Friday, 13 January 2017

THE BUSINESS IN YOU DAILY: Maximizing Opportunities; You Need a Mentor.


Remy Chukwunyere writes from Imo State.... 

Dear IYB readers, Good evening and how has it been with you for these two days I was away? I am happy to be back on the Business in You Dailies…

Surprisingly, no one made any significant comment on the last edition, which sought to know whether you also believe that young people who study abroad become more successful than those who study locally here, in the country.

Anyway, I don’t know why everyone decided to avoid that discussion but I think it’s true. The reason is not because their school curriculum is different from ours but because, they identified the gaps in the school system earlier and made efforts to fill those gaps. You can imagine that it was only few years ago that Nigerian universities introduced entrepreneurship education as part of their general courses.

Apart from the well developed infrastructure and conducive environment for learning, one very important factor that prepares their graduates ahead of the local ones in the workplace and world of business is that they are usually exposed to mentors on time. Here, in Nigeria and in most other African countries, we rarely see the need for a mentor.

My dear, for you to cost-effectively maximize opportunities as they come this year, you need a mentor. Just as you needed a teacher in the school, as an entrepreneur, you will also need a mentor. A mentor is someone who has done what you are trying to do and is successful at doing it. He or she has a practical experience of what you want to do and knows that there may be challenges on your way. Therefore, his “from the field experiences” are very important guides for your success in your business or chosen career.

I know the question on your mind now is, “so, how do I get and choose a mentor?” Choosing a mentor should not be a problem because, successful men and women around the world are always eager to mentor young people interested in their industries or professions. Mentorship can be done physically or remotely, therefore, there should be no limitation to access and communication.

At Youth Cooperative and Enterprise Academy, we connect our participants to mentors, who have time to groom them and bring out the best in them. We also provide internship opportunities after our participants complete the academy. So, what are you waiting for? You better sign up now at www.youthscare.org or call me on 08038702075

Many thanks for having you on this platform again.



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