A post from a Twitter user saying that he was jobless and ready to accept a GHC700-salary job, prompted Lemuel Nsiah-Kusi, a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to share his touching story in a series of tweets.
Lemuel, who graduated from KNUST with a degree in Development, in his series of tweets, shared the story of how he took up a job as a cleaner for 6 months before he finally got something close to his dream job! His tweets caught the attention of lifestyle blogger, Naa Oyoo Quartey, who arranged a meeting with Lemuel to get more insight into his story of perseverance and hard work.
Here are some highlights: Lemuel completed his National Service at SSNIT in 2014 and found himself at home and felt uneasy after almost 2 months of doing nothing.
“During the period of September to November, I had put in about 70 applications to several organizations but nothing positive came out of them. I emailed some soft copies to family friends and I went personally to some organizations to submit hard copies. My parents were also asking their friends for any openings and assistance. My parents would go to work and I would be left alone and when they returned home they would inquire about my day and if I had had any success with any of the applications. I would reply in the negative. My Dad for one was very confident that I would get a job after school because of his strong network connections. That actually didn’t work.”
According to him, Development Planning is interdisciplinary which makes it flexible to work anywhere, and so he was ready to start out to gain experience to enable him branch out into his area of interest. So he started looking for jobs from all angles. “One time I was close to getting a marketing job at an IT company. I passed the first round after convincing the panelists that I was good with people. It was a strength I could use to get customers to buy their product. I however didn’t make it through to the second round.”
After many disappointments, Lemuel started losing hope during that dreadful waiting period. His parents couldn’t understand why he was stressing as others before him had to wait a year or two before getting jobs. Finally hope came, but it was not what Lemuel expected when his dad’s friend who was in the real estate industry as a facility management service provider asked him to come see her.
“So I dressed up immaculately because my mother always advised me to be mindful of how I dressed irrespective of where I went. I wore a tie with my long sleeves shirt and made sure my shoes were well polished. I gave her my resume after I sat down in her office. I have always done internships during vacation periods, which over the period made my cv quite interesting for a first-degree holder. I had done several stints as a sales rep after JSS, SHS and even in the University, I interned in several companies and hotels. So after she perused my resume, she said, ‘I have an opening in cleaning if you are interested’. My initial thought was, ‘Did you not see my CV?’ This was what I asked in my mind not out loud. Was she joking? I realized she was serious so I asked for some time to think about it. Even though she Okayed my request, she reminded me not to keep long because the position could soon be filled.”
When he went home and told his Dad what happened, his father was shocked. But after some initial hesitation, Lemuel shocked his father when he decided to accept the job offer. He started the cleaning job by first going for cleaning training at the cleaning company to understand the basics of how to clean effectively.
“I learnt how to measure the various detergents, how to clean windows, which equipment to use etc. The training took place at the Barclays Club House because my employer had a contract with the bank to clean some of their branches in Accra. I met another KNUST graduate who worked as an Operations Manager in this same cleaning company. He also faced a similar dilemma of not finding a job after school and ended up in this role in the cleaning company. For us, this wasn’t the end. It was a means to an end and that was the advice he gave to me on the first day of the job. That’s what got me running because I realized I wasn’t alone in this.”
The cleaning was not as easy as it sounds, and soon Lemuel was moved to be with the team which cleaned the NHIA office , where he was also in search of miracle because the office was a good place to work.
“It was challenging. I had to leave home at 4:30am everyday because the NHIA office opens at 8am and I had to commute from West Hills Mall, which is where I stay. We had to finish cleaning latest by 7am. In the beginning, I was motivated but because of this crazy dawn schedule I began to lose vim after about 3 weeks. The thing is, after cleaning we had to stay behind for the evening shift and there was no appropriate room for us to hang around in. There was a room beneath the stairwell, which was used as a storage space, which we often waited around in. It wasn’t comfortable at all. I also came to realise how it felt to work in the cleaning industry in Ghana. I was placed in a position, which made me realize how people talk to cleaners and how they treat them because of the work they do. It was humbling as I got to understand life from the point of view as a cleaner. One time, an employee at NHIA happened to say hello to me and she was surprised to learn I was a graduate from Tech. After a few months, I was promoted to be a Supervisor, which saw me managing the team to make sure the offices were clean and such.”
