Career Leaps, Faith & Success – The Olujimi Tewe Story

Olujimi Tewe grew up in Ibadan. He lived most of his formative years within the four walls of the University of Ibadan Staff School, the International School Ibadan, and the University of Ibadan. Since relocating to Lagos in 2002 for his NYSC programme, he has worked in five companies and risen to become a Senior Manager in the Nigerian banking industry. Now the CEO of Inspiro Consulting, which he started in 2010 after resigning his top level job at Bank PHB, he constantly seeks to provide career solutions to the unemployment and under-employment issues in Nigeria from a professional perspective. In this exclusive interview with BN Editorial Assistant, Gbenga Awomodu, the author of “Where Did all my Money go?” and “Getting a Good Job Easily”, shares about his journey of self-discovery, phenomenal career leaps, mistakes job-seekers make, marriage and our nation Nigeria.

Meet Olujimi Tewe
“I am Olujimi Tewe, a Human Resource Management Consultant. I am the founder of Inspiro Consulting. I have authored two books: “Where Did All My Money Go?”, and “Getting a Good Job Easily” to help prepare fresh graduates get through the challenging situation of unemployment and getting employed out there. I host a radio show called The Interview every Tuesday on City 105.1FM. I am a Pastor with Kingsword Ministries International. I am an Inspirational Speaker. One of my major challenges is that I hate keeping quiet, though I look quiet to a lot of people, but I love to speak and help people bring out the best in them. I am a husband, married to the most beautiful woman in my world and I have two kids – a boy and a girl. I’m still very young.”

Education and Childhood Dreams
He talks about his childhood dream career and how close observation made him change his mind. “I studied Agricultural Economics in the university. I had wanted to study Medicine because I had a medical doctor uncle abroad, who was rich. I felt motivated. I only changed my mind when I had a cousin living with us who would be reading at 3AM, even when she was not preparing for a test or an exam soon. Back in the secondary school, my best subjects were Agricultural Science and Maths. I could manage Economics, so I picked Agric Economics, but it didn’t take me too long to realize that I was in the wrong place. I did the course for five years plus “x” ASUU years and graduated in September 2001 from the University of Ibadan.”

A Major Turning Point
“Somewhere along the way, I realised there was a lot more to me and I didn’t want to go with the normal course of ‘Oh! Finish school, get a job, get a house, get a car, marry a wife, have children, and die later…’ Reading books, I found myself desiring to become the best that I wanted to be. I had some friends in school who had started a company in 200 Level in information technology. By 300 Level, they had built the Lagos Business School’s website, amongst others, for hundreds of thousands of naira.” Jimi learnt to walk with wise people and hanged around these friends a lot and even travelled with them to attend the CTO at the MUSON Centre in Lagos, as early as 1998. They bought books and he followed suit, even though the books ended up being read by his friends since he didn’t understand what was there. He says, “They learnt how to couple different parts of personal computers for people couldn’t afford to buy whole systems from the same brand. They said, ‘Jimi, you’ve been with us for a while. If you are able to sell computers for us, we’ll give you a percentage on the profit.’ I was excited because of the profit, but unfortunately, till today, I’ve not sold a mouse! It just didn’t work out, despite all that I put in…”

He soon found out his passion. “One day, I was walking to their office, a Boy’s Quarters on campus then and started thinking to myself: ‘You know what, this is not working. What should I do?’ I gave up on that dream. I began pouring myself into what I loved to do. The church I was attending gave me an administrative role to handle so I found myself motivated and driven by that. I poured a lot into that and was able to develop a lot of abilities – talking to people, speaking with people, addressing audiences, from simple things like taking announcements in church. We organised programmes so I learnt things about events. I liked to read a lot of books in management. In fact, in my final year when we did Agricultural Extension which included management, for the first time in five-years-plus-x, I wanted to go to class and I picked my books with the intention to read, not because of exams, but because I wanted to understand the content.”

