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I am Passionate about Project Management, Career Development, Entrepreneurship, Personal Development and Digital Technology.

You Need to Constantly Develop Your Creativity

You Need to Constantly Develop Your Creativity

Have you ever wondered why entertainment programmes fetch more money and pay more to the organisers and participants than education programmes? Here’s partly why…

Education programmes (debates and quiz competitions) are more of intelligence and less of creativity. Entertainment programmes (Big Brother Nigeria) are more of creativity and less of intelligence. And creativity will always pay more than intelligence.

In fact, the biggest entrepreneurs and job creators around the world are more creative than intelligent. They build businesses to employ the intelligent job seekers....   Read the Full Article>>>

My Story: How I Moved from Being a Job Seeker to an Aspiring Entrepreneur

My Story: How I Moved from Being a Job Seeker to an Aspiring Entrepreneur

From November 2016 to January 2017, I was busy executing a construction project at my village. When I came back to Lagos, I decided to seek for a digital marketing or digital project management role in any company that values social media, technology and project management.

However, I was more interested in startups because I wanted to gain some kind of experience in the startup ecosystem. I wanted to help a startup grow big through my blogging, social media marketing, online research, SEO, content writing and project management skills. I already knew within me that I would launch my own startup someday but I felt I needed some kind of practical experience in the ecosystem before thinking of creating mine....   Read the Full Article>>>

I Posted a Career-Related Question on Quora and Got Some Interesting Answers

I Posted a Career-Related Question on Quora and Got Some Interesting Answers

I posted this question on Quora – the knowledge-sharing platform where compelling questions are answered – and got some answers on the platform.

Here is the question: While pursuing your degree or certification in project management, were you taught how to discover, plan, and develop your project management career?

Here are the answers:

Answer by Randy Parson, Help others progress their current career or make that transition:

Developing your project management career is much like developing any other career, the information for success will be learned from networking and learning the unwritten rules of the game. Joining PMI and attending their events at local chapters would be a good start....   Read the Full Article>>>

My Blogging Journey on JerryIhejirika.com is Now 3 Years Old

My Blogging Journey on JerryIhejirika.com is Now 3 Years Old

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…And I am still moving forward and gathering more momentum!

From starting the blog in August 2013 to celebrating its 3 years of existence in August 2016, my blogging journey on JerryIhejirika.com has been fun, challenging, educating, exciting…And I’m not finished yet!

There are a lot to learn; from writing to blogging, from SEO to data analytics, from social media to digital marketing, from project management to career management, from webinars to podcasting, from affiliate marketing to information marketing, from course creation to entrepreneurship…There are just a lot of things to learn if you are to survive in the blogosphere....   Read the Full Article>>>

Is Nigeria Ready for Digital Transformation?

Is Nigeria Ready for Digital Transformation?

Photo credit: businessdayonline.com
Photo credit: businessdayonline.com

Is your country among those in the 4th generation?

The say we are now in the 4th generation – the digital transformation era – but I think some countries are still in the 3rd generation – the industrial revolution era – and some are half-way between the 3rd and 4th generation.

Nigeria, which is one of the biggest information and communications technology markets in Africa, is still in the 3rd generation. There are a lot of digital transformation awareness going on in the country but less implementations of digital ideas....   Read the Full Article>>>

Quitting My Dad’s Company, Following My Passion and Building a Business Around My Passion

Quitting My Dad’s Company, Following My Passion and Building a Business Around My Passion

Image credit: Lloyd Kathurima
Image credit: Lloyd Kathurima

Have you ever thought about quitting your day job just to follow your passion? Yes, I have and here’s my story.

