to get career tips to succeed and you should keep getting them to keep you successful. In the last quarter of every year, Nigerian tertiary institutions turn out countless graduates who join the ever-increasing number of unemployed youths. You are one of them or you will be one of them. I advise that you understand what it is and get yourself ready for the task.

That is beside the point though as this article is not about unemployment. You see, the focus here is on getting those that are employed either by themselves or by others (government agencies, NGOs and the private sector) to understand some of the things they need to do to survive in their chosen career path.

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These career tips come largely from studying the successes of other great men and their experiences in their career paths. As you come out from the university or any other tertiary institution and join an organization or start your own business, please know that there are things you need to get right. That is what I hope to give you in this article. I sincerely hope it helps you in any career path you chose.

Career tips for Young Graduates In Nigeria

  1. Find Coaches, Mentors, and Advocates

The importance of having highly qualified coaches, mentors, and advocates cannot be overemphasized. The coach is there to improve your knowledge and skill on the career path. You need a coach not because you are not good at what you do, but because you can be better at it.

Your coach gets the best out of you. Let’s take the football world for instance; the best players; Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi despite having outrageous skills and talents still need to be coached by others to help them achieve their aims.

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You also need a mentor. A mentor is someone that gives you advice on your career path. He is usually someone that has made it in the field you want to delve into. He is someone that is an authority and can make you listen. The major difference between a coach and mentor is that a coach makes you do things whether you like it or not, mostly for your own good while a mentor advises you on how to go about doing those things.

With respect to your career, advocates have skin in the -game. They will go out of their way to help you advance. They will be on the lookout for opportunities where you can increase your impact and can even create opportunities for you. They speak for you and you will do well to have them.

In the corporate world, many key decisions about your career are made when you are not in the room. In these situations, a good advocate will be your voice and present well on your behalf. Their words will often carry more weight than yours could.

  1. Work on Your Ability to Figure Things Out Quickly

Learning is a continuous process and one of the career tips I want to share with you is embedded in the learning cadre. You have to be a very fast learner. The truth remains that most of the things you will need are not covered by textbooks you read in your undergraduate days. Problems are going to come but you should relish them because solving them provides a wide range of knowledge.

Having a strong foundation in your chosen area of career is very important but even more important than that is your ability to develop yourself to be able to figure things out for yourself with expediency.

You want to develop this critical skill, so you can continue to be effective even after you have gone beyond your training. Doing so will enable you to continue to learn and grow on your own. It puts you in a group of people who are known for bringing solutions to the table instead of problems. It can help you reinvent yourself if you need to pilot and take your career in a different direction.

  1. Develop Your Skills as a Public Speaker

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Public speaking is one of the most valued skills in the workplace anywhere in the world. Few are born with the ability to be great public speakers, so, most people have to work to develop the skill. Whether you are in marketing, finance, personnel management or you are the CEO of a firm, you need to be able to communicate to the public what you think. That is why this is one of the very important career tips.

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You should prioritize public speaking and you don’t necessarily have to get them in a single shot. If you have it in you, then you don’t have any issue, but if you don’t have it, you can get it. It can be developed gradually. You can take classes on public speaking, read books on public speaking, and practice on it.

Try presiding over a team meeting or presenting something new to your peers. Be an active participant in meetings where you are able to share information. Try to find courses in public speaking. Any of these allow you to practice speaking in front of a group. You will definitely get better.

As you get better, there will be more opportunities to present and practice. Take each opportunity seriously by doing the work to prepare. The more prepared you are, the more confident you will be. The more confident you are, the less nervous you will be. The less nervous you are, the more effective you will be. Your path to CEO or President will only be made easier.

  1. Understand the Power of Communication

Good communication is another important and valuable skill. It is as a result of its importance that it is included in the career tips here. Communication includes both verbal and written forms; water cooler conversations and emails. For some, it can be a difficult skill to develop.

Many people are excited and passionate about their work. When they talk to their peers or their boss, they feel like they should share as many details as possible. They feel the more they say, the better they will be perceived. They end up oversharing.

Others are extremely gifted and have great ideas but have trouble expressing their ideas and thoughts. When they speak with colleagues, they may feel that others aren’t interested in what they are doing. They may assume others already know. For whatever reason, they don’t share enough information.

I think both of the above scenarios can be damaging because they both represent poor communication. When you engage in a conversation, the person or group you are speaking with is thinking one of three things about your communication.

  1. This conversation is much too detailed for my level of interest
  2. This conversation doesn’t have enough substance to keep me engaged
  3. This conversation feels just right

When you communicate, you are expected to concern yourself with achieving the third option above. Once you can do this, you can pass the right information at all times and get the required response.

  1. Be Smart About Assignments

This is one of the interesting career tips that I want to bring to your knowledge. This is mostly applicable to those working for others at various levels; large-scale, medium-scale, and small scale. The thought of packing up and moving to a different location can be very exciting. You will get to meet new people.

You will get to travel and experience other cultures. You may even be able to learn a new language. These are all great benefits, but it is important to look at the full picture when considering an assignment. Doing so is the only way you will be able to make an educated decision.

If you are pursuing the assignment for personal reasons, be sure to think ahead and be honest about what you expect to gain from a year or two away.

If you are hoping to advance your career by taking an assignment, make sure the terms of your re-entry are clear and documented. Don’t assume you will get promoted when you come back. Don’t assume you will be able to jump back in and pick up where you left off.

Don’t assume that everyone (or anyone) will recognize your increase in value after you have learned to navigate and be successful in a new and foreign environment. Have the tough conversation about what exactly is in it for you and what success metrics will be used to evaluate your time away.

