Showing posts from August, 2013

How I won a scholarship from the CFA Institute

Sometime early 2012, I came across a notice from the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute on its Access Scholarship Program (“Program”) which is designed to make CFA Institute programs more available to individuals who may not be able to afford the full program fees. (“Access Scholarships”). After reading up on the eligibility criteria, official rules, application procedures and evaluation process, I decided to take my chance and apply for the scholarship. The application form required that I fill in my personal information, a personal statement, references and my personal financial statement. I submitted the application and about three months later, I received an email notifying me of my success! Please see below my personal statement and personal financial statement used for the entry submission. Please note that this is to serve only as a guide and not to be copied for your own application. Personal Statement One of my career objectives is to become a leading Investment/ Fi

Taking your skill to the next level

Recently, the leadership of NYSC decided to introduce a Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Program (SAED) as part of the one year mandatory NYSC Scheme. It is impressive to see the effort of NYSC in ensuring that the unemployment rate in Nigeria is drastically reduced by equipping everyone who passes through the scheme with one skill or the other. I was privileged to be a facilitator at a capacity building session for Corps Members in February this year and it was great teaching budding entrepreneurs the usefulness of accounting records. Anyway, accounting is not the topic for this piece. In this piece we would be looking at how you can take your newly developed skill to the next level be it cake making, bead making etc. So now you know how to bake, what next? In business, having the skill to get the job done is not good enough. You need more. You need to be able to convince people to patronize you (marketing) you need to position your skill or product (branding), keep

Why I am writing a blog

Nowadays, everyone seems to have a blog and my initial thoughts were “Should everyone blog?” I think everyone should and my reason is simple -You have access to information that someone needs. Why not share?! Based on that premise, this blog is basically about sharing my insights, perspectives and general gist. I might get a bit personal too. The blog will basically be along the lines of career, money, business, motivation as these are the areas I have had people ask the most questions. I hope you find this blog useful. DA