In addition, another major challenges was not receiving his salary on time. He was paid GHC500 a month and sometimes, it would delay for about two months. He had to ask his father for transport money. From learning on the job, Lemuel saw an opportunity to start something on his own.
“My time in the cleaning company made me realize how profitable the business was. I was gaining more experience on the job, so I decided to also start my own cleaning company. I registered the business name, hired some young people in my area to clean some offices on the side. So I managed this whilst working at the cleaning company. My Mom’s friend spoke to a friend of hers to sub-let some of her cleaning services to me and it was a way to generate money for the business.”According to him, some friends didn’t believe I was actually cleaning banks and offices.
He occasionally run into some schoolmates while on duty and when he told them he was cleaning most did not believe him. In fact most said they could never work as cleaners. “I have always been a confident person but there were a few times when I felt low. I prayed a lot during this time, which helped me. Interestingly, my prayer life increased more during this time. I found myself connecting to God more. My parents also encouraged me through it all too.”
There was some light at the end of the tunnel for Lemuel when his mom’s friend, who helped him with his cleaning business, gave him a contact to call. The number belonged to a CEO of a real estate company, who was impressed with the story of Lemuel.
“I called the number she gave me but the man who picked up was curt and said he was busy but he would call me back. I got a text from him a week later to come by his office. I dressed up as though I was going for a interview and got to his office at 7am. I then got a call from the cleaning office to go to another areas to clean sofas and rugs with a professional cleaning equipment. I left that office and showed up at work in a tie and everyone wondered what was up with me. After cleaning, I changed back and went to the man’s office. His secretary allowed me to go see him as I had waited about 3 hours in the morning. This was the CEO of a real estate company and all he asked me was ‘You be hustler? You fi hustle?’ I said yes. What did I study? Did I know anything about construction? He didnt even ask for my resume. He made a call to one of the construction managers to give me a job because he liked my matter. I then signed a contract with his HR manager. I had gotten a job without even an interview and the pay of course was much better and it was also aligned with my field of study. It was an incredible feeling! The catch however was for me to start work the next day. So now I had to figure out a way to work as a cleaner I waited for my delayed salary to be paid and then I quit the cleaning company.”
After recounting his inspiring story, Lemuel believes that everyone’s life journey is different so irrespective of where you find yourself don’t see challenges as an end. If someone offers to pay you GHC 700 work as though you were being paid GHC 4,000. Your hard work will make such an impact that when it’s time for you to leave, people will be reluctant to see you go.
“Yeah, we all want to earn good money but we need to consider the opportunities that come our way and the realities of life. You need to go out there and make your own decisions. Build your own dream and work for it. There are some graduates who get mobile banking jobs and all they do is complain that “ehh, a whole graduate like me, I dey go walk for sun top.” They don’t know what opportunity they could be missing out on whilst in the field. This is part of the grind of life. “
A Serial Entrepreneurs Guide to Finding and Developing a Business Idea
Most business ideas have been done repeatedly and, on some occasions, with a great deal of success. Finding and developing a great business idea can feel like an uphill struggle, but it doesn’t need to feel like this, and it does not need to be like this. If you conduct adequate research and if you commit to seeing through one idea, you will find it much easier to develop an idea, harness it, and make it your own. So, when it comes to finding and developing an idea, where do you need to start, and what should you be focusing on first.
