elPhemo’s Corner – My Ordeal With A Career Coach

Oluwafemi Ogunsanya

Hey there,

Thank you for opening my last email, I know I promised a weekly newsletter on Sundays, but life happened.

Here’s a little story about one of my growth processes; my ordeal with a career coach. During my third year in Uni, I registered to attend a 3-day TECH seminar for undergraduates. At that time, ASUU was on a warning strike and it wasn’t looking like they would call it off anytime soon.

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” – John Wooden

I was super excited when I got the selection mail, not just because I got selected, but because of the content of the mail which was about making the top 25 attendees out of 800+ applications. Instantly, I became proud of my essay-writing skills big grin.

We had several sessions at the conference which were taken by representatives from different tech industries like; Interswitch, Microsoft, Oracle, etc. One of the highlights for me was our tour of some of these tech companies.

The 25 attendees were grouped to see career coaches on the last day of the seminar. Before that time, we had filled out a form which I took along to see my career coach. After a few interactions with her, she told me I don’t know what I want to do with my life and I shouldn’t have attended the seminar. Without any suggestions and advice, she told me to go back home and think about what I wanted to do and I can’t have a career in the Tech and Digital space.

I have heard stories of how career coaches are always helpful in shaping one’s career even if they don’t have answers for you at that point, they would guide you, direct you and provide possible suggestions on things you should consider.

Her words broke me.

I felt out of place.

I was an introvert who was beginning to come out of his shell. But with this, staying an introvert was the best bet for me.

Because you don’t have it all figured out right now does not mean that you won’t have it figured out later.

Before I attended the seminar, I was building a media and entertainment brand at my University. We were already handling event live feeds for events on campus then.

How was I able to get back on my feet?

It was not as easy as I expected. I had to talk to people who had more experience than I do. Opening up to people who always looked out for me helped me move past that moment because I got some advice and I was able to work with some of them.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

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By Oluwafemi Ogunsanya

Oluwafemi Ogunsanya is an idea-driven strategist that bridges the gap between brands and their audiences using digital media and its tools. As the founder and lead strategist of The Bees Digital Agency, Oluwafemi has worked with several organizations, brands, and SMEs in Nigeria to strategize and implement digital media marketing that is practical, direct, and attainable.

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