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7 Career Advice you will wish you got before Age 25

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Chinua Achebe had written his classic novel, Things Fall Apart, by the age of 25. J.K. Rowling was 25 years old when she came up with the idea of Harry Potter, the book that had sold over 400 million copies. At the age of 25, Mark Zuckerberg’s project, Facebook, had reached over 300 million users.

By conventional wisdom, at the age of 25, you are expected to have graduated from the university or college, and just starting a career. Who said you have to wait until you are 25 before you start trying to figure out what to do with your life?

1. Money should not be your primary motivation: Benjamin Franklin once said: “Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.” While considering a course to study at the university, I decided to settle for Petroleum Engineering because I felt working in an oil company was the fastest way to get rich. Who wouldn’t want a slice of the oil money in an oil producing country? I graduated a petroleum engineer but 13 years later, I’m yet to collect my degree certificate from my school.

We can both agree that profitability and market demand is important in choosing a career. But that should never be the primary motivation if you truly want to be fulfilled. Instead see the next point.

2. Find and develop on what interests you: Late Professor Chinua Achebe, discovered his love for writing and storytelling while at the university. He won a scholarship to study medicine, but changed his studies to English literature at the University. He became fascinated with world religions and traditional African cultures, and began writing stories as a university student. His carefully honed craft of writing and storytelling resulted in his first published book, Things Fall Apart. Who haven’t read or at least heard about Things Fall Apart?

You don’t have to spend 4 to 5 years of your life studying a course you have no interest in, with the hope that everything will work out fine when you leave school. Most people in the corporate world hate their jobs. You are not too young to start thinking about your life. Youth is an advantage. Make the most of your time while you are young.

3. Start small: George Eliot, an English poet cum novelist once said: “Great things are not done by impulse but by a series of small things brought together.” I remember how I started my writing career with my mobile phone – Nokia 3230 to be precise. I couldn’t afford a laptop. And I wouldn’t accept that as an excuse not to start. That same business paid for my first laptop, several laptops later on, and has grown into a company with several employees.

You must understand that things will never be the same. If you start out without shoes, you will get slippers. After that comes shoes and maybe boots, if you so desire. Nothing ever is the same. Start small but dream big! You won’t be a graduate trainee all your life! So don’t be afraid to start small.

In this video we share with you 7 career advice you’ll wish you got before you turn 25. Whether you are just under 20 or in your later twenties, you will learn valuable lessons from this video.

University of Kent LLM Scholarships 2019/2020 for Kenyan and Nigerian Students – UK

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The Law School has established a major fund to support overseas students from Kenya, Thailand, or Nigeria who undertake a full-time, taught LLM at the Canterbury Campus of the University of Kent.

Application Deadlines:

    31st July 2019 for September 2019 entry
    18th November 2019 for January 2020 entry

Eligible Countries: Kenya and Nigeria

To be taken at (country): UK

About the Award: This award provides a tuition fee discount of £2,500 to entrants who meet the eligibility conditions stated below. The University will assess eligibility for the award after an application for entry to the Kent LLM has been submitted. No further application for the award is required.

Type: Masters

Eligibility: Applicants must:

    Hold a valid passport demonstrating nationality of Kenya, Thailand, or Nigeria OR have successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree at a university in Kenya, Thailand or Nigeria (regardless of nationality)
    Be classified by the University of Kent as an international student for tuition fee purposes
    Be fully self-funding your studies
    Have firmly accepted an offer of a place on the taught Kent LLM at the Canterbury Campus of the University of Kent for entry in September 2019 or in January 2020, and have met the academic conditions of entry/be  accepted for entry

Selection Criteria:
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence.

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Scholarship: £2,500 tuition waiver

How to Apply: The University will assess eligibility for the award after an application for entry to the Kent LLM has been submitted. No further application for the award is required.

Visit Scholarship Webpage for details

Award Provider: Kent Law School

Important Notes:

    This award can be held in conjunction with other awards and scholarships offered by the University of Kent, except where they are provided by Kent Law School (in which case the award which provides the greater monetary value overall will be given only). Please contact us for further information
    Graduates of the University of Kent are eligible for the award if the meet the above stated conditions
    Although the Kent LLM is a one year, full-time programme of study, where students are required to continue their studies into a second year, the award will only be provided for the first year of study
    Successful recipients will be notified by email after their offer to study on the Kent LLM is firmly accepted.
    Notification will take place in August, and September.

