Before I was awarded my bachelor’s degree in project management technology in early 2014, I already had 10 years’ experience in my trading business. I was working in my dad’s import, export and general merchandising company – Ginax International Entreprises – and when I gained admission into the university, I combined my full-time schooling with the business.
During my final year in the university, I created my personal blog – JerryIhejirika.com – and started building a powerful digital resume and personal brand. I was also networking virtually with some of the very best in the project management landscape and learning from their blogs. And when I graduated, my digital resume and personal brand led me to receiving good job offers.... Read the Full Article>>>
There’s this wave of misconception that’s going on around town that if you have this or that certification, you are sure of getting a job. And a lot of persons, most especially new graduates and job seekers, have fallen victims to this misconception by spending their precious time, hard-earned money and energy in acquiring certificates that they do not know how or if it will boost their career or job search, and some more will still fall victims.
There is a high rate of unemployment in Nigeria and in some other countries. And a lot of job seekers are desperate to do whatever it takes to get a job. So, it makes it easier for these persons to convince them – the job seekers – that all they need to get a job fast is to get this or that certification. And when these job seekers get those certifications and do not still get a job after some period of time, they begin to label those certifications as bad and valueless.... Read the Full Article>>>
I will be speaking from a project management point of view but you can still learn some career tips that would help you in defining your own profession.
So, let me ask you, my dear project management student, “What do you want to do after you graduate?” Yes, I know you are currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree and a certification in project management and would maybe like to practice project management after you graduate but, “What do you really want to do after you graduate?”... Read the Full Article>>>
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>>>