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Lessons Learned from She Leads Africa #SheHiveToronto Boot Camp (Part 1)

Lessons Learned from She Leads Africa #SheHiveToronto Boot Camp (Part 1)

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  This weekend (July 15-16th, 2017) I had the pleasure of attending the She Leads Africa #SheHiveToronto boot camp. It was such a humbling experience being in a room filled with inspiring women (fondly called #MotherlandGurus) who came to connect, learn from one another and find out ways they can make an impact in their societies. Some of the amazing speakers whom I had the pleasure of learning from include: Njeri Rionge, one of Forbes Africa’s Most Successful Women & founder of Wanachi Online Patricia Bebia Mawa, President, Editorial Director & TV Host at Silvertrust Media & Planet Africa Group Dr. Olutoyin Oyelade, Founding Partner at InVcap & President of CASA Foundation In this article, I will share what I learned from Mrs. Patricia Bebia Mawa’s talk. She shared 5 Ps from her upcoming book The 10 Ps: The 10 Powerful Secrets of Successful People (which I cannot wait to get my hands…

5 Ways I Motivate Myself Everyday

5 Ways I Motivate Myself Everyday

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I will be the first to tell you that doing awesome stuff is HARD. Like REALLY… HARD. Most times I just want to watch Netflix (currently, Orange Is The New Black) and eat ice-cream in bed. But since I’m not a millionaire yet (one of my goals); I can’t afford myself that luxury. [P.S how long do I have to wait till I see my bank account balance rise like bread dough? 🙁 ] However, juggling my 9 to 5 at a Big 4 firm (really a 9 to 9 in my chosen career); managing a blog; and volunteering with several organizations amongst other things on my every increasing commitments list has taught me a thing or five about motivating myself. I’ve found that most of the time I just have to do what I have to do ESPECIALLY when I do not feel like it. I’ve learnt that feelings…

Career Conversations With Jay Bala, CFA

Career Conversations With Jay Bala, CFA

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Jay Bala is the CEO and Senior Portfolio Manager of AIP Asset Management, an award-winning asset management firm in Toronto.  Jay has over fifteen years of industry experience.  He previously worked as an Associate Portfolio Manager with Kingsmont Investment Management and Third Eye Capital as an Investment Analyst which manages the Sprott Private Credit Trust.  Prior to that, Jay was an Equity Research Analyst at a leading independent boutique investment bank and worked at the family office of one of Canada’s wealthiest families. Jay holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and is a CFA charter holder. In 2014, Jay was a nominee for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Safe to say he’s made quite a name for himself in the asset management industry in Canada. It is no wonder that I jumped at the opportunity to interview Jay. For a lot of…

Dealing With Imposter Syndrome As A Millennial

Dealing With Imposter Syndrome As A Millennial

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  “What am I doing here? How did I get here? I do not belong here, these people are way too smart.” These thoughts crossed my mind shortly after I started my first job after college. I realized that I was the youngest and also the first international student and African female to work as a scientist in one of the best forensic toxicology laboratories in the world. Studies show that 70% of millennials fail to internalize their success, often attributing their accomplishments to luck rather than ability. Perhaps it is because our parents always compared us to our neighbors down the street, our friends or maybe some of professors never believed in our dreams. This problem is compounded by our use of social media, which makes it seem like everyone is doing pretty amazing things and you are not OR you feel like you’ve failed at too many things.  With many…

4 Mistakes You’re Making In Your Job Search

4 Mistakes You’re Making In Your Job Search

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For most students graduating in the summer, the winter is prime recruiting season. While undergoing the job search be careful to avoid making these mistakes: Not networking enough: Mistake: You do everything BUT network while looking for a job. You apply to as many job posts as you can each day and also cold call and cold email recruiters but you do absolutely no in person networking. Do this instead: Networking should be your main focus during your job application. If you’re only sitting in your dorm room and applying to 10 jobs every day and not meeting or reaching out to any recruiters then I have bad news for you, it will take you much longer to get a job. Instead of spending all your time responding to want ads – divide your job search time between applying to jobs and also reaching out to your network and also…