Sticking and Committing to One Idea
You may have lots of ideas spinning around in your head, but it is important that you stick and commit to one at a time. Trying to do too much or spreading yourself too thin is not beneficial for anyone. So, before you try and take on more than you can handle, why not put together your list of business ideas and establish which one you will pursue and why. When you commit yourself to one idea, you ensure that you dedicate your time and energy to achieving the results and success you desire. To establish which idea, you need to stick with and commit to, you need to weigh up the pros and cons of each idea you have put forward. It can be so easy and so tempting to just run with the first idea that you write down or take a liking to, but realistically if you dive in too quick, you could end up on the road to failure, and this is, of course, not what you want.
A Beneficial Business Idea
You can still make money in business, even by helping others. Developing a business idea around something that gives back will leave you feeling good, and it will also leave the recipients of the business idea feeling good as well. As a serial entrepreneur, finding or launching an idea that gives back will be both appealing and rewarding. You will be fostering goodwill, and you will be launching and harnessing a positive image for yourself and your brand at the same time. So, what kind of business idea can you introduce that would or could benefit others? For example, you could put together treatment packages for professionals to ensure that they are practicing self-care, such as Self care for nurses or self-care for doctors. Or you could focus on putting together packages that support fellow small business owners. Supporting, helping, and assisting others is commendable and is something that can be worked into a watertight business idea.
Spotting a Gap within the Market
Having an idea that has potential is what every entrepreneur wants and needs, but how do you find an idea with real and true potential? Well, you spot and then exploit a gap in the market, of course. When there is a gap in the market, no matter how small, you can exploit it and turn it from a business idea into a profitable business. When it comes to spotting a gap in the market, you need to begin looking at areas or industries that you are interested in first and foremost. You will not be able to target all marketplaces and industries when looking for an idea that has potential. So, start by targeting areas that are of interest to you because when you are interested and passionate about a market or industry, you are more driven to succeed.
Conducting Market Research
When you have spotted a gap in the market, you then need to start conducting market research. When it comes to carrying out market research, you need to utilize both primary and secondary research to establish if your idea has the potential to make money or not. Investing in the market research may seem unnecessary, but it is crucial, especially in the early stages of business idea development. If you do not invest in market research, how can you confidently be sure that you are investing your time and money into a sound idea?
Seek Support and Assistance
When it comes to getting the right idea, you need to seek support and assistance as and where you can. For example, family members may be able to help you see something you may have overlooked or missed when researching ideas. In addition, you may find that trade bodies or other professionals may be able to provide you with additional figures, research, or statistics that you might not have considered before or had to access to. Do not be afraid to reach out to others for support and assistance because this guidance can help you determine which idea to go with and why. To get the guidance and support you need, you can take advantage of networking as well. Meeting new people and gaining new insights may even help you once again to see, or spot things that you might have missed previously.
Set a Deadline or Timescale
Researching a new idea can take up a lot of your free time. It is important that you establish a deadline and a timescale for researching and creating business ideas and bringing them to fruition, or else you will find that you will be investing a lot of time, effort, and funding and not really getting a lot in return. When you are researching and finding new ideas, you need to give yourself weeks and months, and not years. It is important to remember that you can over-research an idea, and in the process, you can end up wasting time, so establish a deadline as soon as you can to ensure that you can bring the idea to the market before somebody else does. When you have a deadline in place, you ensure that you make your research time count. Wasted time equals wasted money, and missed opportunities, so stay on the ball with your research, and do not go over the top.
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AskNano officials pay courtesy call on LEKMA assembly
Officials from AskNano, a new business listing app have paid a courtesy call on the LEKMA Municipal Assembly in the Greater Accra Region.
The visit to the Assembly was important as LEKMA was being used as the initial catchment area for its pilot.
Led by Nour Nader, Director of AskNano, the team on Thursday, October 21 met with executives of the Assembly to formally introduce the App and its impact on the municipality to the team.
Speaking at the meeting, Nour Nader said the App is a one–stop solutions platform which allows users all over Ghana to promote their businesses and services.
