| Travel / Re: Nigerian Students In The Uk How Do You Survive? by dustydee: 11:14am On Oct 26|
Whats your rate.
todays rate is 540 so I will do anything close to that, say 530.
| Travel / Re: Nigerian Students In The Uk How Do You Survive? by dustydee: 9:02am On Oct 26|
I need naira in exchange for pounds. Is anyone able to change for me? About £1000.
| Travel / Re: Kano Nigeria's Largest State And The Second Substantial Pride Of Nigeria by dustydee: 8:38pm On Oct 19|
Show us your analysis. Anambra state with less than 5m registered 52k and Kano with close to 10m registered 66k. May your kids be treated like this Alamajiris and Out of school kids in Kano, say Amen!!
You justified your point by saying "N3 Kano spends on education, Anambra , spends N1 : Ratio: 3 to 1." to which I said it was faulty because you didn't consider the population and all you could do is resort to insults? With your reasoning, If this is the best education you could get then we are in trouble in Nigeria although I doubt it has anything to do with your education but your unwillingness to learn and take correction.
| Travel / Re: Kano Nigeria's Largest State And The Second Substantial Pride Of Nigeria by dustydee: 4:01pm On Oct 19|
On education : Anambra vs Kano
WAEC 2014: Out of 66k Kano students only 18K got 5 credits and above with a pass rate of 27% while Anambra that registered 52k students, 34k got 5 credits and above with a pass rate of 65%. Makes you wonder if Boko Haram is going away soon?
Education budget: Kano 2014=N20.8bn; Anambra=N7.172bn. Explaining the numbers for dunces again! For every N3 Kano spends on education, Anambra , spends N1 : Ratio: 3 to 1.
Percentage of educational outcome: Kano: 27%; Anambra=65%.. It means that Anambra state is 38% more efficient and productive in training younger ones for university education than Kano with 1/3 of Kano's budget.
Your analysis is faulty.
How many people did Kano spend the N20.8bn as compared to the number of people Anambra spent 7.172bn?
Your analysis would have been more acceptable if you had considered the budget per head.
This does not mean Anambra is not ahead of kano in terms of education.
| Politics / Re: Breaking News; President Buhari set to divorce his wife by dustydee: 8:39pm On Oct 18|
| Sports / Re: Alex Iwobi & Girlfriend, Clarisse Loved Up In New Photos by dustydee: 7:59pm On Oct 18|
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| Nairaland / General / Re: Two Nigerians Arrested For Drug Trafficking In India by dustydee: 12:30pm On Oct 17|
| Travel / Re: Lady Who Survived Tragic Trailer Accident Narrates Her Ordeal. Photos by dustydee: 7:09pm On Oct 14|
A FATAL ACCIDENT IS ONE IN WHICH THE VICTIM'S LIFE WAS LOST.
Fatal: Causing or capable of causing death.
| Politics / Re: License Illegal Refineries - Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma Tells FG by dustydee: 11:46am On Oct 14|
Very Good, if FG has failed to revamp the legal refineries hitherto, then these ones should be given a chance to boost local productions and ease the pressure on Forex.
There's no law stopping them from applying for a licence. They are in business because they are illegal. They will not be profitable if they are regulated and operate in the manner they currently operate.
| Business / 5 Business Lessons From Nigerian Oil Multimillionaire Muhammadu Indimi by dustydee: 11:47am On Oct 12|
Nigerian oilman Muhammadu Indimi is one of Africa’s most successful businessmen. Indimi, who has a net worth of $500 million according to FORBES Magazine’s 2015 ranking of Africa’s richest people, is the founder of Oriental Energy Resources, a leading privately owned Nigerian oil exploration and production company. Oriental, which he founded in 1990, has three projects offshore of Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.
His current status in Nigerian society is a far cry from his origins. Born in Maiduguri, northern Nigeria in 1947, Indimi had a deprived childhood. His father was a poor hides and skin trader and the young Indimi could not get a formal education because his father could barely afford it. At a very young age, Indimi was forced to take over his father’s business. Indimi says it was the springboard to the success he enjoys today.