Your career is part of your physical life and has long-standing effects on your spiritual and emotional life. These career tips will help in shaping these effects the way it will be favorable to you. Your career is really a long one and I sincerely hope you enjoy it and become a blessing to humanity. Good luck.

 

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How To Grow Your Side Hustle Into A Big Business In Nigeria

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Did you know that a lot of big businesses in Nigeria today began as side-hustles? With the advent of the internet, it is now possible to have both a side hustle that could bring you a lot of money and a full-time job at the same time.

So, what is a side hustle? A side hustle is basically a business you do part-time while retaining your full-time job. Sometimes, a side hustles has the potential of becoming a full-time business.

Having a side hustle, apart from giving you an opportunity to make extra money for yourself, can also be a good way to spend your leisure. However, turning a side hustle into a big business in Nigeria is not devoid of several challenges. So, I decided to dedicate a section of this discussion to address some of these challenges and the way forward.

Converting A Side Hustle To A Full, Big Business In Nigeria: Challenges and The Way Out

In Nigeria, our educational system teaches mostly theory and almost nothing about money or entrepreneurship. So, you’d have to educate yourself on what the education system failed to cover. Besides the faulty education system in the country, there is this misconception in the society that one always needs to have huge capital before starting a business. Well, that is not true most of the time.

Another fad that is widely circulated is that Nigerian banks do not grant loans to businesses that are just starting out. Well, you have to understand that money is attracted to fresh, new ideas and most Nigerian banks are open to helping such ideas to grow. However, in the absence of external aid, you can generate capital for your business from your savings; get a loan from family, friends, your religious circles and well-wishers. Interestingly, today you can easily save money with Sumobank and use it to finance your business startup.

As regards saving, a good book which can assist you is, “The Millionaire Next Door”. It is a classical book which teaches savings and how to survive below the income level.

Finally, there is this challenge of over-dependence on salaries or regular income without due consideration of how to grow that income. It is the mistake of one working for money instead of making it work for him or her.

These are all unique challenges any Nigerian must overcome when trying to diversify income by turning a side hustle into a big business in Nigeria.

5 ways you can overcome these challenges are:

  1. Educate yourself on finance and how to multiply money.
  2. Make your money to work for you
  3. Create an emergency fund.
  4. Start and grow a business.
  5. Collaborate with business partners.
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A lady working to turn her side hustle into a big business

Want to turn your side hustle into a full-time business? Read the 5 important tips below.

  • Design a Solid Plan

You cannot simply abandon your full-time job for your side hustle when you have no solid plan in place. You need a plan that outlines how your business will operate once it is fully functional.

Your plan should incorporate your business’ vision and mission statements, your business values, and the goals which you have in mind to achieve in your proposed business. Outline what your business would accomplish within the first 90 days of setting it up.

  • Make Everything You Can Automatic (i.e., Automate the Operations)

Today, you can find an app on the internet for handling any aspect of your business. Automating as many things as possible would give you free time to handle other tasks that could bring you much money since you have a limited time at your disposal daily.

So, from the set-go, acquire the necessary tools which would help you to automate your side hustle into a full-time business. You can use Buffer or Hootsuite, for example, to automate your social media posting and Canned Responses from Gmail to send out recurring mails.

  • Create More Leads 

Creating more leads for your business is the quickest way to grow your business and generate a favorable cash flow system for yourself and your business. So, invest a good amount of your time and energy in publicizing your business to get more leads (i.e., contacts – phone numbers and emails) who would sooner or later become paying customers. One way to do this is to create and distribute a lot of quality contents which will attract potential customers to your business.

One way you can do this (i.e., create content) is to start a blog and use it to reach your potential customers. This would give you the opportunity to build a customized email list for your business which you can use to push out (i.e. publicize) your new products, offers, and services.

  • Take Advantage of Freelancers.

Freelancers can help you to have an incredible amount of free time by helping you perform some heavy lifting in the business. Delegate some tasks and outsource them to freelancers and have a budget ready for their payment every month.

You can give them tasks like developing your blog content and managing your social media platforms while you handle the critical aspects of your business.

  • Create and Follow Your Schedule Religiously.

You must have a schedule with which you run the day-to-day activities of your business. This would really help your business to grow rapidly. You do not want to put too little or too much time into your business. So, create a schedule that would point out your working hours, what you do each time and the expected results.

It is not enough to have a schedule. You must endeavor to follow it to the letter to achieve success at the end of the day.

Conclusion

Everything is possible in life with hard work and determination. Anybody can begin from anywhere, even the lowest bottom and climb to the top.

In life, one essential asset you always spend but can never recover is time. So, time management is very important if you want to grow your business and you can do this with automation software. Besides doing things faster and precisely, automation helps to cut down on the time which could be wasted handling recurring tasks.

Are you involved in any side hustle or thinking of starting one soon? Let me know in the comments’ section of this blog. Thank you for the audience.

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7 Stupid Mistakes Young Nigerians Make That Is Destroying Our Generation

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There has never been a more woke generation like this current one and the behavioral trend is only getting worse that if nothing is done about it, i wonder what the next generation will look like.

This is African and what works in this part of the world is different from what works in the western world.

Today, I’m sharing with you the 7 mistakes young people in Nigeria are making that won’t result to anything good by Mildred Kingsley Okonkwo.

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In her video, she mentioned 7 dilapidating mistakes a lot of young Nigerians are making and it will shock you to see that you’re guilty of one or two if now all of them.

Kindly watch the Video below and do share.

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.

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