Career and Personal Development Masterclass Delivered by Tunji Andrews (Lagos)

“People pay for your brand and not your skill.”
This was one of the boldest statements made at the Master class which was organised by U.K. based Been there & Done that Ltd. The master class was both intimate and rewarding as the room which could only hold 30 attendees was filled to capacity. The personal and career development class was geared towards transforming lives in the areas of:
• Managing your career
• Creating a Personal Development Plan
• Branding and Projecting Yourself
• Improving Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
• Time Management

Perhaps one of the best things about the master class was how each pointer was intertwined. Good career management from the onset requires deep critical thinking, neither can function without the other. Once thinking has occurred well enough, it is required that said persons project themselves effectively to build a personal brand which in turn cannot be effective if they have not created a personal development plan. Equally, time management is a thread, where perfected, all the other key aspects follow.
Each pointer was thoroughly delved into leaving no stones unturned as the interactive session also served to give responses where the attendees were unclear. Unfortunately, if you didn’t get to attend the master class, you missed out on quite a number of major keys. Below is a quick summary of the class.

“Your career is your journey through life, learning and work.”
Understanding your key strengths and weaknesses are instrumental to managing your career because first, you have to identify your career. Mr Andrews gave several examples of how one could identify their core strengths. Some of them included speaking to family and friends, volunteering, reading articles, company websites and blogs, industry magazines; speaking to friends and colleagues in other companies, departments or roles or speaking to a career coach.

For example, if you are a planner, your ideal job role could be that of a manager effectively leading project team. That’s the dream but it isn’t your reality, how do you then get there from where you currently are? The answer, Problem solving!

So, you’ve identified where your strengths lie and identified what job role is well suited to those strengths… critical thinking is essential for the next step you will take in your career. In this stage, brainstorming is essential. Do you have mentors you can bounce ideas off of? Do you have a personal problem solving team different from your designated team at work? These are key aspects to look at!

“The more you think of complex problems, you flex your cognitive muscles.”
He then moved on to building a personal brand. On this topic, he spoke of the essence of building an online social presence. Twitter, he said was a good place for those who wanted to become thought leaders in their field as a thought leader himself in Macroeconomics who boasts some over 13,000 followers on Twitter. He however warned to stay in your lane as only topics on which a person was highly informed should one express opinion. These twitter streets do not play!

“In growing your brand, be ready to work for free”
Free labour as he explained was a lack of monetary gain but not necessarily, a lack of alternative gains. Although pecuniary gain might not be present, the exposure/experience value cannot be quantified. He was also careful to add that one had to choose very carefully how they opted to go about it as if those benefits were not derived, then it would indeed be free.

“Your phone’s calendar is your friend”
Time management was something Mr Tunji Andrews expressed was still a struggle. Well, it helped to know that the business development expert was human after all. However, he mentioned enlisting help from friends, his wife and his smart phone. To-do lists with timelines, he added were also very helpful in dealing with time management.
In the end, it was a unanimous decision that the class had been a good investment for all who attended. He ended with a few bonus tips on creating an award winning CV. “It’s the first time the employer gets to meet you, make it count”, he added. It was a great success for all present and everyone got to go home with the material used during the workshop as well as a certificate.

The next masterclass is a Microsoft Office Workshop due to hold in Lagos 22nd April, 2017 equipping all attendees with Beginners and Intermediate mastery of the Ms Office suite.

For more details on masterclasses coming up, follow @beenthere2025 on Twitter and Instagram.

Kayode Ogundamisi, Olusegun Ezekiel, And Others At Leadership Conference Targeted At Young Africans In The UK

BeenThere and DoneThat Ltd organised a second leadership conference last month (24th October 2015) in Nottingham, UK. The theme of the conference was Legendary Leadership Lessons (2).  Just like the first, the purpose of the conference was to inspire, motivate and support young Africans who are or who wish to be in positions of leadership to learn about key leadership skills. Such skills include integrity, honesty, determination, courage, commitment, passion, confidence, goal-setting and positivity.

The conference, hosted by Temi Ilori, served as an arena for knowledge exchange, debate and discussion among emerging young African leaders. The attendance of senior citizens was hugely welcomed as conference delegates asserted that they benefited from their elderly counsel during the interactive sessions.

