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Pst. Oluwatade Ayorinde, my #MonthlyPersonalitySeries #March

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My #PersonalitySeries for #March is dedicated to my loving Dad on his Birthday!

Let’s start with this? It my Dad’s Birthday and mine is just around the corner. You might just get to know my DAD’s age by knowing mine or vice-versa! Solve the word problem below:

The age of a Pastor added to twice the age of Coach give 117, in 2011 the sum of the ages of Pastor and Coach is 78. Find the ages of Pastor and Coach as at 2016. Prize awaits the first 3 correct answers! 
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Real Sexism at Work

A study of 2,000 women, commissioned by Stylist Magazine, quizzed women on examples of sexism they had experienced personally at work.

The top 10 sexist things that is reportedly happens to women at work include:

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1 Being expected to make the tea – 43 per cent
2 Enduring sexual innuendos – 38 per cent
3 Having appearance/clothing commented on – 33 per cent
4 Being accused of being pre-menstrual/menstrual – 29 per cent
5 Being presumed less competent than male colleagues – 27 per cent
6 Been joked about in a sexist way – 24 per cent
7 Being paid less than male colleagues for the same job – 19 per cent
8 Being presumed to be more junior than they are – 18 per cent
9 Being spoken over/patronised in meetings – 18 per cent
10 Being expected to keep the office tidy – 17 per cent

Well, like every other women related issues…sexism against women at workplace is largely over exaggerated. The real sexism in against Men. Not just in workplace but everywhere. At the restaurant, on the bus, at train station, airport, worship centres, everywhere. When I searched the internet to build my list of male-based sexist issues I was not disappointed at all. In face the first result was the answer, I will gladly share below a list of sexist issues against men in the society from The Real Sexism Project. Read the rest of this entry »

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The 8 Skills Students Must Have For The Future

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Education has traditionally focused on the basic “3Rs” of reading, writing and arithmetic. However, as the ever increasing pace of technological innovation drives changes in the world, educators must re-evaluate whether the skills they teach truly provide their students with the best opportunities to succeed in school, the workforce, and in life overall.

This naturally leads to the question of what those skills are or will be, and while there are other excellent suggestions out there, Pearson’s 2014 edition of “The Learning Curve” report lists the 8 skills below as those most necessary to succeed in the 21st century.

Understanding and Teaching These Skills

In order to incorporate these skills into their lessons and to develop student ability in each area, teachers must first understand what these things truly mean.

Leadership

People have discussed leadership for centuries, and generated a wide array of different definitions and theories about what it means. While anyone interested in the field should of course explore further on their own, one good place to start working towards a basic understanding of current ideas about any topic is a contemporary review of the subject by scholars in the field.

Perhaps even more importantly for educators than dogmatically fixating on a specific concept of leadership though, is to effectively teach it to students. Similar to above, there are many proposed methods for teaching leadership, and while sometimes expensive, once again it is often helpful to consult a comprehensive reference on the subject written by experts in the field.

Overall, one common theme runs through most modern theories, which is that leadership is no longer necessarily about powerful individuals directing others. Rather, it is about fostering collaboration, working towards common goals, and acting as a leader in any role assumed, regardless of whether it meets the classical definition of a leader.

Digital Literacy

Digital literacy is the ability to use digital technology to locate, review, utilize and create new information. Unlike teaching leadership skills, which can be abstruse and subjective in nature, improving students’ digital literacy is generally a much more concrete process, with a wide variety of tools readily available, including an online Digital Literacy portal funded by the U.S. Federal government. Read the rest of this entry »

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Effective Writing Skill for Administrators

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Writing is an important skill in any organization – the University not an exception.Whether you are Vice-Chancellor, a Faculty or Professional Staff at any level, much depends on your ability to write reports, draft project proposals, prepare substantive papers and communicate effectively with superior officers, colleagues and team mate.

Find attached a presentation I made on the 26th of February, 2016 at the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (Association of Nigeria Professional University Lecture Series) designed to enhance the quality of writing (minutes) of the University Administrators. Click here to download.

