I have no idea how I missed this mail but I just found it and its almost a year old!!! X_X. I feel it’s a well timed message though by one of my bestest mummies Miss Amaka Ogbonna (@Mz_Dera). Enjoy guys!!!
In all honesty, I had a hard time making up my mind on what to share with members of the ganaijachic community. I knew I wanted to inspire everyone on the power of setting-goals and dreaming in this New Year but how best to illustrate this was the issue. After so much thought and consideration, I decided to use an outstanding experience of mine in 2012 to inspire you all.
In December 2011, I made up my mind that I wasn’t going to do my summer internship in any small firm any longer because working in such firms in previous years didn’t give me the kind of exposure I sincerely desired. So on the 31st of December 2011,I surfed the net for the top consulting firms in Nigeria and five names came up – KPMG, Pricewater House Coopers, Ernst And Young, Accenture and Akintola -Williams Delloite. There and then I compiled my CV and after the January 1st celebrations (before the subsidy protests), I started distributing various copies of my CV to these firms.
I went back to school and I had to follow up on all of them, it was really difficult and quite frustrating because they kept on telling me “no vacancy”. But I wasn’t ready to give up yet; I followed up the calls up with mails. I must confess it wasn’t easy, it was only then I was able to appreciate the pains and frustration that people who have been looking for jobs for years face. Then people kept asking me if I knew anyone working in any of the firms (as in if I had connections), but I sincerely knew no one.
Fast-forward 2months later received positive feedback from KPMG. I sent them all the documents they requested for after which I was invited for a test in May. As soon as I got home, I wrote the test and “ta-da!” I passed, I got the job! I got my offer letter a week after and was offered a monthly salary of 40,000 naira (trust me, that was big money for me sha). Honestly guys, it was a fabulous learning experience for me-young and intelligent colleagues, an intellectually stimulating environment ,high professionalism and excellence, so much exposure and trainings on the job…….I could go on and on. And how could I even forget the lunch….o my days!!!(It was on mad point). Infact it was an internship of a lifetime!
My KPMG journey taught me a lot of things that has made me a stronger and more determined person. First of all, it confirmed the popular saying “whatever the heart of man can conceive, it can achieve”, I only made up my mind to get a bigger job and I did. It shows how important it is to believe in one’s self and one’s dreams. Abraham Lincoln once said “Always bear in mind resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing,” this summarises it all.
Secondly, I learnt that its one thing to dream but its thing to makes your dream come alive. If I had just believed that I would get the job and had sat-down everyday just believing without doing anything, I probably would still be believing up until this very hour. If I hadn’t searched for the firms, sent out my CV, followed up on them, I never would have gotten the job.
Thirdly, I learnt not to follow popular opinion and to seek out facts for myself lot of people were so confident of the fact that I had to have “connections” in order to get the job but I never accepted that belief, and by the special grace of God, I got the job solely on merit. Another thing I heard was that given the fact that the firm is a multinational, I wouldn’t be accepted for a 2 month internship, that they only accept those interning for 6 months. But I didn’t listen researched and it turns out that the shortest time they accept for internship is one month. Imagine if I had listened to them and did not apply.
Fourthly, I learnt the importance of faith, patience and persistence because those where the three elements that kept me going when I was receiving unfavourable responses from all the firms.
Finally, it only made me a better and bigger dreamer. I’m totally convinced that I can achieve just about anything I set my mind to. My latest dream is to get my masters degree from one of the most prestigious universities in the world (sorry, can’t disclose the name yet) but hopefully when I do, you all will be benevolent enough to let me share my experience. I hope you have been inspired to dream big in this 2013, God bless you all.
And that’s it! Before you rush off, remember to keep watching this space for details about ‘Love One-Four’!