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|Career / Re: How Much Was Your First Salary? by Jarus(m): 4:47pm On May 17|
dearestsewa: Hi everyone, I am a fresh graduate. I believe in earning nothing less than 6digits of naira at my 1st job. My friends on the one hand say that I should start smwhere evn if it's small bt my parents say that I shd wait 4d job dat wl put an end 2our poverty. I dnt knw whch advice 2follow bt I thot sharing your first remuneratn wt me might help. Thanks- confused NLander.
Bros, start somewhere, even if it's 5-digit, especially given that it doesn't appear you are from a rich home.
Although I also set a standard that I wont take any job less than 100k (i.e 6-digit) when I started work, it was because I knew I would have options, given, in all humility, my certificates.
My first real salary (not pre-NYSC and all that) was 163k per month. To God be the glory, five years later, I earn almost five times that.
|Politics / Re: Sanusi Undergoes Secret Surgery In France - LEGISREPORTS by Jarus(m): 3:27pm On May 17|
princemolak: But This Same Guy Just delivered a lecture yesterdai in lagos while a book was being launchd,am nt believing this untill i see it on sahara reporters.
It is true.
|Nairaland / General / Re: Sexkillz Inherits Ikenna351's Anti-Tribalism War by Jarus(m): 2:04pm On May 17|
sexkillz: Seun saw my username and looked beyond it when me made me a mod in Romance section. The same user name was mod of the year 2012. The username is moderating 4 sections on Nairaland.
No P. All the best bro.
|Nairaland / General / Re: Sexkillz Inherits Ikenna351's Anti-Tribalism War by Jarus(m): 1:56pm On May 17|
Welcome on board, SK.
You are thick-skinned, so I believe you should be able to cope. You are also obviously detribalized and dont have a problem mixing with anybody ireespective of affiliations and persuasions. Your organizational skills is also great (you should be able to continue with my initiatives - debates etc - although I understand your primary assignment is to fight tribalism)
I however think a change in username will give a better impression for a section like politics. It is possible. I asked Seun to change my username in 2009 and he did, retaining my posts under my old ID.
|Health / Re: Common Medical Fallacies by Jarus(m): 1:53pm On May 17|
shadrach77: i know one that normally works - they say if a baby is having hiccups, put a thread on his/her head. When i was young i saw many mothers try this and it works! Can anybody explain the rational behind this
I can't believe we still do this for my baby
|Health / Re: Common Medical Fallacies by Jarus(m): 1:11pm On May 17|
eating fish eye makes you dull.
|Politics / Re: Updates On Daura Attack By Gunmen From A Nairalander by Jarus(m): 12:52pm On May 17|
13volts: All three police stations burnt down in Daura, including the Area Command
This is war. There is war in Nigeria already.
|Politics / Re: Let's Have Your Complaints, Suggestions & Enquiries Here by Jarus(m): 12:34pm On May 17|
Bros, I be MOD EMERITUS nah. I don pass mod now.
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|Politics / Re: Let's Have Your Complaints, Suggestions & Enquiries Here by Jarus(m): 12:22pm On May 17|
I was on that seat for two and half years and this is the truth:
1, Tribalism may never be stopped, whether by soft or hard approach. That is the bitter truth. I set it out as an agenda in 2010 when I was made a Mod, but I later came to the realization it may never be stopped. After all, pick a Nigerian newspaper on a typical day and read the headlines: "North declares war on GEJ", "Dokubo threatens to make Nigeria ungovernable is his Ijaw kinsman is not re-elected", "Yorubas present agenda" etc. I'm not saying mods should not try (in fact, it is their primary duty to make this place hell for tribal warriors), but totally eradicating it is impossible. That was my lesson.
2, A mod, like any leader, can never be totally popular.
3, I don't think a mod will deliberately tilt the forum in favour of any interest. I honestly don't think so. But people will always read sectional meanings to whatever he does. When I was on the seat, Desola was accusing me of being anti-Yoruba, the Igbos were accusing me of frolicking with Yorubas and protecting their interest. All these are lies, but they never worried me, because the contradiction in the accusations is enough vindication. A good mod, having satisfied himself that he is doing his job fairly, should not bother about those kinds of accusations. They are part of the job.
|European Football (EPL, UEFA, La Liga) / Re: David Beckham Retires From Football by Jarus(m): 11:28am On May 17|
kene_slow: I'd put Ryan Giggs ahead of him in the wing department. Guys like Arjen Robben also featured in the EPL at one point remember?