“Olujimi’s first Consulting Salary”
“I did my final year project quite late because I wasn’t motivated to do it. When I finished it, the business centres were all full, so I had to go meet my friends. They had laptops back then. They told me to come on Friday and I was there about 6PM to type on their laptop. By 8PM, the five were all present to meet and decide the future of the company. They had no problem having me around, so while I kept typing, I was listening. The first two believed the company (Information Cyberspace, now Websoft) could be the next Microsoft; the third wanted to run some other businesses for his personal profit, but would love to do stuff for the company; the fourth guy wanted to do his Masters and then decide thereafter whether to stay with the company or not; the last guy was ready to join in doing whatever they all agreed to do. They kept discussing and it became an argument and the only thing they were not doing was throwing punches at each other because the first two felt that the others were silly. ‘Did Bill Gates do a Masters, so why are you wasting your life?’, they asked. The one who wanted to do his business felt strongly about it while the first two wanted him bring all the businesses.”

Somewhere in the middle of the argument, someone suddenly realised there had been someone listening all the while, so he said, ‘Jimi! What do you think about this?’ Jimi spoke for about four minutes saying, “One thing I’m certain about is that when a man is convinced about what he wants to do, very little will deter him. This guy who wants to do his business might tell you that he would stay with the company, but might be doing it alongside, without your knowledge. Then one day, you’ll find out and it could affect the organisation. He could be a partner and you make his responsibilities clear as well as profit sharing. The one who wants to do his Masters; you can keep his head in Nigeria, but his mind will be where he wants to go to. Let him go and do his Masters. The internet is up anyway, so he can be a consultant and eventually decide what he wants to do. Let the last guy flow with you.”

Call him a prophet or not, “Today in Ilupeju, Lagos, there is a company called Websoft started by those two guys. They are still together and are doing very good business. The third guy has his IT company, but in a different area from what Websoft is doing right now. The guy who went to do his Masters has not come back from ‘Masters’. He’s been there working in IT also but doing something totally different. The last guy is in the US also. That day, when I finished talking, it was as if God spoke. They were quiet for some time and the first guy said, ‘I think we need to pay you for this advice’ and they gave me N1,000. That was a miracle because I needed the money that day. I thought, ‘If somebody can give me N1,000 for this advice, someone can give me a million naira. So, the idea of management consulting came to mind. When I came to Lagos on January 7, 2002, though there were over 80 Banks in Nigeria, banking was the ‘in-thing’, and there was money, I made up my mind to do consulting and got a job at Restral Consulting.”

A Journey in Management Consulting
At Restral, his experience and skills from church became much more useful in management consulting and HR. Within a year and eleven months (including NYSC) he spent there, he helped to start up the Youth Leadership unit and started running programmes for youths. He says, “The thing about youths became stronger in me, but there was an extent in which they (Restral) were willing to go and I wanted to go further so at that point (that’s why I tell people that once your organisation is not able to give you what you want, it’s an indication that you probably have to leave that organisation. The challenge with most is that they don’t have what they want and what they get is what they have…. That informed my moving to become a programme coordinator at Junior Achievement International, which had collaborated with Restral previously. The focus was empowerment for youths and I worked at Junior Achievement for a year and a month because, along the way, I realised that there was more to the youth than economic empowerment that the organisation could not do for me. I applied to Accenture and got in as an Analyst and worked for a year and eleven months. Every time I get into an organisation, I ask myself how I want to do in the organisation and that informs the time frame so I begin to ask myself questions when it’s getting towards that time”

At Accenture, the schedule was quite hectic. Like Jimi says, “That time I spent in Accenture built me tremendously and opened me to different fields of HR. I was in the Human Performance Workstream and worked with a project manager and just about the time I felt my time was up in Accenture, I happened to speak with him about my intention to leave Accenture and incidentally he was going to leave to head HR at UBA. He had forced me to learn Job Evaluation skills and UBA needed to do a lot of job evaluation and job analysis projects. Interestingly, I was an Analyst at Accenture, but I became a manager in UBA. People have sometimes questioned the idea of an Analyst (the lowest level in Consulting) becoming a Bank Manager. Usually, it takes about 8 to 10 years of work/banking experience to get there, but I tell people: irrespective of industry, skill is what matters; people will be willing to pay any price for you and I was good at it so that was good for bargaining. I soon became a Senior Manager after I finished the HR transformation project. Once you are versatile, you can be used in different areas; it will task you (I spent several hours at work) but I got promoted and this was just five years after NYSC; and I tell people, the only limit you can place on yourself is the one you place on yourself.”