In the year 2013, I decided to undergo a career change and it’s summarised below:

  • It was the year I decided to quit my dad’s company. I worked with him for 10 years (2003-2013), moved from being a Sales and Marketing Representative to a Branch Manager – In 2005, I became in charge of the branch at Idumota, Lagos Island.
  • It was the year I was meant to graduate from FUTO (Federal University of Technology Owerri) in Nigeria. I finally graduated in 2014 because of a 7-month academic strike that started in 2013 and at a period when we were meant to write our final semester examinations.
  • It was the year I started JerryIhejirika.com.
  • It was the year that I finally decided to follow my passion – writing, blogging, career development coaching, project management and public speaking – and lay the building blocks to building a successful business around my passion.

Why I Decided to Quit My Dad’s Company

There’s a point in your life when you would decide if you should move on with your current job or change career into something you more passionate about.

I love doing business, I love making money and I love living a good life. However, the major reason why I quit my dad’s company was not because I wasn’t making money from the business to live a good life at the time. Besides, I have shared my stories of how combining the business with my full-time schooling help shaped my career and how I successfully did it in a country like Nigeria. The main reason I had to quit the business was because I have always been passionate about occupations that require more of mental work and less of manual work. In addition, I had an accident in March 2015 that broke my right leg – compound fracture – and that left me with more reasons to focus on interesting professions that require more of mental work. The leg is healing very fine even though I now limp-walk....   Read the Full Article>>>

How I Combined Schooling Full-time With Managing a Full-time Business in Nigeria

How I Combined Schooling Full-time With Managing a Full-time Business in Nigeria

Jerry with his friend, Valentine, at FUTO
Jerry and his friend, Valentine, during their days at FUTO

“Don’t miss out on potentially fantastic roles or jobs by thinking that you need to follow a particular career path. But don’t say ‘yes’ to every opportunity that’s offered to you either. Make sure you have someone you trust, who can help you think through opportunities as they come up.” – Celeste Mellet Brown, Managing Director, Corporate Treasurer

After I published my story of how combining my schooling (full-time) with business help shaped my career and prepared me for real world, some persons have been asking me how I did it. The major reason being that it is something that’s hardly done in Nigeria by full-time students because of the economic conditions and educational challenges of the country....   Read the Full Article>>>

How Combining Business With Schooling Help Shaped My Career

How Combining Business With Schooling Help Shaped My Career

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In Nigeria, the educational system is so rigid and the economic system is so rugged that it is very difficult for most students (in post-secondary education) to combine full-time schooling with part-time business. (It’s easier for those schooling part-time.)

Most parents, having seen the education pattern and economic conditions of the country, won’t support or encourage their children to combine full-time schooling with business. And some students, even when presented with good business opportunities during vacation periods, would still hide under the umbrella of “I’m still a student” mentality and avoid doing the business....   Read the Full Article>>>

Why I Love Writing – And You Should Too

Why I Love Writing – And You Should Too

Jerry loves writing
Jerry loves writing

“By writing 1000 words each morning, I not only end up creating flow. I carry that into everything else that I throughout the day. I end up in a peak state of mind, which is a priceless asset. As a result, I crave flow and deep work more than I crave the temporary dopamine hit that I get from checking email or Facebook. This leads to a much more productive day.” – Srinivas Rao

There are several reasons why some writers love writing but the ones listed below are the major reasons why I love writing....   Read the Full Article>>>

Should I Focus Solely on My Career or Mix it with a Job?

Should I Focus Solely on My Career or Mix it with a Job?

Jerry and Eric at a project management event in Lagos.
Jerry and Eric at a project management event in Lagos in 2013.

I was chatting with one of my very good friends yesterday. He was my course mate in the university and recently got a nice job in an IT firm as a Business Development Executive. I was so happy for him because the job market here in Nigeria is like a war zone. Congratulations, brother!

During the course of our discussions he asked me a question that prompted me to writing this article. He said it in Nigerian pidgin, “E be like u no de find work, abi?” (Translation in English: It seems you are not looking for a job, right?). Then he went on to say, in pidgin too, “Baba self-dependent. I de feel you oo.” (Translation in English: You are really depending on yourself. I like your style very much)....   Read the Full Article>>>