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I am working on a plan to tour the universities and polytechnics offering a bachelor’s degree or HND in project management in Nigeria. One university or polytechnic at a time.
I want to share my wealth of knowledge and experience on how they can become the ULTIMATE project management graduates. If you have been following my personal blog — JerryIhejirika.com — or have been a member of my group on Facebook — Career Development and Project Management — for the past 3 years, then you would have some ideas on the kind of information I want to share with these students.... Read the Full Article>>>
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>>>
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>>>
Are you a member of the ‘Project Management Nigeria’ group on Facebook? Something new is happening!
Two years ago, I created the ‘Project Management Nigeria’ group on Facebook with the aim of discussing projects in Nigeria and sharing ideas on project management. Now, I want to redefine the group and channel our focus to an important aspect of project management.
I have been monitoring contents that have been posted on the group wall and I do delete some contents to make the group more valuable to members. I have also noticed that the contents that dominate the group wall are those on trainings, certifications and skills building in project management.... 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>>>
I very much believe in the idea that one successfully delivered project has the potential to change your life or bring your career into the spotlight.
Let us look at some professionals and what brought their careers into limelight:
Our top music artists: One hit-track or one popular song
Our best writers: One great piece of content
Our big investors: One big deal that paid off well
Our best-selling authors: One best-selling book
Our top footballers: One successful career move or one big trophy
We are living in a world of projects. Some are mega while some are small projects. Some are simple while some are complex projects. If you are a project manager, you have the capability of delivering that one successful project that will launch your life and career into the spotlight. It could be a small or big project. However, the billion pound question is, “What will that one successfully delivered life-changing project be?”... Read the Full Article>>>
There are a lot of things going on behind the scene as regarding the Project Management for Africa Initiative. I have been busy working and communicating with some of the top African project management professionals located around the world in making sure the organisation becomes a reality and live up to its value and expectations.
Some of our new ideas won’t be made public yet as we are still considering things but I will update you on the ones we think you need to know:
1. We will work with persons who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in project management in any African university and help them define and plan their project management careers. This service will be FREE of charge to the students through JI’s Project Management Career Clinic.... Read the Full Article>>>
You might not believe it, but there are so many “Name-the-Position-or-Title-or-Industry-or-Sector” Project Manager than you can ever count! The project management world is open to anyone and everyone, and it is not a bad thing.
However, irrespective of what route you took or would take into the world of project management, the ONLY real way to learn about project management is get involved and PRACTICE it.
In joining your first project team or managing your first project, you will learn so much about project management during the course or duration of the project.... Read the Full Article>>>
President Muhammadu Buhari, in April 2015, outlined 10 development challenges as the mission of his presidency:
General insecurity and insurgency that has caused extreme human hardship and destruction of lives, livelihoods that may take us over a decade to rebuild across most of North Eastern Nigeria and some parts of North Western Nigeria.
Devastation and environmental degradation in the Niger Delta area which must be attended to.
Decline in revenues due to fall in oil prices which pose a threat to government’s capacity to deliver on reconstruction of devastated areas and the new government development agenda.
Endemic corruption which has crippled human and infrastructure development for decades.
Unacceptably poor provision of power supply which has had a crippling effect on development of small businesses and indeed the wider economy.
De-industrialisation for the past three decades leading to closure of many industries and migration of many to other African countries.
Unacceptably high levels of unemployment and especially youth unemployment reaching over 40 per cent.
High cost of governance that has been crowding out capital and human development.
Erosion of public social services such as infrastructure, health and education.
Lack of development in the agricultural and solid mineral sectors.
Each of these 10 developmental challenges is a major project of its own. Each require a program or portfolio manager (the ministers act in such capacity). There has to be an independent and professional structure or body that will efficiently and effectively integrate the different ministries of the nation to help tackle and manage these challenges even after the tenure of this current administration, based on a mapped-out long-term plan. To this effect, let us see how the UK are dealing with major project challenges.... Read the Full Article>>>
AXELOS Global Best Practice has launched the new Cyber Resilience Best Practice portfolio – RESILIA – aimed at putting employees at the centre of an organization’s cyber resilience strategy, providing business with the confidence they need to recognize, respond to and recover from cyber-attacks effectively.
RESILIA is a portfolio of publications, training and awareness tools designed to help any organization define what good cyber resilience looks like and embed best practice into existing management systems. In addition RESILIA provides organizations with a pathway tool to assess cyber resilience maturity, individual awareness learning aimed at all staff, plus tools for leadership teams designed to raise awareness of cyber resilience among senior executives.... Read the Full Article>>>