Interestingly, UBA was where he worked the longest – 2 years and 4 months. He soon got tired of the environment and moved to Bank PHB to head Recruitment, where worked for a year and three months before leaving to start his own business. “PHB could not help to deliver what was in my heart. Don’t change jobs because of money; you change jobs because there’s somewhere you are going to and when where you are cannot give you that any longer, you need to move forward.

Salient Career Lessons
Having worked from February 18 2002 to September 8 2010, about eight years and half in 5 companies, he often tells people that the quest to get employed is one of the worst perspectives people can have. If what you are thinking is ‘I want to get a job’, that’s one way you approach it. Otherwise, you can say, ‘I want to become this, so what do I need to learn to develop, get to where I am going, or raise finances for where I am going to.’ You’ll stay with that job if it keeps satisfying you and you don’t want more in life. That’s why you find people who have spent ten years in an organisation. They say: ‘The place is fine; it’s okay.’ Unfortunately, one day, some people are asked to go because they have ceased to add value to the company. There are many industries where people just become complacent. When you enter into a place of comfort, complacency normally follows. I thank God for where I am, but there is always something ahead of me. If you start a business and it becomes profitable, you want to move from there to the level where you ask, ‘Is this business impacting lives?’ That’s my own personal philosophy.

Common Mistakes Young Graduates Make
When I ask him, he quips, “Mistakes young graduates make. Are you ready to spend five hours with me? …Instead of talking about mistakes from an action point of view, I like to talk about them from a mindset point of view. If you can correct the thinking part, the action can be reviewed and corrected. The biggest problem is that our educational system does not prepare young graduates for the real life, so they are often ill-prepared. I don’t think there are no jobs in Nigeria again; if not, Tuesday and Thursday Guardian would not be selling fast. People don’t just wake up and say they feel like advertising every week. There are actually jobs; but, they are not looking for people, but for the skills. Interviews and tests are just trying to find out whether people have those skills. Young people need to understand what skills they have – whether you were a leader of AIESEC or whatever group in your school..”

He continues, “Recently, in one of my organization’s programmes for fresh graduates, I found out people are still very clueless. I took a session and did an overview of thirteen industries in Nigeria – where the jobs are and what kinds of jobs are there and how to get those jobs and I had people just staring at me like they had never heard about it before. I am not looking for a job, and I know all of these, and there you are looking for job and you don’t know any of these? Obviously, you are not going to get it. If you have to go interview somewhere, when you show up there and say, “I did this, I did that, I did this…” “I did” means I have the ability to do, so if that’s what they require there, they say ‘we have the right person’ that has the knowledge and the skills. …And also, the right attitude – because that’s another dimension. Many young people want the job primarily because of association. ‘Oh, I work with Zenith Bank, I work with Chevron…’ They want names, association, prestige, and to collect salary while they don’t mind going to just to browse Facebook, but they are not thinking about adding. Stop being a job seeker, become a problem solver. Find out what problem you are designed to solve; develop your capabilities in that area; look for who needs those capabilities; you don’t need to attend every interview.