Download other great Presentations on related themes for Senior Colleagues below (Click on TOPICS to DOWNLOAD):

Barriers to Effective Communication – Mr. O.O. Taiwo

7 Cs of Effective Communication – Barr.’Toyin Olawa

Format for Writing Minutes and Reports – Mr. O.O. Taiwo

Basic Communication Skills – Mrs. Yetunde Yemisi-Bamgbose

Ingredients of Writing Minutes and Reports – Mr. J.O. Adeyemo

Application of Dynamic & Engaging Interpersonal Skills – Mrs. Yetunde Yemisi-Bambgose

Steps/ Activities in Preparing for Meeting and Events – Mr. J.O. Adeyemo

Nine Skills Needed to Become a Successful Administrators – Chief Moji Ladipo,mni

Administrators must be able to handle many details and challenging situations at once. They keep an office running while supporting the efforts of an executive, manager, business owner or professional group. People who become very skilled in this field can advance to higher positions, supporting high-ranking officials in government, higher education, nonprofits and private corporations, and they can also move on to other jobs in their organization or industry.

Technology Skills

An administrator works with office software programs, including spreadsheets, databases, word processing and graphic presentation software. He sends emails and uses the Web for research and employer-specific applications. He might assist with typing and formatting his boss’ presentations, reports, manuals, newsletters, website content and other administrative publications.
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Professional Qualification and Career Prospects – List of Professional Bodies in Nigeria

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Getting practical training with a professional or vocational qualification can fast-track you towards your dream job. Professional training is ideal if you’ve a clear career objective, as they’re geared towards improving your capability to do a particular occupation.

What is a professional qualification?

Professional qualifications focus on developing the skills you need to work in a specific industry or job. Awarded by professional bodies, they generally give you the chance to gain valuable on-the-job experience through vocational training. Many courses follow on from a degree or equivalent qualification; however, such academic experience isn’t always required.

Countless careers demand you possess a professional qualification. For example, it’s impossible to become a qualified barister without taking a Cetificate of Call to Bar – issues by the Nigerian Law School. Alternatively, you may wish to study a professional qualification simply to achieve a higher level of competence in your field and improve your chances of reaching the top.

There are many professional institutions in Nigeria that regulate different professions ranging from accounting to engineering and to marketing. Some of these institutions also administer certification examinations to members depending on their charter. Passing these examinations are seen as symbol of professional accomplishments and lend credence to the competence of the individuals who have passed the examinations. The institutions also set ethical standards and standard of professional conducts for members including benchmarks and best practices. They are quasi regulatory agencies and can administer disciplinary actions for members’ misconducts. The list below represents some but not all such bodies in Nigeria

Nigerian Professional Institutes and their Web addresses
01 Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria http://www.ican-ngr.org
02 Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria http://www.cibnonline.org
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What Color is your Parachute – Book Review

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One of the important skills one should have in our modern society is the ability to look and be successful in getting a job. Unfortunately, many of us are not well-equipped nor skilled enough to navigate our way around the job market. Moreover some of us are intentionally or unintentionally misinformed by others on how we should go about the transition in between jobs. We are getting multitude of answers and finally get a job only to find out that we are not satisfied; then the cycle starts again.

But good news! There is a book that can help us not just only to get a job but find ourselves as well. What Color Is Your Parachute? 2015 by Richard N. Bolles gives us an insightful view of what is happening in the current job market. This book is updated yearly so you can be sure that the information is always fresh and most of the time relevant. If you are not looking for a job, you can still benefit by gaining the knowledge of what you really want to do. As a result of this you may begin to question your existence in your current role and find yourself a more fulfilling place work for.

Here are just several of the reasons why you should consider reading this book:
1. If you want to get an understanding of why there are still so many unemployed people while employers are still finding it hard to fill in their vacancies, this book will enlighten us.

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5 Job Hunting Resolutions For 2016

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Let’s flashback to the beginning of last year. Remember those promises that you made to yourself “I’ll get back into regular employment”, “I’ll change my career”, “I’ll earn that promotion”. Fast forward twelve months and you’re still in the same position and that ideal career seems as further away as ever.

Here’s the good news: the advent of a new year brings with it the chance of new beginnings and it’s certainly never too late to start again. Here are five key resolutions that will help you aim for that career that you’ve always dreamed of.

Make This Year Count

Lets forget about last year and what might have been, instead it’s time to turn your focus towards achieving your goals this year. Try keeping a diary of all your efforts from the beginning of the year, this will help you to stay focused and help you to keep on track of your goals.

It is important to maintain your resolve and refrain from becoming sidetracked. Seize any opportunity and apply for as many positions as you can. Just think of where you could be twelve months down the line.

Give Your CV a Makeover

There’s a lot to be said about a well presented curriculum vitae. In fact many employers base their decisions over whether to hire a potential candidate on the quality of their CV. Read the rest of this entry »

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