Arjen wasn't spectacular in EPL, no thanks to injury.
|Politics / Re: Sanusi Undergoes Secret Surgery In France - LEGISREPORTS by Jarus(m): 9:05am On May 17|
The CBN governor is not the president or a state governor. He doesn't have to announce to the whole world he is going on medical leave, moreso when it's just for a few days.
In any case, if he wanted to hide it, he would not have allowed a picture of him in hospital taken. There is one on the internet where he was seeing off Kano state governor who visited him in the hospital.
At the risk of committing name-dropping, I am also aware as he told me he was on medical leave abroad, without asking, when I contacted him for something else last week. I don't think he has anything to hide about going on medical leave.
Visiting hospital abroad? Now that is debatable. But I don't think the CBN governor is the right person to get Nigerian hospitals functioning well.
|Celebrities / Re: Rita Dominic Is The Most Stylish African Actress by Jarus(m): 6:34pm On May 16|
|European Football (EPL, UEFA, La Liga) / Re: David Beckham Retires From Football by Jarus(m): 6:05pm On May 16|
I used to say he was overrated. But in hindsight, he wasn't actually overrated. At least nobody ever said he was the best player on planet.
I think he was a great player.
In my books, he was:
England's best footballer in the last 15 years
EPL's best deadball specialist ever
Second to CR7 as best winger the game has seen in the last 15 years
I know he is overhyped, but nobody ever said he was the best football player, the hype comes from the looks and all those off-field activities, which are not my business
|Career / Re: Your Experience With Female Bosses by Jarus(m): 5:01pm On May 16|
|Career / Re: Your Experience With Female Bosses by Jarus(m): 2:07pm On May 16|
This is my third employment.
First one, female boss
Second one, male boss
Third and current, female boss.
I have been fortunate to have nice bosses in all the three places.
Both female bosses I have had are ok.
But as a general observation, female bosses are either extremely nice/good/fantastic or extremely opposite (difficult, hostile etc).
Male are usually in-between.
|Literature/Writing / Re: 4 Nigerians Shortlisted For 14th Caine Prize Award. by Jarus(m): 10:19am On May 16|
This Elnathan John is one funny dude.
His blog cracks me up:
From his profile:
Elnathan is a writer who trained as a lawyer. Although he is routinely called a journalist, he rejects this title, preferring instead to be called a writer. His works have appeared in ZAM Magazine International, Otis Nebula, Per Contra, and Evergreen Review in addition to numerous Nigerian publications and newspapers. He writes a column for Sunday Trust. He has not won anything. The South African government recently truncated his plans to attend the prestigious Caine Prize Writing workshop to which he was invited. He holds no grudges. In 2008 he hastily self-published an embarrassing collection of short stories which has since gone out of print. He hopes to never repeat that mistake. He has just completed work on a new collection of short stories and is working on a novel. Nobody seems to want to publish his new collection of short stories. This puzzles him. He really loves those stories. Elnathan is touchy about his skin and man bosoms and isn't bold enough to grow hair. One of his new goals is getting to a weight below his current 100kg that will not warrant totally changing his wardrobe. He hopes to start a family comprising a partner, no kids and two hairy pets
To his latest blog posts:
Ps. 2. So, I woke up on Friday to find that, (whether due to a virus on her phone, touch screen error, mistaken identity or simply a long night out with the wrong kind of friends and drinks) Rita Dominic of Nollywood started following me on Twitter. At the time of publication, the lovely Nollywood star had not yet realized her error. I have thought deeply about the larger implications of this and the consequences thereof:
The guy funny die
Congrats to him on his Caine nomination
|Investment / Re: The Best Firm For Pension Fund - Please Advise by Jarus(m): 10:00am On May 14|
I use StanbicIBTC and 85% of staff in all companies i have worked for also use them. I get my notifications and statements regularly. They also have responsive customer service.
|Travel / Re: Free Things On Planes You Didn't Know You Could Get by Jarus(m): 6:10pm On May 11|
I take ear pieces without dropping
I go with magazines (if I see it is your copy in it e.g KLM)
Sometimes I go with the body cover (blanket)
I also go with eye cover (abi wetin be that thing wey Qatar and few others dey give to cover your eyes when sleeping)
Of course, all are legal.
|TV/Movies / Re: MTN 'I Don Port" Dance Contest Entries - Top 5 by Jarus(m): 6:01pm On May 11|
No 3 is my best.
|Career / Is Dropping Hard Copies Of Cvs In Offices Still Helpful? by Jarus(m): 11:53pm On May 10|
Kudos for a job well done. Your blog site is one of the best I have ever seen.