Olusegun Ezekiel and Kayode Ogundamisi were keynote speakers at the conference. Olusegun spoke about the Implication of Political Leadership on the Economic Development of Africa while Kayode focused on Politics and Journalism, Lessons from the Last Decade and Lessons for Future Leaders.

Other Distinguished Speakers such as Karo Orovboni spoke on Becoming Agents of Change, Sola Afolabi on the Importance of Education and Self-Development, Kelechi Anyikude (Leadership: Share the Vision), karibiba Amachree (Climbing the Ladder of Success), Naomi Simon (Beyond the Rhetoric of Pan-Africanism, how we can Make Impact), Rene Germain (Facing the Future), Taiwo Gisanrin (Leadership Values for Next Generation Leaders), Dipo Awojide (The Journey from Failure to Success), Dr. Jaliyyah Bello (Gender Equality in Nigeria, how we can Make Progress) and Bisola Babalola on Academic Excellence and Leadership Tips for Young People.

Staying true to our core mission of promoting youth development, we shall be hosting a third leadership conference in Nigeria in the coming months.

Career and Personal Development Masterclass (Lagos)

We believe Nigerian youths can achieve so much more if given the opportunity and support. We believe their performance can be enhanced, and their personal and professional development accelerated. We believe Nigerian youths and young professionals can deliver optimal results and achieve their career goals.

 To assist in achieving these, we have put together a Personal and Professional Development Masterclass themed ‘Unleashing the Leader in YOU.’
This Masterclass session will focus on the outlined areas: Managing YOUR Career, Creating a Winning CV for YOUR next job, Creating a Personal Development Plan, Branding and Projecting Yourself, Improving Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and Time Management (Bonus Session).
Course Fee: N5,000 (Includes refreshments, course materials and a certificate).

Account Details: UBA, 1019742866, Ambidextrous Consult Nig Ltd

Please send your name/email address to info@btdtltd.co.uk once payment has been made

FACILITATOR – TUNJI ANDREWS

Date: 25th February 2017
Venue: The Vantage Hub, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos.

SHOLA AJANI, IMAD MESDOUA, AYO SOGUNRO, OTHERS AT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE IN LONDON

BeenThere & DoneThat Ltd had its inaugural leadership conference themed LEGENDARY LEADERSHIP LESSONS on Saturday 4th July 2015 in London.

The purpose of the conference was to encourage and support young people who are or who wish to be in positions of leadership to learn about and develop key leadership skills and qualities such as integrity, honesty, determination, courage, commitment, passion, confidence, goal-setting and positivity.

Invited speakers shared lessons in a bid to motivate and inspire conference delegates. The keynote Speaker was Shola Ajani, a Personal and Organisational Development Consultant, Speaker, Coach and Mentor. He spoke on how young people can unleash their Inner Potentials.

Other distinguished speakers included Imad Mesdoua, who spoke on “Exploring Your Possibilities,” Jason Jackson (Lessons for Future Leaders), Kelechi Anyikude (Leadership: Share the Vision), Khafi Kareem (Yes We Can), Opeyemi Soile (The Building Blocks of Leadership), Sheun David-Onamusi (Climbing the Ladder of Success), Sinead Banful (Lead Yourself), Bisola Babalola (Reaching for the Stars), and Ayo Sogunro who spoke on “Facing the Future.”

A Collection of Success Stories from Young African Leaders and Entrepreneurs

It has been a long time coming, but the BTDT Africa book titled “Been There & Done That: A Collection of Success Stories from Young African Leaders and Entrepreneurs” is finally here. This book will now be distributed (free of charge) to students across tertiary institutions in the UK and in Nigeria.

Mr Laolu Akande (Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria) comments that “Although these stories represent only a small sample of successful young Nigerians and British-Nigerians, these stories will inspire and motivate the next generation of African leaders and entrepreneurs.”

Please feel free to download this book via http://btdtltd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Been-There-Done-That-A-Collection-of-Success-Stories-from-Young-African-Leaders-and-Entrepreneurs.pdf and share with your contacts.

A very big THANK YOU to everyone that contributed to this project. We deeply appreciate.