“If you have several abilities, find that area where you can fully deploy yourself and add the best value. A lady once came to me on referral, looking for work. I looked at her CV and it was empty. I just dropped it asked her, ‘Tell me; what do you love to do?’ She said, ‘Well, I actually like planning parties. It’s so interesting that when I’m in school, from home, when there is a party, they call me to come and handle it. My friends too call me.’ I said, ‘Beautiful! There are some event management companies in Lagos. We’re going to see how we can get a job for you.’ Her countenance changed. She said, ‘I want a job’. I was the head of recruitment for Bank PHB. In her mind, all I needed to do was wave a wand and she would get the employment letter. I was never going to do that because I had that responsibility to my own organisation. I also had the responsibility to tell her the truth because if she had joined one of the growing events management companies in Nigeria, she would grow and build a network and eventually create her own company. Unfortunately, she couldn’t see it. I don’t know what she’s doing today. Maybe she has a job now… Then, if you doctor your resume, one day it will tell. I know someone who was 39, but claimed 29. What if one day he falls on the job, because they expect you to work as a 29-year-old. One day the stress will tell on you. It will affect you. Where the truth cannot get you to, don’t bother going there. Mentorship is also very important. Throughout the course of my career, I’ve had people that I follow actively. I seek them because I want to do things, the path of which they have toed. I might be going farther than them, but, at least, they are ahead of me. I can still learn from them.”

On setting up Inspiro Consulting
“There are some people that don’t need training, but to be sacked from their organisation. They are not meant to even be there in the first instance. I care about those people. Inspiro actually means “Inspiration” – one of the definitions speaks about ‘being awake’. This organisation was created to become a platform where we can help people to become aware of who they are and how they can match that to who they want to become in life. We are currently focusing on certain target markets and tailoring programmes and solutions to meet their needs.

Mr. Jimi Tewe with his wife

On Life’s Decisions and Mistakes
“I will share two of my best decisions: one is having a real relationship with God, because irrespective of what you do, I realised that the height of your potentials cannot be reached except you work with the person who created you. The second best is meeting my wife. Until I met her, I wasn’t complete. We’ve been married for a little over five years now and I’ve never regretted meeting her. I’ve had to make decisions that my wife’s simple thought or discomfort with my own thought about has helped to create something that has now benefitted me. We’ve been friends since I met her in 2002. We got married about four years after. I’ve made several decisions along the path of my career, but when it comes to life – God and my wife.”

So, has he ever made any wrong career decisions? “This is a bit tough…” he says and draws a long pause. “I still question whether I should have gone to Junior Achievement, because somewhere along the line, I felt I could have been better somewhere else because the organisation was not right, but I guess I wasn’t right for the organisation. I guess I was having some challenging situations at Restral and based on my expectations of the organisation, I probably made that decision out of frustration. I gave my best while I was there… I took a role in Development and Public Relations (at Junior Achievement) and that involved raising funds and doing a lot of media stuff and those are not my areas of strength. Somewhere along the way, it began to show that one day my boss called me into a meeting, ‘Jimi, I want to talk to you. Jimi, what’s wrong with you?’ (laughs). That’s the only time throughout my career that someone has asked me a question like that. I was deflated. I was like ‘What!? Something has to change’ I took time to think about it. At that point I realised how good I was at organising programmes. I spoke to a colleague who was overwhelmed with organizing work and my boss agreed that I help her handle the Venture In Management Programme (VIM) in partnership with the Lagos Business School. I succeeded in this area such that when I was going to resume at Accenture, my boss looked at me and said, “No! Not when I’m beginning to enjoy you.” So I guess it got corrected at the end of the day. I shouldn’t have gone into that PR role. I should have stayed with the Programme Coordination which would still have allowed me to still do what I eventually did. So I learnt a lesson, ‘Jimi, you’re not good at everything’.”

A Charge to Young Nigerians
Young people, your greatest assignment in life is to discover who you are and to become what you are meant to be. Discovery is not an event, it’s a process. It takes time, but try to use every part of you that you’ve discovered to do good to somebody. It comes back to you. It can be a salary for a while, after a while it can be income in your own organisation or it can be recognition. Give yourself to something of noble cause. Money is a reward for something – an exchange for value delivered. Seek the value you can deliver. Find who needs that value, exchange that value and money will come to you. Please, let’s be people of integrity. Your personal integrity eventually affects a lot more people than yourself. And we need to get people back to the point where we are thinking that a good name is better, far better, than riches. There are a lot of politicians that have a lot of wealth; people don’t really want them, except people who are sucking up to them to get their money. One day, those politicians will realise that people don’t them. In fact, many now know, so they begin to manipulate people. If you lose your money, there’ll be nothing left. So, get a good name!