Indimi, who is currently working on his memoirs ahead of his 70th birthday next year, rarely grants interviews to the media. He recently invited me over for a chat in Abuja, Nigeria, where he offered a sneak peek into his memoirs, recounted his life story, and spent well over an hour sharing five of the most important lessons he has learned in business. I share the lessons here, in his own words:
1. Learn Your Trade
In 1957, I was ten years old and I was working with my father in his hides and skins trading business. We collected the skins from the villages around Maiduguri – some of them as far as 200 km away. My father and I traveled by foot on seasonal roads, and later, I would go by bicycle. If it rained, and it could rain continuously for 10 to 15 days, the road overseers closed the roads with roadblocks. We carried food with us, but it could take a month to travel 100 km, so all our food would be finished. Sometimes we ate terrible things along the way, things like rats and frogs, because that was what was available. The road overseers would catch the rats in the bush and boil them and all we had to do was brush them to remove the skin, and eat them with salt.
Anyway, I soon learned that the most expensive skins for trading were leopard skins, followed by crocodile, anaconda, and sealskins. Cow skins were the cheapest, as well as sheep and goatskins, and these were sold by weight. Other skins, like the crocodile and anaconda, were valued by their width. Most animals were skinned and cut down the belly, but for crocodiles, the belly skin was what was valuable, so it had to be cut down the back and then stretched. These were some of the things I had to learn. Many villagers didn’t know how to stretch the skins, so my father and I would do it. First we put the skins into water to make them more flexible. Then we would punch holes in the edges using nails to hold it flat, and leave it overnight. The skin could stretch up to one or two feet more, which meant more money.
The skins were also graded. Grade 1 was the best: no markings and no puncture wounds; grades 2 and 3 followed. If there were a small puncture in the skin, we would sew it so the buyer wouldn’t know. I know now that this is wrong, and I looking back, I regret it. In any case, I learned everything I could learn about the hides and skins trading business and I am proud to say that I became a master in this business. While it was not an extremely profitable, it was my start in business and it would lead me on to greater things. It is important that you learn your trade completely.
2. Pay your debts
In 1963 when I was 16, I got my independence from my father. I wanted to be my own man, and since I had nowhere to sleep, I decided to pitch my tent at a friend’s house. My hides and skin business was struggling and I was struggling to make ends meet. One day at 6am, I heard a knock on the door. It was my father. He had borrowed £100 from a neighbor friend of his so that I could continue doing business on my own. My father was well trusted, so he was given the money without any paperwork.
In 1963, £100 was an incredible amount of money and I needed to pay off this loan or else my family’s credibility. He couldn’t pay it back himself, and if I couldn’t either, it would have been shameful. But I didn’t squander his gift. Everyday, I would come back from trading and balance my accounts. I kept trading hides and skins and I also bought some acreage to farm wheat. It took me a few years to finally pay off that loan but I eventually did. That earned me reputational capital among the big businessmen in Maiduguri at the time, and when I needed loans in the future, everyone was glad to support me.
3. Always keep your eyes open for opportunity
As time went on, I decided to expand my business activities from hides trading into selling clothes. I was around 20 at the time and this was during the period of the Biafran war. Because of the war, it was a bit challenging for me to get goods into northern Nigeria. So I started crossing the border to Cameroon to buy ready-made clothes to sell in Maiduguri. As my clothing business prospered, I began to look for the next business opportunity in order to grow my income. In 1973, there was a shortage of flour in Maiduguri. The state government at the time was importing flour and selling it at a subsidized rate to locals. I soon got information from a reliable friend that there was flour for sale in Sokoto state. Sokoto at the time had excess flour and so I got in touch with the Chief Commercial Officer of the Ministry of Commerce for Sokoto state, the organization that was handling the sale. I called him and told him that I was interested in buying all his flour and wanted to see him. We met up in Jos, and when he saw me, he was shocked to see a young man. I was 26 years old at the time. At first, he doubted my seriousness- especially because I wanted to buy 50,000 bags of flour which cost £300,000. He allocated the bags to me and since I didn’t have the money, I had to return to Maiduguri to raise the money from some of the leading business people of the time. I eventually transported the bags of flour from Sokoto to Maiduguri and made a £50,000 profit on that one deal. £50,000 is not a lot of money today, but in those days it was a big deal.
