I have always been passionate about people development. Over the years, I worked diligently and relentlessly to earn a living and develop diverse skills that will be required when the right opportunity presents itself.
After more than a decade of professional experience developing skills in Research, Investment Banking, Fund Management, Advanced Macroeconomic Concepts, and Financial Management, I tried applying for jobs in a couple of Developmental Institutions but was never contacted or given the opportunity to commence the recruitment process.
Initially, I thought this is Nigeria, probably I would need one or two contacts internally to get called. So, I went on Linkedin, did a search on the targeted Developmental Institutions and established connections with other experts and Human Resource personnel in the industry. This move was helpful but not in the way I envisaged. Their profiles exposed me to the required expertise and structuring of my Resume. I went ahead to acquire more skills in development finance and never relented throwing my CV into every available opportunity. I also got insights from some of the connections when I was eventually called for an interview and this helped extensively.
Finally, the opportunity is here but there are still some hurdles to cross. Coincidentally, I got two other offers at the same time making it THREE! One of them was so juicy and tempting that I had to sit back and do some reflections.
- “YEMI, WHAT EXACTLY IS YOUR CAREER ASPIRATION THAT YOU HAVE SPENT SO MUCH OF YOUR PERSONAL EARNINGS ON TRAININGS & DEVELOPMENT?” – A career in Developmental Institution.
- “YES, THE MONEY IS BETTER IN OPTION 3, BUT DO YOU THINK YOU WILL BE FULFILLED?” – Inconclusive.
- “YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED EXPSOURES ACROSS BORDERS, WHICH OF THE TWO WILL READILY PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY?” – A Development Institution.
It wasn’t easy to leave an environment and colleagues that I have been extremely used to, but I decided to take up the challenge in a completely new area despite having to forgo some financial benefits.
Sugar Ray Leonard said, “Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities” and my favorite from Mahatma Gandhi “The future depends on what you do today”. I believe that career aspiration must be well defined and aligned with what you like doing. You must also capitalize on every opportunity to develop the right skills and associate with the right cycle that aligns with your career aspirations. Most times when all these fit, the money factor may be a deterrent, but always remember …..“Something’s Gotta Give”.