Photo credit: www.fotolighthouse.com
*Mr. Olujimi Tewe blogs at http://jimitewe.wordpress.com
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Gbenga Awomodu is an Editorial Assistant at Bainstone Ltd./BellaNaija.com. When he is not reading or writing, Gbenga is listening to good music or playing the piano. He believes in the inspirational power of words and pictures, which he explores in helping to make the world a better place. He blogs at Gbenga’s Notebook (www.gbengaawomodu.com).

54 Comments on Career Leaps, Faith & Success – The Olujimi Tewe Story
  • butterfly! March 28, 2011 at 11:23 am

    first!

  • jay March 28, 2011 at 11:32 am

    INSPIRATIONAL!

  • notaplayahater March 28, 2011 at 11:56 am

    from a ‘PHBeing’ who is still ‘on the job'; i give u kudos. i’m even more inspired to work on me and be the best me there could ever be. Thx Jimi

  • My lady March 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    This is really inspirational. I am a young professional, with 4 years of experience in HR consulting, this has really motivated me. “The only restriction you have is the one you place on yourself”. That’s some word….

    And where are all the ladies that post fights for first to comment position and are quick to post comments on dresses, parties, etc, and quick to critise…It’s amazing that for this value adding article, just few comment since it’s post, this is sad. This only shows dat most of these people are small minded and probably fall in the categories of ladies they critise and condemn: following men for money, fake, flashy with overly long brazillian weave, and eye lashes sweeping the floor. So ladies get a life and learn from people like this…there is still hope.

    • jay March 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm

      If you are really a lady, i like you already!

    • Yhello March 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm

      Do you think all the ladies who post on other posts dont have jobs and aspirations of their own?We all deal with our daily lives, children , bosses and sometimes people just want to come to Bella Naija to view and read mindless entertainment. SHIKENA!Stop feeling so smart and serious with yourself.You too must follow all the brazillian weave posts since you know so much about the commenters.

  • Yhello March 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Read the first couple paragraph(the interviews long o) and he seems like a smart articulate guy.Really quite brave of him to leave his high ranking job to start his own thing. Good for him!

  • Eni Oba ri teni March 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    “Seek the value you can deliver. Find who needs that value, exchange that value and money will come to you”; “If you have several abilities, find that area where you can fully deploy yourself and add the best value”; “The only limit you can place on yourself is the one you place on yourself”.

    This young man is a gem!! I’m sooo inspired, and with reference to one of his definitions of the word “nspiration”, I’m awake. This is one article I’ll be reading again and again.

  • q March 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    @Mylady,That was completely uncalled for.U claim they criticize,but u also just did.Guy or Lady,ur comment above was very disrespectful.Putting others down,surely doesn’t make you a better person.

    Thanks Bella for this wonderful post,It answered a lot of questions young people are afraid to ask or get answers to.I will keep referring to this article to help me deal with a few situations i’ve had to deal with personally.Pls give us more!!

    To Mr Jimi Tewe,May Wisdom never elude you.i deeply respect your reverence for God & how u celebrate ur wife.We are definitely sure she is proud of u & ur accomplishments.

  • Babydee March 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I think this article does what it was meant to do; i.e inspire. I think a light bulb just came on in my head. Thank you Gbenga for bringing this interview to us.

  • Lola March 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Fantastic, Jimi. Proud to know you. Keep up the good works and may the good Lord keep strengthening you.

  • tatafo! March 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I’m printing this post out, this is so inspiring. I was cutting & pasting so many of the quotes you dropped.

  • Tomi March 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Mr Jimi seems to have figured out his purpose in life. Amazing!!!

  • WhopThereItIs March 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    i was enjoying reading until i scrolled 3/4 way down on the right and saw he had a wife. Am not reading anymore.

  • Tejumade March 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    You’ve just done it again JT, U’ve lifted me! One of the best thing that has happened to me is meeting you. Keep moving bcos boys dey follow u 4 bak o

  • Aibee March 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Hmmmm! This is some deep stuff. I’m very Inspired now to go out and do what I’ve always wanted to do!