How to successfully change your career in your 30's

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A worried career woman needs advice 
If you find yourself doing the same job for so many years, you may like to consider a career change. But when you're over 30, you may feel too old to begin a new career. But hey, that's not very true.
You can make a decision to have a career switch no matter how old you are.
According to a Recruitment Consultant and Candidate Testing and Assessment Expert at Jobberman Nigeria, John Bassey Raymond, whoever is considering a career change in his/her 30s has to think carefully about it. 
''The person should be ready to stoop in order to begin a new career because not having experience on the new career might mean starting from the bottom of the ladder''. Raymond said in a chat with Pulse.
So, before you make the decision, you need to consider the following factors.
1. Upskill
If you're looking forward to switching your career, you've got to start upskilling now. Don't delay it. Learning new skills will prepare and position you for a job in the prospective industry you have in mind.
How do I upskill? It's not hard. With the internet, trust me, you can learn anything. All you need to do is to search for it on google, read about it. If you're a visual learner, go on Youtube, watch videos tutorials about the skill you want to learn. You can also register for an online course and get a certificate in a relevant course. 
2. Identify your transferable skills
If you want to get a job in a new industry, it's important you learn the skills that'll make you relevant in that industry. But to make it easier for yourself, you'll probably need to see how you can transfer your current career skills into the new one.
Soft skills like communication, time management, organisation and leadership apply to any job. Just find a way to apply them in your new career.
John Bassey Raymond says ''Having transferable skills from a previous experience could mean the icing on the cake for some employers looking for such combination. For instance, an employer might be looking for an Accountant with HR experience or an HR with Accounting or Digital Marketing experience''. 
3. Get a mentor
Seeking Professional Advice: Having a mentor can help you grow in your new career.
To set yourself up for success in a field you're not familiar with, you'll need to have a trusted mentor or a coach in that field who'll take time to guide and give you tips and thorough advice about the field.

Griffith University Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships 2019/2020 for International Students

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Griffith International Student Excellence Scholarship – Postgraduate Coursework, are offered to outstanding international high school graduates applying for studies at Griffith University.

Application Deadlines:

    Trimester 2 2019 – Applications close Friday, 17th May 2019 (for 8 July commencement). Outcome notified by 31 May.
    Trimester 3 2019 – Applications close Friday, 6th September 2019 (for 28 October commencement). Outcome notified by 20 September.

Eligible Countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana or Europe

To Be Taken At (Country): Australia

Field of Study: All (excludes online, non-award, Bachelor of Dental Health Science, Bachelor of Medical Science, offshore delivered programs, and students that defer commencement to 2019).

Type: Undergraduate

Eligibility: Applicants must:

    Be a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand.
    Have a minimum GPA in undergraduate studies of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or 5.5 on a 7.0 scale.
    Have applied and be eligible for admission, or be in receipt of a conditional or unconditional offer from the University, for entry into a postgraduate coursework degree by the scholarship closing date.
    Have satisfied all appropriate entry requirements for the proposed degree program, including results of previous study and English language proficiency as per Griffith University’s entry requirements.
    Be commencing and enrolling as a new a full-time student in a postgraduate coursework degree in Trimester 2 or 3 2019 at Griffith University.

Number of Awards:
Not specified

Value of Award: Scholarship covers 25% of tuition fees for the duration of the program.

How to Apply: Applicants must provide:

    A completed scholarship application form by the published closing dates.
    A certified/attested true copy of academic transcripts and supporting documentation demonstrating strong academic merit.

Scholarship applicants will be advised in writing of the outcome of the scholarship and will be given a date by which to accept the scholarship.

Apply Here

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

How to completely own your career this year

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It's up to you: Take bold steps this year to be in control of your career. (Rise Networks) 
By the time you read this to the end, you'll understand what you need to do to be in control of your career. 
Career ownership is an investment. It's like owning a business and making effort to grow it. Owning your career is an ongoing process involving self-trust, responsibility, and personal accountability.
Once you begin to think about it this way and make effort to grow in your profession, you're certainly taking the right steps to become the CEO of your career.
So, to be in control of your career, here are steps you need to take to achieve your dreams.
1. Take full responsibility for your career
It's important you take full responsibility for your career if you want to be in control of it.
To own your career, you'll need to take full responsibility for your career journey. You can achieve this when you stop relying heavily on others to determine your career path. You should be responsible for the direction your job takes, don't let it be teleguided by anyone.
While it's true you will need someone's help along the line, you've got to be very careful not to put all your trust into promises made by others.
2. Define your career goals 
You need to ask these important questions before make a career choice.
Don't just learn new skills without having career plans. It's important you identify what you want to achieve before the end of the year and upskill yourself to achieve the goals you've set for the year.
At this point, it's important you ask yourself these questions: Where am I headed? Where am I now? How close am I to my target? Answering these questions might help you get a better understanding of your career journey.
3. Invest in yourself
''Invest In Yourself'' is the best career advice you can get.
The best piece of advice you'll ever get from any mentor or career coach is; Invest in yourself. These were the same words of wisdom Warren Buffett offered to new graduates about to enter the workplace in 2018.
To add to your career development, it's important you invest in books, training, workshops, conferences and online courses even if you have to pay for them. These are the best ways to upskill and strategically prepare yourself for an interesting career journey.
What else are you waiting for?
Having read this, you need to start taking steps to own your career this year. You can be the manager of your career once you upskill, set and achieve your goal. The only thing that can stop you is you. 
So, get ready to acquire new knowledge, skills, and abilities that are in align with what your industry demands and take control of your career.