I can see you are more experienced in terms of career and life pursuit. My question is: I intend going to some organisations, especially few banks to submit my CV in hard copy. How do you think I should address this issue when I get there because I know nobody/insider. Do you think I should just walk down to the customer care and tell them politely of my intention or can I get to see the HR of the bank?
Please I have had these thoughts up my mind ever since and I need a very precise and workable strategy.
God bless you as you take your time to reply.
I don’t know the exact role you want to apply for. Your qualifications could have also given me clue. Are you a graduate? Or an ND holder?
Still, the truth is, we have gone past hard copy CV era, especially for skilled jobs – those that require you to have certain level of formal education and training. For unskilled positions like cleaners and semi-skilled ones like office assistants, maybe hard copy of CV are still acceptable.
Today, most organizations either ask you to fill some forms online or ask you to email soft copies of your CV to a designated email address. I doubt dropping hard copies of CVs (except expressly called for) is fashionable again. Most of those CVs end up in guguru seller’s shop.
So if your intention is to apply for jobs that would normally be required of a graduate, then I’m not sure dropping hard copies of CVs around can help (it used to, few years back). But if it’s for some clerical or unskilled jobs (office assistants, drivers etc), maybe dropping CVs can help.
The other issue is, bank branches usually don’t have power to hire. The hiring decision is taken from the head office (or sometimes regional office). So I don’t think the man at the branch office will be able to help you with your hard CV.
My advice: subscribe to job websites and surf the internet for openings that you are qualified for. Here is an ongoing bulk teller recruitment for a bank, if you qualify: Bulk Tellers Recruitment
While banks are not likely to recruit for skilled positions through hard copy CVs, some small firms like ‘Jarus & co’ may do. So there may not be anything wrong in trying those ones, if you must circulate hard copies of your CV.
You may also try networking with insiders in companies to help pass on soft copies of your CV to the HR (CVs submitted by insiders usually carry a little hope, because the insider knows the right person to drop it with). Bank branches don’t have HR department, so the maximum the officer you meet at the branch (irrespective of department) can do for you is to help forward your CV (in soft copy, by email) to the HR department or any other top guy that can pull some weight. But while networking, be careful not to be taken advantage of, as a lady. You know what I mean.
All the best.
|NYSC / Re: Four Corpers Docked For Noise Making by Jarus(m): 10:29am On May 10|
All these kind of stories always happen in Ibadan
Other typical Ibadan news:
Mother of 5 files divorce because husband's thing is too small
Carpentar sleeps with neighbour's wife
I wonder whether Ibadan courts no get job
|Celebrities / Re: Vast Of Bracket Diagnosed With Lymphoma (Cancer Of The Blood) by Jarus(m): 12:51am On May 10|
Wishing him speedy recovery.
Threads like this should have learning points as well.
Can someone enlighten us on causes and symptoms of lymphoma?
|Business / Re: Things A Man Must Have Before 40. by Jarus(m): 9:55am On May 09|
1. Drivers License - yes
2. Personal Cheque Book - yes
3. A Billionaire Friend - No
4. Personal Savings - yes
5. Wife - yes
6. International Passport - yes
7. Car - yes
8. Land - yes
9. HNI Club Membership - No
10. Registered Company - yes
|Career / With His 2:2, How Can He Become An Investment Banker? by Jarus(m): 9:38am On May 09|
I graduated from the department of Economics, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), with Second Class lower (3.42/5.00), 2013. I got this as a result of my multi-tasking without proper planning as I started on a good ground; holding first class at my part 1.
I am presently in a state of dilemma because I have always wanted to be an investment banker and knowing that no IB will employ a Second Class Lower. Nevertheless, I am currently an ACCA student at the qualification stage; and also intend starting Masters in Finance (UNILAG) immediately after my NYSC service year; with a plan of enrolling for CFA during my course year as a Masters student ( perhaps some of the courses will be relevant for CFA); so I can leverage on the knowledge gained in school, tutorials and the likes.
Sir, I need you to scrutinise these plans, tell me where I have made wrong assumptions and the way forward as well as advise me.