  • Ib March 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    What can i say?iv been blown away,im telling u.this man knows his stuff.
    im bookmarking this page for future reference

  • Tutu March 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    wow the dude is so hot…blinks
    what could possibly be sexier than an accomplished man..

  • LamiLami March 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    lol@whopthereitis, don’t worry, your own will be just as smart. Keep up the good work, Mr. Jimi

  • Chidee March 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    WOW!!!!!!!!! This guy interviewed me and made me a PHBeing… Kudos for leaving & this is highly inspirational…

  • Ify March 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Jimi’s story is so inspiring. I’ve had the privilege of working with him. His person is even more remarkable. Thank God that He’s raising role models in Nigeria for the younger generation to follow

  • dee-zed March 28, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Motivational! very challenging achievements. but i must add that u had a lot of courage moving from one organization to the other like u did. am fired up right now.kip the stone rolling…

  • Jimi Tewe March 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Thanks everyone for your kind words. I am sure that ‘something’ inside of you that tugged at your heart while you read is only waiting to find expression. We need you in this world. Don’t just exist, truly live!

  • Papi March 28, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Some top advertising boss asked if i know you well and if you are very calm, but I told him I only know you as the HR guy when you worked with one of the financial institutions few years back. I guess I can speak more about you now. Keep it up

  • KD March 28, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Such an excellent and concise piece. Jimi’s story is one that I am personally familiar with and can attest to his achievement of purpose and success..keep the flag flying and yes, we are not job seekers, we are problem solvers! nice one!

  • galla March 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    PJ…twale! on point….seriously on point!!

  • Uchechi March 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Interesting!

  • Ready March 28, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    First, let me state that after reading this while getting ready for school at 8 this morning, all I could think of on the bus was “‘I want to become this, so what do I need to learn to develop, get to where I am going?” It’s nothing I’ve never heard before, but as I prepare to graduate with this Masters, the job hunt has begun and it’s easy to get carried away in the hustle to start making money. This came at a very good time.

    Now, Miss Lady, boo…calm down. You wrote about 20 minutes after the article was posted, asking where people are. That was very unnecessary; people take time to read stuff and process it. It’s not your place to judge those who don’t comment on this article as shallow gold diggers; I didn’t see your comment on matters concerning politics or other career features. I guess that’ll allow me to group you in the same category as those people you’re complaining about.

  • Myne Whitman March 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Very motivational story, and being so young, this is just the beginning. All the best Jimi!

  • Tomi March 29, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I’m more concerned that he seems to be restless and the longest job he has held was for barely 2 years. Just saying…

    • Karimah March 30, 2011 at 10:34 am

      Some of us are “restless” as you call it… Some people also prefer to start new things and move on after sometime. Some people get bored… It is their life. I for 1 started out doing computer stuff… networking, hardware and all…. now am moving into management and changing jobs… job descriptions and all to something entirely different… it doesn’t matter in the long run if you end up finding your passion… Now he is doing what he likes best so def he is gonna stay here much longer

  • Bukky March 29, 2011 at 11:48 am

    “Stop being a job seeker, become a problem solver. Find out what problem you are designed to solve; develop your capabilities in that area; look for who needs those capabilities; you don’t need to attend every interview.”- seriously??? Lets not act like we have a perfect country.In a country like ours (especially if you dont have connections) you take whatever job you get and you go for whatever interview.That is how things are, pls lets not get carried away with idealism. Lets be realistic abeg!

    • Karimah March 30, 2011 at 10:40 am

      Those who have never worked for someone 1 day in their life, how did they do it?

  • Moi March 29, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Ordinarily, I read and keep my opinions to myself, but I think i’d do differently this time. One of the biggest challenges we have in this country is that we are so neck deep in what is wrong we cant see what can be done or how to start making things right. I’m sure this fella isnt talking about transforming your life in one day. I’m thinking he’s talking more about a paradigm shift that happens GRADUALLY! By stop being a job seeker, did he mean quit your present job for a new job???? I doubt that! I think we need to be more open minded with things like this. If it has worked for some people, then it not working with you is your fault and none else, right?
    Like they say, you are a product of how you think. If this Tewe guy’s claims are for real, then his thoughts have taken him so far, as for nay sayers… well, look where you are…

    before i get into full blown ranting, lemme jus stop now!