4. Diversify your operations and take your business to the next level
In 1979, Nigeria was transitioning from a military to civilian government and President Olusegun Obasanjo commissioned the South Chad Irrigation Project. A pumping station was built with canals from Lake Chad. Three months before the station was to open, the water pulled back and the pumping station was left hanging. It was a very embarrassing situation. An engineer friend of mine was the project manager. He came to me and told me there was a company in Florida that was building mobile water pumps. Since I had been traveling abroad to Europe, he thought I could go to America to buy the pumps and bring them back to Nigeria.
I had never been to America, but I asked him how many pumps he needed. Within 48 hours, I was in the U.S.A. In those days, getting an American visa was not as tedious as it is now. I swiftly went to the American consulate in Kaduna and got my Visa, then went to Lagos and flew PanAM to New York, and connected to Florida.
I bought 30 pumps worth $1.3 million. To transport them, I rented an Antonov, a big Russian cargo plane. We filled the entire canal with water using the new pumps. The President of Nigeria commissioned publications about the irrigation pump projects for publicity purposes, and soon everyone wanted to do the same thing. I quickly set up an agency so that no one could sell the water pumps except for me. Six years later, I built the first irrigation pump factory in Maiduguri. It became an extremely successful venture and that was when I started making real money.
5. Exhaust all possibilities and never give up
In 1991, I was still in the mobile pump business when I started working in the oil industry in the Niger Delta. The Nigerian President at the time, General Ibrahim Babangida was encouraging indigenous participation in oil exploration and production, and so I was given the opportunity to own some oil prospecting licenses – along with some other prominent business people. It would take 20 years and over a billion dollars in capital to get to the point where I could sell oil.
Those twenty years were very uncertain and required a lot of determination and money. We drilled many dry wells. I started the first well with Conoco, an oil company based in Houston. We drilled three wells: two dry, and one with the discovery of gas. They ran away. I then partnered with Nexen, a Canadian company. We drilled one well, which was water wet, and they ran away. Then came Eer, from the UK. We drilled one well, which was not a commercial discovery, and they ran away.
Finally, I partnered with Afren, headquartered in the UK, in 2006. It was with determination that we found oil in 2011. Some of the international oil companies that abandoned us along the way came back to me to inform me that they regretted their impatience.
You need to exercise patience to be successful in life. Many young people today just want to start business today and be successful the next day. In whatever you do, do it properly and honestly. And be patient; never give up.
| Travel / Re: Before Applying Or Coming To The Uk For Studies: Beware Of This by dustydee: 11:37am On Oct 12|
Quite an interesting read, I must say. But no mention was made of the 12 months period you mentioned. Plus, why is the 4 months short period complaint prevalent among the grads?
The 12 months includes your study period. You usually get around 16 months student visa.
| Politics / Re: Presidency Hands Over Two Aircrafts To Nigerian Air Force (photos) by dustydee: 2:09pm On Oct 10|
Nice. Oya, critics over to you.
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| Politics / Re: Chidi Odinkalu Mocks DSS Raid On Judges – In 5 Tweets by dustydee: 2:17pm On Oct 09|
It is pathetic that our judiciary have no say in a country who proud themselves as democratically incline nation. After waking up to news of abduction of judges by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), Nigerians have taken to Twitter to denounce what they call Gestapo-style arrests without following due process.
Most of the blame has gone directly to Pres. Muhammadu Buhari whose office is operationally in charge of the DSS. One voice coming loud, clear, and strong is that of the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, who has called the simultaneous sting operation across half a dozen states as “intimidation of the judiciary”.
See tweets from the NHRC boss below…
Seun and Lalasticlala do not know that he is no longer NHRC boss. Nairaland, promoting false information.
| Education / Re: List Of 40 Educational Websites Where You Can Get A Free Education by dustydee: 10:47pm On Oct 06|
nice one. pls recommend one that I can read about project mgt. thanks
Coursera.org. You need a lot of data if you are based in Nigeria because it is mostly video lectures. Finished one PM course a few weeks ago from university of Virginia. If your data is limited, you may try Alison although I haven't really done a PM course with them.
| Education / List Of 40 Educational Websites Where You Can Get A Free Education by dustydee: 6:16pm On Oct 06|
I personally use Coursera.org and Alison.com. Coursera is a very good site. Just google any of the sites listed below.
