We came across the terminology “Level Up” when this year singer Ciara made a reference to her ex beau Future. But wait, that’s not what this all about. How do you grow, scale your business and learn? LEVEL UP is just 3 days away and it would be a shame to miss out on an experience and of course opportunity to chat with trailblazers, seasoned pros and senior creatives in the fashion/arts industry.
Have you heard about our Mentoring Scheme? Great! We’re holding our second Speed Mentoring Night in Lagos to once again get you up close and personal with the very best in the business. So whether or not you are part of our mentoring cohort you still get a chance to be mentored in a fun and relaxed setting. This is organised by The Assembly Hub.
Level Up will have individuals within Fashion, Visual Arts, TV, Publishing, PR, Advertising or Creative Direction. Despite the stage you are in your career or business, don’t miss this opportunity to build on the progress you’ve made so far. See who is attending below.
You’ve got the job interview, now what? and it’s perhaps your dream job or even a job experience that may help you make ends meet. When it comes to landing the job of your dreams, there are so many ways you can go wrong in your efforts – including deciding on the right career path.
Though Nigeria is facing very difficult economic issues, don’t give up on your goal to achieve your dream job. You may not be like this Nigerian-French bag designer Isabelle Ugochukwu of Isabella Queen, who recently revealed she worked at the age of 11 for free but you can still learn from some of the tips we’ve got here on snagging that role you have much dreamed of.
Whether you’re just out of school or looking for a better deal with another company, landing an interview takes work. Once you’ve earned that interview, you don’t want to mess it up.
These eight top tips will help prepare you for a job interview like a pro you are:
Anticipate interview questions and prepare answers.
Background; familiarity with the field/industry; your functionality and competency for key aspects of the job; your style and personality; and how you see your future are five major questions you should expect and most certainly consider. It’s helpful to think about the questions the hiring manager might ask and prepare how you could respond.
Prepare questions for the employer.
Questions are accepted! Good and well-articulated questions indicate to hiring managers that you know what you’re talking about and that you can communicate properly. Consider asking questions about the character of the company; the history, nature and future prospect of the open position; and the department.
Conduct practice interviews.
Practice makes perfect. The more you do something, the easier it gets, and practice runs will not only help your interview performance but also help you consider further the content or substance of the discussion. Conduct mock interviews with someone you trust – close friends and family can make things easier. And when you get to the interview, remember to be yourself and don’t be afraid to show your personality. Companies hire real people, not robots.
Prepare to answer the toughest interview questions.
One of the hardest questions to answer is “What’s your biggest weakness?” For interviewers, how you answer this offers insight into your level of self-awareness; how you handle obstacles; and how much you know about the position. Also consider your strengths while speaking of your weaknesses.
Practice watching the hiring manager’s nonverbal cues for important clues.
Your body language speaks volumes. Facial expression, eye contact, posture and gestures tend to work together for an overall impression. What are these cues telling you? The answer could help you overcome challenging moments in the interview. The more you practise the more you notice some of the expressions that are inappropriate while conducting interviews. Learn to avoid them.
Learn to close the interview with class.
You can do just about everything right and miss a key point: Don’t forget to ask the hiring manager about the next step in the interview process! When friends ask whether or not you got the job, how would you know what to say if an interviewer doesn’t tell you what’s next and you never ask?
Ensure all documents are ready for the interview.
Preparation is key to success. It’s better to have documents and not need them than vice versa. Have multiple copies of your resume and reference list with you. Recommendation letters may not be required, but they’re good “leave behind” documents. Include the job description, portfolio of your work, paper and pen.
Dress for positive impact.
What we really mean is: dress for success! The dot-com era ushered in a more casual approach, but the recession brought back a more “dress for success” style. Dress appropriately for the position of your dream and also the geography. Certainly in a very hot weather, a thicker jacket or blazer may cause discomfort and that’s not what we wish for. Dress smart but comfortable and most importantly, match your attire with the image of the company.
We love reading and celebrating African success stories. This time around, it’s the incredible story of a child soldier that now works in Sydney as an accomplished lawyer. His story made waves on the web as his former university decided to share his story to the world through a You Tube video.
Meet Deng Thiak Adut, a young African man who has made the journey from child soldier to refugee lawyer and is now making a difference in Australia.
At just six-years-old, he was kidnapped from his mother and forced to fight as a child soldier. Like the war trauma wasn’t enough he was even shot in the back as he tried to escape.
Trained to use an AK-47, Deng Thiak Adut was wounded on at least two occasions. In 1998, his story took another turn, he was smuggled out of Sudan into Kenya in a truck before making it to Australia, with the help and encouragement of his half-brother, John.
In 2012 he made his way back home in Sudan where found his aging mother, who had not left the very home where her family was so tragically split many decades ago.
“What was there was my old mother … waiting for me, I didn’t recognise her,” he recalled.
“Somehow she recognised me, maybe because I was different, I looked more like a westerner.”
Australia is home now, and while he has come a long way already, he knows there is more to do.
Learning is a marathon, you’ve got to take it slowly, you’ve got to take time to get there and it shouldn’t be rushed.
– Deng Thiak Adut
“A friend of mine told me before that learning is a marathon, you’ve got to take it slowly, you’ve got to take time to get there and it shouldn’t be rushed,” he said.
“I think that is one of the things, the last thing now in my life is that I shouldn’t be rushing.”
Deng Thiak Adut now works in western Sydney as a lawyer where he specialises in helping refugees by ensuring that Sudanese refugees have legal advice and support they need before entering the court system.
This is a remarkable achievement for a man who was unable to read until he taught himself to read and write English at 15-years-old, newly arrived in Australia.
Mr Adut made a living by working at a service station, and taught himself how to read and speak English.
He then enrolled at TAFE and completed an Advanced Accounting Diploma.
In 2005, he enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws at the Western Sydney University and became the first in his family to graduate from university.
The word of his quiet but extraordinary achievements have suddenly spread far and wide after his alma mater, Western Sydney University, posted a video telling his story.
“I put the video up as a form of telling everyone that no matter how many journeys, how many problems, how many obstacles you have in your way, you have to acknowledge that your disadvantage is not entirely your disadvantage,” Mr Adut tells a Sydney TV station.
“It could be your advantage if you followed a way with the right ingredients or the right training or the right kind of people.”
Within a week over 400,000 people had watched the video. We got it for you. Check out the video telling Deng Thiak Adut’s story.
Photo: Western Sydney University
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