A.B.C.D.E OF CAREER SUCCESS – LEAD CAMP 2016
JAN’s Board Member, Mrs. Funke Amobi, Head, Human Capital, Stanbic IBTC came in the company of eight members of the Blue Women Community of Stanbic IBTC. Mrs. Funke made a lively and highly educative presentation to the girls on “Strategies for Successful Career Planning”.
She started with two definitions of career by Nigeria’s foremost motivational speaker Fela Durotoye who said “it something you do because you BELIEVE it is tied to your purpose in life” and “It is something you do with the aim of becoming the BEST in it” Having said this, Funke shared game changing experiences of her life in the areas of her career, talent, family, and education. She anchored all of this on the ABCDE principle which she refers to as the 5 Winning Strategies to a Successful Career.
A- Acquire Knowledge/Skill
B- Be Original
C- Crave Role Models
D- Dream Big
E- Explore Work
On acquiring knowledge she advised the girls to regularly read and watch the news so as to be abreast with what is going on in the world. On the subject of acquiring skills, she encouraged the girls to strive to be the best in whatever skill they choose to develop.
“You were born an original, don’t be a counterfeit”. Funke stressed the importance of discovering ones talents and realising that they are unique and must focus on their strength and not dwell on their weaknesses.
Funke admonishing the girls asked a crucial question. “Who inspires you?” following this, she put it to the girls that there is nowhere they intend to reach that no one has not. “If you follow the footstep of the great you will be great”. She continued by encouraging the girls to dream big. Citing examples of men who had big dreams; Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr. “The world to those who believe in their dreams”.
In conclusion, Funke taught the girls to be selfless in all their endeavours as this will influence their interest in exploring work. She advised them to volunteer, apply as interns and most importantly bear in mind that the journey is more important and fulfilling than the morning.
Mrs. Funke Amobi did not only talk with the girls, she sang with them and gifted the girls tickets to a music concert. After this, Funke introduced the members of the Blue Women Community of Stanbic IBTC;
· Jidde Mustapha
· Onome Akpomudiarhe
· Badejo Olapeju
· Olabisi Oremule
· Rosemary Gbara
· Ibifuro Apiafi
· Ezeoke Vanessa
The Blue Women had dinner with the girls and utilised the time to answer questions the girls had about life as young professionals.
QUOTES BY FUNKE AMOBI
· “The beginning of all achievement is desire”
· “You can break the barrier by being determined”
· “Know your weaknesses and focus on your strengths”