1. ALISON – over 60 million lessons and records 1.2 million unique visitors per month
2. COURSERA – Educational website that works with universities to get their courses on the Internet, free for you to use. Learn from over 542 courses.
3. The University of Reddit – The free university of Reddit.
4. UDACITY – Advance your education and career through project-based online classes, mainly focused around computer, data science and mathematics.
5. MIT Open CourseWare – Free access to quite a few MIT courses that are on par with what you’d expect from MIT.
6. Open Culture – Compendium of free learning resources, including courses, textbooks, and videos/films.
7. No Excuse List – Huge list of websites to learn from.
8. Open YALE Courses – Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats. Registration is not required
9. Khan Academy – Watch thousands of micro-lectures on topics ranging from history and medicine to chemistry and computer science.
10. Zooniverse – Take part in a huge variety of interesting studies of nature, science, and culture.
11. TUFTS Open CourseWare – Tufts OpenCourseWare is part of a new educational movement initiated by MIT that provides free access to course content for everyone online. Tufts’ course offerings demonstrate the University’s strength in the life sciences in addition to its multidisciplinary approach, international perspective and underlying ethic of service to its local, national and international communities.
12. How Stuff Works? – More scientific lessons and explanations than you could sort through in an entire year.
13. Harvard Medical School Open Courseware - The mission of the Harvard Medical School Open Courseware Initiative is to exchange knowledge from the Harvard community of scholars to other academic institutions, prospective students, and the general public.
14. VideoLectures.NET – the title says it all – amazing video lectures on many topics.
15. TED – Motivational and educational lectures from noteworthy professionals around the world.
16. Shodor – A non-profit research and education organisation dedicated to the advancement of science and math education, specifically trough the use of modeling and simulation technologies. Included in this site are instructional resources, software, interactive lessons, explorations and information about workshops for students, teachers and learners of all ages on mathematics and science. Make sure you check Shodor Interactive – a great collection of interactive math, geometry, fractal, probability, algebra and statistics activities.
17. Udemy FREE Courses – hundreds of experts teach on Udemy every month including New York Times best-selling authors, CEOs, Ivy League professionals and celebrity instructors. Courses include video, live lectures and tools to help teachers interact with students and track their progress. There are many free courses that can teach you business, law, programming, design, mathematics, science, photography, yoga and many more.
18. Maths & Science – Courses, tests and learning materials about mathematics and science for students from 1 to 12 grade.
19. edX.org – Free courses designed specifically for interactive study via the web, provided by MIT, Harvard, Barkley, Georgetown, Boston University, University of Washington, Karolinska Institute, Kyoto University and many more.
20. iTunes U – Apple’s free app that gives students mobile access to many courses. It offers many free video courses, books, presentations and audio lectures.
21. Liberty Classroom – Owned by bestselling author Tom Woods. Offers some free courses in history and economics, but at the price of one movie ticket a month you can gain access to a lot of useful information. Not completely free, but totally worth it…
22. Drawspace – Hundreds of free drawing lessons.
23. Codeacademy – Easy way to learn how to code. It’s interactive, fun and you can do it with your friends.
24. Duke U – Duke offers variety of free courses on iTunesU.
25. Scitable – A free science library and personal learning tool that currently concentrates on genetic, the study of evolution, variation and the rich complexity of living organisms.
26. My own business – Offers free online business administration course that would be beneficial to new managers and to anyone who is interested in starting a business.
27. Kutztown University’s free courses – The Kutztown University of Pennsylvania’s Small Business Development Center offers more than 80 free business courses online. Kutztown’s courses are individualized and self-paced. Many of the courses feature high-end graphics, interactive case studies and audio streams.