  • Purple March 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    … Inspiring Inspiro!!!

    I read through and saw the very things i’ve been struggling with, writing in black n white! Please Jimi, how would one really discover his/her path??? especially when you get things done whether you like them or not? Drawing from your wirte-up, there are things that are outrightly not mearnt for me. In the same vain, the only set-back I have is the one that I place on myself right? So, in the mist of 3 things I prefer to do, how do I really come to the knowledge of “THAT VERY ONE”???

    I have battled with this for a while. Done self appraisals et al. The question I keep asking myself is “Is this really it or do I think it is cos the self awareness test pointed towards this direction???”

    Jimi, PLEASE, I NEED ANSWERS!

    Thanks!

  • Purple March 29, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Another interesting thing here is the fact that nothing was said about a masters program??? Do you have any of them certifications (Msc, MBA, SPHR, GPHR, CIPM, CIPD etc)???If no, it means u’re confirming my fears…these things are only career-success enablers (that is if they are…) and not determiners! therefore, which would be a better consideration for a postgraduate studies: A course along ur line of interest in order to get eligible for the next possible position Vs A course which according to trends, would be the next best thing???

    Your response would be appreciated!

    Many thanks!!!

  • Jimi Tewe March 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Hello. Thanks for the comments everyone. @ Tomi, the basis for my consistent transition between jobs was primarily because as much as i gave my best and initially did enjoy the work i was doing, i always got to the point where my personal ambition (long term career goals) were no longer in tandem with the organization’s expectations of me. There is no rule that says a person should stay in an organization for a particular number of years. I believe what is most important for us and the organizations we work with is that we are always engaged mentally so we can deliver value to them. Hope this clarifies your concerns. @ Bukky, I have come across too many people who have utilized that approach you have recommended and are now undergoing a heavy dose of career counseling. Maybe it will be okay to adopt your approach at the beginning of your career (at least to get it going) but somewhere along the way, what i am saying will become very necessary. The foundation for every great career is self discovery and this is the basis for distinction and significance in life. Trust me, you do not want to get locked down in a job that you literally hate. @ Purple, on your first comment, send me a mail (olujimitewe@inspirosolutions.com) and on your second comment, yes, i do not have a Masters at the moment but i have had to get educated to be able to deliver value in the course of my career. At the moment, i am undergoing certifications in line with my career coaching aspirations. I believe education or any form of certification is meant to be an enhancer and must not just be about the certificate (which a lot of people are primarily interested in)… Trends also change and so you have to be careful about getting certifications based on trends alone.

    • Bukky March 31, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks for the clarification and feedback!

  • Dez March 29, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    While I find this article extremely inspiring, I would like to caution other graduates like myself that there is no prescription to success. This has always been my grudge with motivational speakers, sometimes they get overly prescriptive and then seem to contradict themselves.
    Firstly, Mr Tewe said he went from being an Analyst to a Bank Manager because of his transferable skills. However, the young lady who came to him, with event planning skills, looking for a job in a Bank was told she should be resticted to working for an event planning company! Whatever happened to her working in a department like HR? I mean some recruitment excersices are so disorganised, you wonder how the HR people got recruited in the first place. Yet a potential talent was turned away while someone else with probably less evident skills, who comes with a resume signed by a Director will get employed! Of course, the latter is not Mr Tewe’s fault, its just a function of the world we live in.
    Secondly, it appears Mr Tewe thinks its fundamentally wrong to stay in a company for 10years. While I haven’t worked for 10years not to talk of being in a company for 10years, I find this ideology a little too prescriptive as well! Whatever happened to developing within a company and continously adding value to the company. Not everyone would be lucky enough to get a good job every two years nor would everyone be able to start their own businesses. It’s good Mr Tewe now has his own company. However, I wonder how many potential employees who suggest during interview that their medium to long term ambition is to leave his company within two years, he will employ, regardless of how skilled they appear to be.
    Asides from these two critical points, I find the story extremely motivating and see Mr Tewe’s story as evidence of hope which graduates seeking employment can hang on to: “if you are truely skilled, all you need to kickstart your path to success is a leg through the door”. I slightly disagree with Mr Tewe that taking the PR role was a plain mistake, it was probably the job which set him on his way to ultimate success. We all won’t get our dream jobs from the word ‘GO’. Even within a “dream” company, you might be drafted into a role which doesn’t entirely suit you. However, I feel anywhere you find yourself for a start, do your best and make a real difference. It won’t cost you anything, on the other hand it will only develop and prepare you for future challenges and unpredictable situations, like it did Mr Tewe!
    Summarily, I believe there are many paths to success and to “PURPLE”, a Masters or any other further qualifications wouldn’t automatically translate to success but at the same time they are definitely not useless just because Mr Tewe doesn’t have one (i.e. if he doesn’t!).

