Category: Careers

Why You Should Invest In Career Development

Experiencing a career leap requires a conscious investment in career development. In the words of A.P.J Abdul Kalam, an Indian scientist and administrator who served as the 11th president of India from 2002 to 2007, “Climbing to the top demands strength, whether to the top of mount Everest or to the top of your career.” Investing in personal development, especially as far as your career is concerned, will yield tremendous benefits, some of which I have highlighted in this article. It increases your knowledge Investment in career development will increase your knowledge in the particular areas where you need...

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5 ways to successfully apply for jobs on a Nigerian government website

The economic recession combined with the rate of unemployment has resulted in millions of Nigerians applying for almost every available vacancy. It is even worse if the offer is from the Federal Government. Consider this, 700,000 Nigerians applied for just 500 vacancies in the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). Interestingly, the government has embraced the innovation of online applications. We all know how government always foot-drags when it comes to new technology. As the government rolls out new vacancies, Nigerians are having a torrid time applying for these jobs. As usual, Nigerians are very good with conspiracy theories. They...

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7 kinds of people you find in every Nigerian Office

Whether you are a veteran with over 20 years of experience under your belt or a fresh-faced newbie straight out of the university, a Nigerian office can be a war zone for anyone. A complex social environment with a wide variety of personalities, you find you have to work with different types of people that you may or may not like to achieve a common goal with. Of course, each working environment can differ greatly according to its industry and company culture, however, there are certain types of people you’re destined to meet in every workplace in Nigeria. Jumia Travel, Africa’s No.1 online hotel booking portal, reveals seven of these types of people and how to avoid strangling each one. The Oppressor Usually an uptight authority figure in the firm, the oppressor makes things tense for everyone. They are extremely demanding and have very unrealistic expectations. No matter how hard you try to impress them, it seems like you just can’t do enough.  While it may seem impossible to change this person’s attitude, however, you always have the power to control yours. Try flipping your perspective and seeing things from your supervisor’s point of view, no matter how hard it seems, and you will find you may be able to better understand how they work and why they expect the things they do. While this may not make them less demanding, it can relieve...

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5 Reasons Every Nigerian Student Should Join LinkedIn

LinkedIn is one of the most popular social networks in the world. Many Nigerians think LinkedIn is only for professionals which is actually wrong. Fine, it is for professionals but any young and ambitious student who is looking to network and reach out to persons in their industry should belong to this professional network. So, why should students use LinkedIn? We gather five reasons. Allow people to know who you are Since you are not yet out of school, it may be difficult for you to meet people in your desired career path. LinkedIn gives you unhindered access. You simply create...

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5 ways to maximize your time at NYSC camp

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), an organization set up by the Nigerian government since 1973 to ensure Nigerian students give a mandatory one-year service upon graduation, recently issued out call-up letters to certain individuals who have qualified to join the last batch for the year. However, while these individuals are much elated to get the opportunity, seeing as completing the service year entitles one to employment, a number of them are perturbed as to how to cope with the three weeks “orientation” period spent in a military-controlled boot “camp” away from family and friends. Jumia Travel, therefore, suggests 5 ways prospective...

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