“AskNano provides you with a platform through which users can find all the above and many more within seconds. Asknano embraces all types of businesses from Small scale enterprises to bigger companies within their app, one would no longer have to go around asking throughout their neighbourhood for inaccurate and biased advice. You can market your business and can handle your multiple Businesses under one account.”
She added that “The goal of AskNano is to provide Ghanaians with a worry-free life by handing them all the knowledge they need to be able to live the best comfortable life. AskNano is here to help you interact with your friends and your customers via chat to give the best service. All users need to do is search the
Absa Group Board appoints Sello Moloko as Chairman-designate
The Absa Group Limited Board today announced the appointment of Sello Moloko as independent non-executive director and Chairman-designate with effect from 1 December 2021.
Sello will take over from Wendy Lucas-Bull who will step down on 31 March 2022, which marks the end of the nine-year period during which Wendy would have served as an independent director and as Chairman of the Absa Group Board. Absa advised of the Chairman’s impending retirement in October 2020.
“We are delighted to welcome Sello to the Absa Board. He brings extensive experience as a leader in the financial services industry, with a proven track record as an executive, entrepreneur and a board member at companies across several industries,” said Wendy.
Sello has a career spanning close to 30 years in the financial services industry. He is a former CEO of Old Mutual Asset Managers. Thereafter, he founded Thesele Group, an investment holding company where he is the Executive Chairman.
He has served as Chairman on the boards of Alexander Forbes Group Holdings Limited, Sibanye-Stillwater Limited and General Reinsurance Africa Limited (a Berkshire Hathaway company), among others. He is also a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
He currently serves as Chairman on the board of Telkom SA SOC Limited and Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Limited. He will relinquish his role on the Momentum Metropolitan Board prior to joining the Absa Group Board.
“I am honoured by the opportunity to join Absa. As one of the largest banks on the continent, Absa can support the economic growth of our continent in a significant way,” said Sello. “I have been inspired by the way in which Absa has evolved into a strong, standalone African bank that is recognisable across the continent. I commend the Board and executive team for this accomplishment and I look forward to being part of the company’s future journey,” he added.
Soweto-born Sello obtained a BSc with Honours in mathematics and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Leicester in the UK. He has completed various business courses, including the Advanced Management Program from the Wharton Business School. Sello is also committed to community development initiatives in Soweto and Cape Town.
For more information please contact:
Absa Group Media Relations
082 899 3293
About Absa Group Limited
Absa Group Limited (‘Absa Group’) is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and is one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups.
Absa Group offers an integrated set of products and services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management and insurance.
Absa operates in 14 countries. The Group owns majority stakes in banks in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania (Absa Bank Tanzania and National Bank of Commerce), Uganda and Zambia and has insurance operations in Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia. Absa also has representative offices in Namibia and Nigeria, and securities entities in the United Kingdom and the United States.
For further information about Absa Group Limited, please visit www.absa.africa
Top Tips to Look like a Celebrity with Botox
If you are constantly reading the celebrity gossip columns and want to look as good as the celebrities that you admire, you might be considering getting Botox to achieve this. Many celebrities get Botox to help them to retain their youthful looks, and you can too. So, read on to find out how you can look like a celebrity and get the right amount of Botox for you and your skin.
· Get the Right Amount
There have been many celebrities who have opted for too much Botox and who have been known to have a frozen face or arched eyebrows after consecutive Botox sessions. Although you might want to look like a celebrity, getting too much Botox is not the way to do this, and it is much more important that your Botox can look natural. Therefore, you should speak to a professional about how much Botox you will need. You might also decide to avoid getting Botox at a young age and ensure that you do not have injections too often to prevent negative side effects.
· Get Botox for the Right Reasons
Rather than just getting Botox for the sake of it, you should consider getting Botox to erase frown lines, laugh lines, and crow’s feet around your face. Many people develop wrinkles on their forehead and around their eyes and this can make them look older or can damage their self-esteem. However, the right Botox procedure can help to minimize the appearance of these for a long time to come, especially if you remember to get frequent Botox treatments, which is what celebrities do.
