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Ivie Ogbonmwan: It May Seem Tough Now, But It Will Get Better



Sade and Ngozi had similar educational backgrounds. Upon graduation from University, Sade got a referral from an uncle and served with ABC Corporation, one of the top 4 leading consulting firms in the country. Ngozi, on the other hand, was not so lucky. She tried very hard to get a good well-paying job in a company that had huge potential, but all efforts failed. She eventually got the opportunity to work as a personal assistant to the administrator of a school, and took it gladly.

Ngozi and Sade grew apart as their jobs demanded more from them, but the few times they got the opportunity to spend time together, Ngozi hated it. She had no fun stories to share like Sade did. She never went on official trips, didn’t get to meet prestigious people and all she did was manage her boss’ life. How boring. Her organisation owed salaries, refused to outsource most of the work and would not even consider rewarding for the extra job responsibilities she did not bargain for initially.

She deeply envied Sade.

What Ngozi failed to realise was that while conditions were not perfect, she was actually at an advantage. Within her organisation, she was saddled with numerous responsibilities, from recruitment, to admin management, facility management, book keeping and customer relations. She had no technology and no junior colleagues to pass tasks to, she had to literally do everything from scratch.

Few years down the line, Ngozi had moved from small business to small business, but excelled in all as her experience was vast. She was an employee any boss could depend on. She did not wait for a high flying organisation to qualify her, she qualified herself. And at the right time, she got her dream job as a HR Manager with a top telecommunication company. She was indispensable. Where else could they get a human resources manager, who could be seen as a partner to the business, able to support departments effectively without her experience?
She finally got to use technology; but with or without it she was capable. She KNEW the work.

There are many people like younger Ngozi today, completely disgruntled about their current situation. I implore you today to change your perspective. No two career paths are the same, and it is completely dangerous to compare yourself. While your friend could have an easier walk in the park, and you seemingly aren’t, you will both get to different destinations but in line with your purpose.

It is very easy to want to walk the simple easy path, but our vision of the future is so limited we have no idea where we will end up, so we must ensure to embrace our current place and make use of its current opportunities.

Stop looking down on small businesses and SMEs, the big ones you admire today were once small companies too. Your dreams are valid when they are in line with your purpose. Having a dream, based on your desire to live the life your friend is living, is NOT a dream.

Stay focused on your focus and patiently see things evolve.

Ivie Ogbonmwan serves as the human resources manager, responsible for strategies to attract, develop, and retain talent for ACT Foundation. Prior to her current role, She was an experienced analyst with OutsideIn HR, a management consulting firm which focuses on human resource business partnering, global talent development, and organizational effectiveness. Ivie’s educational background includes an LLB in Law from the University of Benin and a B.L from the Nigerian Law School. Contact Ivia via: and [email protected] Follow on Instagram: @iviechic


  1. Dan

    April 26, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Hello Ivie, please how can I get in touch? It is okay to call or send an email? BN please help

  2. Jenn

    April 26, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Very well written!
    The closing sentence is so apt! #FocusonYourFocus

  3. Janet

    April 26, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Thank you for this piece!

  4. Ifedayo

    April 26, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Lovely write up!!! Showing us the realities of life and how everyone’s race is different. Thanks once again!!!

  5. Asake

    April 26, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    I love love “stay focused on your focus” very true! Kudos to the writer.

  6. tunmi

    April 27, 2018 at 12:05 am

    this is good!!!!

  7. Ezeagu Jane C.

    May 31, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Ivie you are 100% right, i for one is currently in that position. I was employed in my present job a small indigenous oil and gas firm in PH as Legal adviser/Company secretary. In my course of duty i am currently serving as the company secretary, legal officer, human resource manager and an administrative officer of the company. These responsibilities have exposed me to have a vast knowledge of the above duties, it has also helped me to be bold and fearless in any interview i will have in future knowing fully well what the recruiter is looking for. Thanks for this piece and keep it up dear.

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