    • Karimah March 30, 2011 at 10:00 am

      I don’t think it is right to work in a place for so long… That’s me… Some don’t mind. Maybe it is because of the place I currently work.. I think after sometime, you just stop growing, you become set in your ways and no matter how smart an idea is, your way must carry the day. Don’t get me wrong, I have also seen people who have worked in an organization for 20 years but not within the same unit or department… It is a matter of what works for you. I don’t see myself in an organization 5 years after to be frank. 2/3 years max not saying if I get moved to another department doing something different and challenging, I wouldn’t consider. I just prefer a new environment.

  • Candie March 30, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Long story short. Can i have him to go please………..Thank you.

  • Candie March 30, 2011 at 8:58 am

    inspiring

  • Karimah March 30, 2011 at 10:31 am

    @ Dez: I think his reference to that lady is more like telling her to follow her passion. She would must likely make it better doing what she likes doing than working in a bank because that was the in-thing. Like Rancho said in 3 idiots, make your passion your profession.
    That said. Very inspiring story… Hmmm. We attended the same skols… lol..
    Thanks for pointing out that it aint about the salary…. Been trying to tell that to people but they never listen. Months down the line they are complaining and thinking of changing jobs. And also for pointing out that it is the skills that matter…

  • Dez March 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Yes Karimah I understand if someone is advised to follow her passion but then where does self discovery fit into that? I probably don’t know the full details of the case, I’m just wondering if he was in a bit of a hurry to advise her on what was best for her simply based on his own experiences. My second point has been clarified by Mr Tewe (think his last comment wasn’t uploaded as at the time I made my mine)

  • manny March 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    what a story.jimi’s story is one every young man who aspires to make a diff should learn from.with success stories like this the future does not look so bleak after all.

  • Tolani Olutayo March 31, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Inspiring story. I just joined the world of Management Consulting after 9 years work experience in Engineering, Banking ( Retail) & Banking ( HR ), and the opportunities for growth and advancement towards my place of passion is more compared to all of my years in banking. I intend to have my consulting firm which will deliver practicable solutions to every day organisational problems using people as the agent for change. I am on track…

  • ooja April 5, 2011 at 10:40 am

    wow!reli inspiring

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  • Moyo Adetoun June 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Sir,great job u’re doin. i finished NYSC close to 4mths ago n im yet 2 get a job or interview. i ve resorted to listenin 2 u on city f.m and reading your blog http://www.jimitewe.wordpress.com thank you for being an inspiration

  • Dennis Isolo June 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Listened to you two days ago at the NYSC Camp Iyana Ipaja and you were very well on point. Thanks for the tips you gave us on job search and career enhancement…

    Thank you

  • ty July 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    from an analyst to a bank manager and then a senior manager all in few years? wow! I really need to start thinking out of the box!

  • Emmanuel AYeni June 9, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Very Inspiring and motivational piece. Jimi continues to be a leading light and a voice of hope to young generation of Nigerians. I am inspired

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