· Find a Professional
Although you might be looking for the cheapest option when it comes to Botox, you need to make sure that you are being seen by a professional who has a lot of experience in the field. For instance, at Dermani Med Spa, they can help you to get the Botox treatments that you need in a welcoming environment. They also offer a range of other treatments, such as laser hair removal and even facials that can allow you to indulge your skin and enjoy a little added luxury in your life, while keeping you looking your best for a long time to come. You should always make sure that you check the credentials of the professional that you are being seen by and discuss what you want out of the procedure with them before you go ahead with it.
· Keep These Treatments Up
However, the reason that celebrities look so good is that they can keep these treatments up. The effects of Botox might fade over time, especially if you do not look after your skin, and so it is important to visit the clinic regularly to keep the effect that you are going for and make it long-lasting.
· Prepare for the Cost
You should know that more celebrities have Botox than other people because it can be costly, especially if you have it for a long time. You should always research the cost, avoid skimping on the cost if it will result in lower quality treatment, and try to save up for the treatment or opt for a loan that can help you to get the Botox you need when you need it.
New World Best Way to Level Engineering Skill
If you want to live longer in Amazon’s New World gameplay, you must grasp three major skills and abilities to progress your character, including trade skills, core stats and weapon mastery. The trade skills are divided into three parts, such as Gathering Skills, Refining Skills and Crafting Skills. The Engineering is a Crafting Trade Skill, when you level up this skill and you will get more recipes and more powerful versions of them. So, what are the best and fastest ways to level up your Engineering Skill in New World?
What can we do with New World Engineering Skill?
When a player has learned an Engineering Skill, he or she is allowed to use this skill to create ranged weapons, including bows and muskets. And what’s more, to make full use of ranged weapons, you are allowed to use this skill to create ammunition. Higher levels of engineering allow players to build better and more powerful weapons, as well as improve their equipment scores.
Benefits of Leveling up Engineering
As we mentioned above, Engineering can be used to create Weapons and Ammunition and these two items are best-selling items in New World for they are the most basic requirements in this game! If you are a senior engineer who can build high quality weapons and ammunitions, you must be popular among the market! So, to level up your engineering skill and craft high quality items will help players to earn more New World Gold via selling these items on the market!
When you craft an item using Azoth, you increase your chances of gaining privileges. You can also make some quality melee weapons, such as swords and hammers and then sell them to small settlements such as town projects.
How to Level Up fast Engineering Skill?
If you want to level up engineering skill fast, the most effective way is to make as many iron cartridges and arrows as possible. And to make cartridges and arrows, you must equip enough resources with iron ore, wood for timber and charcoal, saltpeter for gunpowder, and feathers for arrows. Along mining these resources, your Mining skill can be also upgraded.
Just find a spot with iron veins, where can help you can mine easily! And then start your work! After your iron ore are full of inventory, and then you can reach to a settlement. And to get iron ingots, you need to smelt everything together! After that, go to the Workshop crafting station to craft cartridges or arrows. The cartridge requires additional steps to make, but it helps to improve your engineering level faster.
You need saltpeter, which is usually found in mines and used to make gunpowder. Feathers, on the other hand, are easier to obtain because turkeys are ubiquitous. Kill them and skin them for their feathers, then cut down the wood and turn it into wood to make iron arrows.
This method will cost you a lot of time, but mass-producing cartridges and arrows seems to be the best way for New World Engineering to reach level 50 so far.
If you want to make money in New World, leveling up Engineering Skill is one of the important way! On the other hand, you can also choose to purchase NW Gold at Z2U.com. Here, you can find cheap New World Coins for Sale, cheaper than others, ultra fast delivery in 10 minutes, huge stock to ensure you can get your products quickly, and friendly live support will help you to solve problems!
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