28. Open Learn – Gives you free access to Open University course materials.
29. Free Computer Books – Free computer, mathematics, technical books and lecture notes.
30. Academic Earth – Free video lectures from the world’s top scholars.
31. American Sign Language Browser – Teach yourself sign language online
32. BBC Languages – Teach yourself a new spoken language online.
33. unplugthetv – Randomly selects an educational video for you to watch.
34. Lifehacker – Learn to hack life! Tips and tricks for improving all areas of your life.
35. JustinGuitar – Hundreds of free guitar lessons as well as some basic music theory.
36. DuoLingo – Learn a new language for free while helping to translate the web.
37. Layers Magazine – Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, Premiere Pro, In Design and After Effects tutorials.
38. Creative Flow – list of OVER 950 Photoshop tutorials to keep your skillset up to date.
39. Open2study – Open2Study delivers free, high-quality education online. You can study subjects with real value, and in just four weeks you can learn something new, explore the next step in your career, challenge yourself or simply satisfy your curiosity. These subjects are provided by leading Australian institutions, and are taught by academics and leading industry professionals who love to teach. All you need is an internet connection and the desire to study.
40. OEDb – Choose from over 10,000 free online classes
You can also watch free documentaries here.
Please leave a comment with any other good links that you wish to be added to the list, let’s get toge
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| Sports / Re: Ifeanyi Ubah To Unveil Asisat Oshoala As Ambassador For Anambra Women League by dustydee: 1:24pm On Oct 04|
Why not promote the league using the players? It will go a long way in empowering them.
| Jobs/Vacancies / Re: How To Bounce Back From A Bad Job Interview by dustydee: 8:04am On Oct 04|
are you not seeing the source link? please, always think before you say.
If you read my comment you'd see that the link is not the ORIGINAL source. It was copied from another source and credit wasn't given to the original author. Now don't just read but try top comprehend as well. What I expected from you is to say you are not the owner of the blog. If that is the case then you are not at fault here.
| Politics / Re: NAF Helicopter Gunship Destroys Illegal Oil Refineries In Rivers State. See PICS by dustydee: 2:58pm On Oct 03|
| Politics / Re: Evidence Of Peter Obi's Savings in Anambra State by Reno Omokri by dustydee: 2:14pm On Oct 03|
When did handover notes become concrete evidence? I however believe that he saved the said amount.
If we had this at the federal level we wouldn't have to lie about 'investors falling over themselves' to invest in Nigeria!
Could he (Reno) be referring to GEJ's government in this statement?
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| Jobs/Vacancies / Re: How To Bounce Back From A Bad Job Interview by dustydee: 8:36am On Oct 03|
Have you ever left a job interview knowing you completely flopped? Sometimes you probably dealt with it by beating yourself up and putting that opportunity behind you. But walking away from the job or employer with a negative attitude won’t benefit anyone. Note that we’ve all done it: you get asked to interview for a dream job and its all downhill from there. Regardless of what happened and why, all hope is not lost. Here are a few strategies you can use to bounce back and stay on the hiring manager’s radar;
REFLECT ON THE EXPERIENCE
“I talk to many job seekers who believe they have bombed the interview,” Brooks says. “The first thing I do is ask them what went well. It’s important to discover what went well first so that you’re able to look at the negative aspects with a less defeated attitude. I then ask what one thing they would change.” If you have a bad feeling about the way things panned out, identify exactly what went wrong.
EVALUATE THE SITUATION OBJECTIVELY
It’s easy to work yourself into a panic after a bad job interview, but a seemingly catastrophic interview may not be as disastrous as you think. Give yourself some time to unwind after the interview is over. If you start to think about it right after it’s concluded, you’ll only feel more worried. Once you’ve cooled off a bit, it’s time to write out exactly what you think went wrong. This includes points you forget to mention, flubbing your words, or misunderstood questions. When the list is complete, think about the severity of the problems, if you accidentally called the interviewer Matt and he was Mike; move on. It happens. But if you completely forgot to mention relevant job experience, consider a way to correct this.
LEARN FROM IT
“The best thing to do with a bad interview is learn from it,” Brooks adds. Don’t wallow in self-pity or allow the bad interview to be an excuse for not following-up or not interviewing for a while. Instead, ask yourself what you would do differently to prepare next time; figure out what information you should have had that you didn’t and think about how you would handle a difficult question next time.