Thank you for the good gesture, may the Lord reward you. I look forward to invaluable advice for the web/conglomerate of analysts (JAC).
PS: Those profile up there did not only inspire me but also intimidated me, sir; I must say, it instigated in me the desire to work hard/smart; sir!
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|Education / God Will Never Forgive My Teachers! by Jarus(m): 8:55am On May 09|
By Sola Fagorusi
"God will never forgive my teachers who taught me that the word ‘artiste’ refers to a female artist. Today, I had to pay hugely for arguing blindly with friends…. Crying, not for how much I spent, but for the shame…."
– Emeka Nwosu E.
When around 10pm yesterday, I chanced on Emeka’s status post on Facebook, I called a friend, read out the status and we shared a decent laugh while trying to imagine what exactly may have happened in Emeka’s case. My friend was magnanimous enough to also share similar errors. Fela Anikulapo-Kuti is dead but living enchantingly is his expression and 1986 track – Teacher don’t teach me nonsense. As for Emeka, it was apparent his teachers whom he poured vituperations on had taught him rubbish!
My generation is one of the last that witnessed a sane post-primary public educational system. Sane here is used comparatively. The public education system had its last fall around the year 2000 and it has since not been helped back on its feet 13 years after. This week’s news from the desk of Professor Dibu Ojerinde, the man who calls the shot from the Suleja Road, Bwari Head Office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board is enough to rouse any sincere government into a day or two of unfathomable mourning.
Nothing, in my judgement is worse than one seeing his or her future being frittered away under preventable circumstances. It’s like a father watching all his children pouched skilfully by death. But this is debatably the case with Nigeria. There is a fast decent of the educational system into a calamity of catholic dimension and the major stakeholder – government, seems disconcerted.
The Professor of Test and Measurement and former Registrar of National Examination Council, NECO had informed all in summary that about 1.6 million people applied for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination with only 10 scoring above 300 marks out of the possible 400 and about 127,000 scored less than 200 marks. The last West African Examination Council organised General Certificate Examination, GCE is no different with only about 38% obtaining credit in 5 subjects, Mathematics and English inclusive.
Whoever says we are sitting on a keg of gun power may not be telling us the truth. The real situation is that we have a fully loaded and properly serviced gun on our heads with our hands fidgety on the trigger. What kind of nation pays lips service to education, if not one ready to sell its future for a pot of porridge? The effect of the Universal Basic Education remains to be seen despite the billions pumped into it.
It’s instructive that the generation of leaders we have today are all products of the public school system. The biographies, autobiographies and memoirs of the Odimegwu Ojukwus, Ayo Rosijis, Nuhu Ribadus, Chinua Achebes, Ajibola Iges and Akinwande Soyinkas are replete with accounts of how rich the public education system was. School then was a melting pot for different cultures and ideas. Back in my secondary school days, I cannot remember knowing that my classmates were from different parts of the country or that one’s father was richer or poorer than the other. There was no social caste in the learning process. Sadly, the better part of the period I reference was under military leadership.
The massive failure we currently witness in national examination would be child’s play if this is not arrested with deeply pragmatic measures. I recall the quality of teachers that were available then. My biology teacher, Wole Oniyide of blessed memory stood out. He taught us beyond biology. He taught us how to live. I remember my dedicated and elderly chemistry teacher, Mrs Maduka and one of my English teachers, Mr. Biodun – the one we call ‘Paddin’ Scallywag and Nincompoop as those were his words on erring students. Deaconess Adebule, T.O, our no nonsense principal is not one you forget in a hurry.
Education, the sound type is the only hope the child of the poor man has to a good life. It’s the least the government can give all. The current system where teachers in public school are those who have tried every other option but failed and opted for teaching will take us nowhere. A system where teachers are poorly remunerated and paid late is not in the interest of the students.
A society that cares less about school infrastructure and welfare of students but is ready to build mansions and feed annually with a billion naira would never likely have a bright future. A society where quality education is now available almost only in private schools and expensive ones at that is not ready to be called a developed country. One look at the curriculum, teachings and methods of some private schools and you will know the interest is solely money making.
While observing the compulsory National Youth Service Corps programme in a government establishment in the North; in company of a friend, I administered a private home tutorial service and our method was to recruit other capable corps members on request for our clientele. I recall an instance. We had coached a student for the General Certificate Examination. She saw the result and could not interpret all. She promptly sent me a text. ‘Sir, I have seen my result, what is B? This was about 9 years after the examination body had reviewed A2 and A3 grades to B2 and B3 respectively. I wondered at her method of preparation without a grade in mind.