SAP Skills For Africa Programme 2019 for Nigerian Graduates

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SAP is offering three-month full-time training programme for Nigerian graduates in 2019.

Application Deadline: Ongoing

Requisition ID: 218863

Eligible Countries: Lagos, Nigeria

To be taken at (country): Nigeria

About the Award: The objective & mission of the Skills for Africa programme is to contribute to sustainable workplaces for the next generation of local talent in the region. We achieve this by training & certifying young graduate students in the world’s most powerful software suite. Our aim is to help them to have the opportunity for a regional or global career.

SAP Skills for Africa Programme invests in the future workforce and delivers a comprehensive program which combines technical and soft skill elements over a set period of time. At the end of the program and upon successful graduation the trainees become certified SAP consultants, with a guaranteed temporary job placement within the SAP Ecosystem for initial work experience purposes.

Type: Internship


    Candidates must be Nigerian nationals and currently residing in Lagos;
    Candidates must be currently unemployed or employed in a part time /non- permanent role not related to career aspirations.
    Candidates must be educated to at least Bachelor level in a major related to IT or MIS;
    Candidates will preferably have graduated within the last three years with a Second Class Upper or First Class pass– proof of this will be requested;
    Candidates will preferably have a keen interest in starting an SAP-related career involving travel;
    The course will be delivered in English so a good grasp of both written and spoken English is essential;
    Candidates must possess good problem-solving capabilities, presentation skills and a general understanding of Microsoft Office and IT;
    The programme is based in Lagos and is non-residential. If you are based outside of Lagos please make provisions for your accommodation during the training period;

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Internship:

    Three month full time SAP training programme at no cost to you
    Hands-on simulated project exercises throughout the programme
    Official Associate Level SAP Certification
    Possibility of an internship in the SAP ecosystem after training, based on performance

Duration of Internship: Three months (Start Date – End of June 2019).

How to Apply: Visit webpage to apply

5 professional jobs you can get without a university degree

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Know those jobs you can apply for without a BSc or HND certificate in Nigeria.
We can all agree that getting an education is important but getting a good job is more important. The end goal of a good education isn't just to be liberated from the shackles of ignorance but also to make money.
Money is the major reason everyone wants to have a degree, BSc or HND to open the gate of opportunities for themselves. However, getting a job is no longer rigidly tied to your degree.
You can work in top companies without having a bachelor's degree or HND. All you need to have is the degree of your competence and skill set.
Here are five jobs you can get in Nigeria without a university or polytechnic degree.
1. Photography/ Photo Editing

Make photography your passion and make extra cash
Photography is has become a serious business lot of people are making money from. Many photographers are having a great career in this field without having a certificate in the field. They are only riding on their skill and experience.
2. Writing
If you are a good writer, you don't necessarily need a degree to start making money from writing. As a writer, you can decide to write for an organization and get salaries or work as a freelancer. 
You can write for websites, blogs, newspapers and magazine. You can also write scripts for ad agencies, television station and make lots of money.
3. Sales representatives

Sales representatives don't really need a degree to get a job.
Marketing is the closest degree to sales reps job but don't be surprised that BSc in marketing is not what qualifies many salespeople for the job.
Sales reps responsibilities include interacting with customers, encouraging them to buy patronize or buy the company's products preparing sales contracts and maintaining sales records. You can register for an online course in sales, get a job with its certificate.
4. Web Design
Web developers create software that meets their client specifications using programming languages. You necessarily don't need to have a degree in Computer Science to be a web developer expert. You can learn it in tech hubs like Andela.
5. Digital Marketing
Digital Marketing is one industry that doesn't need your BSc or HND degree to employ you. However, to get to the top of the ladder in this industry, you need to have a sound understanding of how to apply digital technology to market products and services.

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