FIGURE OUT HOW TO PROCEED
If you have contacts within the company, you can talk to them and see if they can get an honest assessment of what happened. They can help you understand the extent of the damage, and may even be able to help you correct the problems. If you don’t have anyone to talk to, follow up directly with the interviewer. Wait at least 24 hours and then write an email or call and clarify some of the errors that you made. Begin the call in a casual tone, and subtly segue into one of the points that make you worried.
KEEP LOOKING FOR A JOB
Lastly, unless you have recently won the lottery, you can’t afford to let this incident end your job search. So keep looking for a job. The best news is that, for most of us, interviews will be a part of our lives for many years. So, the better we become at interviews, the easier our subsequent job searches will be.
My name is [okeke chukwudi victor]. I am a sales agent with Patrick Okunima & Associates (Professional CV Writers).
Why don't you put the direct link you copied it from? Later you'd be accusing the president of plagiarism. What you did above is stealing, you could have at least given credit to the original author.
| Jobs/Vacancies / Re: Why Is My Own Different by dustydee: 4:12pm On Sep 29|
Do not despair. you need to encourage yourself and have a positive attitude and outlook. Do not push your friends away. Call them and let them know you need a job. They'll have you in mind when there's an opening. You also need to go and apologise to your father if you offended him. It doe not mean you have to move back into his house. Also have your CV ready and in the course of your job you can strike a conversation with visitors to your place of work and maybe someone will be willing to help. Have you tried teaching? You can earn a decent living if you work hard tutoring students and pupils.
| Politics / Re: Recession: FG Recants, To Dump Assets Sale Proposal- Lai Mohammed by dustydee: 8:21am On Sep 29|
Another day another policy somersault!
These guys sef.........make up your minds na!
Which policy? and what is the somersault?
| Politics / Re: Recession: FG Recants, To Dump Assets Sale Proposal- Lai Mohammed by dustydee: 8:11am On Sep 29|
journalism is dead
However, speaking to State House correspondents, the minister of information said that, so far, all the reports were still in the realm of speculation as the federal government had not officially made its decision known on the matter.
True. The FG has not specifically mentioned which assets it intends to sell.
Mohammed said: “What the government will do is to reflate the economy; everything you have heard so far is just suggestion , until the government makes its position known.
True, unfortunately people went to town with their own version of the story. How does an idea equate to a policy when it has not been agreed and adopted by parties involved?
“All these assets sale, assets leasing, whatever is being bandied about, they are nothing but speculations. The government is yet to come out with its position on how to bail out the economy
Now how does putting the record straight amount to recanting? And did Mr Muhammed say the government will not sell any assets? He simply said that assets sale is only an idea and no definitive decision has been made and certainly the assets to be sold, if any, have not been made public and so what you have in the media is mere speculation. Crap journalism.
| Travel / Re: Nigerian Students In The Uk How Do You Survive? by dustydee: 1:21pm On Sep 22|
Hello everyone, please I need your help with some information.
1. How do you and most people you know send money to Nigeria (if online, what's the website)
2. What is the rate at this time or last time you sent money
3. Considering below data, what rate do you think should be ideal
--official rate: 409
--black market rate: 550
--western union: 430
--worldremit, azimo: 437
Rates have reduced since they had issues with CBN.
try dttcl.com or ping-express.com
| Foreign Affairs / Re: Hillary Clinton Collapses At 9/11 Ceremony, Rushed Out In Ambulance by dustydee: 5:49pm On Sep 12|
Swung and his nairaland moderators: spreading falsehood since time imo river. Where is the ambulance?
| Crime / Re: 7 Strange Laws In The Nigerian Constitution That Could Land You In Jail by dustydee: 4:43pm On Sep 10|
Do nairaland moderators know the meaning of constitution? Spreading ignorance everyday. Are these not laws enacted either by the NA or the military?
| Politics / Re: Why Nigeria Was Progressing Under Jonathan - Ben Bruce by dustydee: 9:34am On Sep 08|
Is it the same GEJ that was always blaming the military and the past administrations? He always blamed the past government especially for our electricity and road infrastructure projects.
| Travel / Re: Nigerian Students In The Uk How Do You Survive? by dustydee: 1:31pm On Sep 06|
Ok. Thank you. But is there any other way one can get interest or something of sort from one's deposit?
