So your parents have just invested a significant amount of money for university education. As a freshman, what can you do to make sure you get your money’s worth? How will you assure a return on your investment (ROI)? Well, here is a very important fact about university and ROI. Attending class, establishing a good GPA, and completing a major will get you a degree but NOT a job. And your degree alone will not educate you on how to transition from a student to a professional. Your degree alone will not educate you on how to build your network, establish your professional brand, and obtain and keep a job.
So, when should you begin working on your career development? Immediately! Here are 6 steps to kick start your career as a university freshman Read the rest of this entry »
It’s ironic that hunting for a job tends to be more difficult and stressful than the job itself. Whether you’re looking for a different employer because you’re not growing as a person and as an employee in your current one or you’re just out for a new experience, you’re going to be jumping through a lot of hoops to get a new job.
Job hunting is not too different from selling. With job hunting, you simply sell your skills to a company willing to pay you so they can make money out of you. It’s a bit of a dark outlook, but it’s reality.
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Dear CoachFaith, I’m a fresh graduate, I majored in Business Education (Accounting Option) in one of Nigeria’s foremost University. I am someone who believes in making a difference and not just earning a pay. I’m quite startled with the way employers view my course as though it is irrelevant to the workplace. Hence, I think I need a defined career for myself.
Also, taking Accounting as a career is a no-no for now because I didn’t study pure Accounting and going for ICAN isn’t possible now due to paucity of funds (though, planning to further when I get a job).
Thanks in anticipation of your response! – Dare Read the rest of this entry »
Dear CoachFaith, How are you? I need your take on this! I work in a oil service company, in the Business Development Unit – basically Marketing! I actually studies Food Science Technology in the University, I am having the feeling that my degree may halt my career progression so am currently considering another degree but no time so am particularly considering an online degree since I have the resources to sustain that. What will you advice about online degree! – Helen, Lagos. Read the rest of this entry »
Dear CoachFaith: What is the difference between motivation letter and cover letter and can I use my already prepared cover letter for an application that requires motivation letter. Evelyn, Portharcourt
Dear Evelyn: In most cases they both fall under the name of cover letter despite the extremely subtle variation. A cover letter technically refers to the accompanying letter you use when applying for a job, while a motivation letter is usually for applying to university or a non-paid position. Generally speaking, the content of both letters is quite similar and the purposes are the same which is why using the title of cover letter to represent all types of letter that persuades the recipient that they are the right choice. I also observed that the term Motivation Letter is more of an American variation to it. The more important thing here is, make sure you fine-tune your letter to every specific application, don’t throw around what some call generic cover letters and CVs, it sells you off as lazy and lacking initiative. See a template of a motivation letter after the cut. Read the rest of this entry »