I also noticed that parents were only interested in results. The process counted for nothing for them. Once school session was over, we were out of business. That parents conspire to help their children pass examinations dishonourably brings tears to the eyes. The drudgery of everyday living and the materialism fad has made it almost impossible for parents to be around to complement teachers’ effort. Let me not attempt a review of the educational system in the North here where corps members in some places become principals and vice principals and most students in secondary classes cannot communicate in the basest English form.
Unfortunately again, we live in the ICT age where television no longer resumes at 4pm but is a 24 hours affair. Video games and all forms of distractions are available to compete with the student’s time as well. We seem done for and it would be a miracle if at this pace, we do not record only one student scoring above 300 in subsequent JAMB examinations.
Education was lovely in the late 90’s. I have heard more astounding testimony of those who witnessed the landscape much earlier. There were also a thousand and one competitions to aspire to. The Bournvita Brain Match convened by Cadbury was one of such and a number of us cut our teeth in oratory there, not to forget the Close-up Essay Writing competition then. There were also the after school lessons, some free, some affordable and it allowed students from different schools meet and size up ourselves. You became an impromptu if you stood out in the mock exams, students of Adams Tutorial can bear me witness! Those from the legendary Sir K’s tutorial in Bariga axis for students from as far as Akoka would also agree. Today, the priorities have changed.
The multinationals would rather sponsor show-biz related programmes as their Corporate Social Responsibility. I guess they are following the body language of the government. Let it be said that no nation becomes developed by entertainment. They are secondary matters. The few educational ones available have been yanked off air. Where’s the Zain Africa Challenge again? No one to ‘port’ it? There is practically nothing for our young people to look up to except entertainment in form of music and football! It’s 12:56 am on Wednesday morning and as I cross the t’s and dot the i’s of this article, the television is muted and the National Television Authority is busy showing a quiz competition for post primary school students. I wonder who the target audience is!
Let’s not forget that out of this population failing UTME today would emerge teachers of tomorrow, perhaps, the Emekas of the future would hunt and charge their teachers to court if this Tsunami continues to hit on our educational system.
|Music/Radio / Re: Davido And Dbanj Are Fuji Artistes - Adewale Ayuba by Jarus(m): 12:54pm On May 07|
9ice was an apala singer
|Jobs/Vacancies / Re: Thank God For Me, Re-hired By My Former Bank by Jarus(m): 12:32am On May 07|
I tire o my brother. But these 'self-employment' theorists know how to come and borrow 5k from you salaried worker.
I don't have any problem with entrepreneurship/self-employment advocacy but they should stop demonizing salaried jobs. Not everyone is cut out for the risks involved pls. I can become CEO of an oil company with my employment, leave me alone. Don't turn me into pure water 'entrepreneur'.
|Education / Re: What If There Were No Exams In Schools? by Jarus(m): 12:20am On May 07|
Tolexander: If there were no exams?
So u be Great Ife too.
I don't think it's for exams that Seun left OAU. Seun comes acroos to me as too good to fail/fear exams.
|Jobs/Vacancies / Re: KPMG Vacancy: Head Of Tax & Corporate Finance Analyst by Jarus(m): 12:15am On May 07|
omiobo: KPMG!!!!yey! Their test and interview na die
LOL. Dem don hit you?
Admitwithschola: A Lagos based financial institution requires the services of two BOND/FIXED INCOME TRADERS. The Personnel Officer has since been on my neck to help them find somebody. This was after several adverts on the Internet with close to 1000 CVs but none with the required skill and experience..
I have a friend with the qualification and experience you're looking for, but defnitely won't take 6m. Not sure he will take triple that sef.
|Career / Re: Welcome To My Office by Jarus(m): 8:33am On May 06|
Good to hear from you again, Cecegorz.
A job grading and restructuring exercise took place here, and, fortunately, I turned out to be one of the biggest gainers - my job was graded higher, and that resulted in 50% payrise.
It's one year now that I moved here and it was a great decision for me. I've learnt much more in my specialization in the last one year and what I just realized you think you know everything until you move to another place. The challenges are more, and every challenge assailed, one gets better for it.
|Politics / Re: Pini Jason, A Nigerian Pundit, Is Dead by Jarus(m): 3:20pm On May 05|
Died couple of weeks later. That was his last public outing.
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