That's the interest rate, it just too low.
| Travel / Re: Nigerian Students In The Uk How Do You Survive? by dustydee: 11:49am On Sep 06|
Please does anyone know how fixed deposit works in the UK? The interest rate, minimum amount to start with and if a non-citizen can fix money there?
cc: justwise, olowoB, Claremont, and all.
The highest you are probably going to get is about 4%, and even that is not guaranteed. Most banks offer savings rates below 1%.
| Travel / Re: Before Applying Or Coming To The Uk For Studies: Beware Of This by dustydee: 1:47pm On Sep 02|
plz, that's a subjective view of the writer and her opinion can't be generalised as regards the immigration policies of the UK, though she is in the rubric of the luckiest few fortunate to get a good job; regardless it's not a guarantee that everybody else would settle down, talk less of getting a job but one can only be hopeful that luck and fate work in one's favour.
She shared her experience. Some may agree some may not.
| Travel / Re: Before Applying Or Coming To The Uk For Studies: Beware Of This by dustydee: 9:22am On Sep 02|
Here's something worth reading. I hear people say the UK gives you only 4 months to look for a job when in fact it is 12 months + additional 4 months after your studies.
I came to study the MSc in Finance course at the London School of Economics. Found an internship at an investment bank and then started as a Grad the same year. Its been four years since I moved to London and three years since I started work. I'll try to answer this as best as I can. Yes, opportunities are not what they used to be since the PSW was ended. But I suggest people get the chip off of their shoulders. Stop thinking that any country out there owes you a job. I certainly did not come here with that sort of attitude. The LSE did not force me to take up this Masters, I knew the risks all too well. I came anyway. What I did do was give it my best shot. I did not go out partying every night. I did not fly back to my parents at the drop of a hat. I worked on my applications, worked on my interviews, I got lots of rejections, lots of interviews and with every rejection I picked myself back up again and tried harder.
In my four years here I couldn't ask for more. As a woman the freedom this city gives you is amazing. In all those years I've never been groped or inappropriately touched even once. I have never faced a hint of racism and neither have any of my friends from India. They all love it here and although most went back, they went back with fond memories and made friends the world over. My family lives in New York and I'd pick London over New York any day of the week. My sister whose a New Yorker even admits the same when it comes to things like safety and public transport.
All that said, I do think the UK missions to India to try and recruit Indian students are not being completely honest. They're painting a rosy picture which isn't even close to what the ground reality is. Getting a Tier 2 is harder than they're making it out to be. The £25k salary threshold is just the minimum and depends on the sector you're applying in. Only a select number of firms have a sponsorship license. There is a growing tide of anti immigration tendencies in this country owing to how wrong the Labour government got it a decade ago and people aren't happy because they immigrants the Labour government brought over have no respect for this country or its values. That's the reason the Conservatives got voted into power. And like all countries, they're responsible to their voters first.
I also think that most non EU students get swept up in the glitz and glamour of London. When I was at uni, the same people who went back and cried about racism and not being given jobs were the ones I saw partying every night in a new nightclub and spending over a £100 without thinking about the fact that they have a massive loan to pay off. I knew a girl from India whose parents took out a huge loan to send her to the LSE. Even though I offered to help her find a job, she refused and was out partying with her bf and friends every night, she decided to stay in the most expensive area in London where rents are as high as £2k for a room and when she went back she blamed racism even though I never saw her lift a finger to find a job. She only started applying during her last month in the UK. She wasn't the only one who was like that, most were like her.
People who wanted to find jobs, found them. They planned, they worked hard, they attended interviews throughout the year. They basically gave it their best and today they're in one of the best cities in the world. I'm set to move to Germany eventually because my boyfriend's German and we've decided to marry and settle there. But I dread everyday when the time comes to leave this amazing wonderful country and its people. No country on earth is more tolerant towards different people than this one. I can guarantee you that as someone whose travelled all three continents extensively.