A success story on how to secure a rewarding career in project management earning up to £550 a day
Praise God I finally got my success story. Was offered a Programme Analyst Role with a global publishing company. Amazingly and miraculously my buddies and girlfriends, Bolanle Akinbolu and Olabisi Daodu got their permanent roles within the same week. God did it for 3 of us WITHIN 7 DAYS!!!
Joined DBT in March 2015 and was 7 months pregnant at the time. Despite being heavily pregnant, God’s grace and the drive for a new direction in my career saw me through the four weekend intensive training. Had it all planned that I’ll get my hands dirty as much as possible after having my baby and would be ready by the time he’s six months. So I didn’t join to get a success story within 12 weeks but was determined to learn all I could whilst on maternity leave. My background was in Education, precisely Early Year’s education but I wanted a career change, hence the decision to join DBT. Prior to my joining, I contemplated for a while as my CV was getting me interviews but none was successful. I had taken a career break after my last contract in research in 2014 to focus on a career transition from being an Early Years professional to becoming a Project Management professional with an initial interest in Risk Analysis (but that has changed now).
Whilst still training, I joined 3 projects: Skyfall, CM Exodus and CI- CSI and started attending meetings and volunteering to complete tasks such as anchor RAID meeting (which was my ever first task), updating reports, asking lots of questions on how to use all the PM tools such as Basecamp, Gdrive, PM.com etc. and volunteering to support and help Skyfall’s PMO Lead Olu Ajewole to complete tasks. He delegated PMO related tasks to me and was able have a feel of how the project PMO office was run. I learnt a lot within Skyfall project and would always be grateful to their project management personnel for the opportunity to complete tasks despite being new on the platform.
In addition to these, I attended various planners meeting to get an indebt understanding on project planning and joined project planning focus groups where I met my first planning mentor Deji Sennuga.
At some point, the Skyfall project got halted and I joined Tech – Phoenix 2 Project which was just starting at the time. Upon joining Tech Phoenix 2, I became one of the HAWKs and met PM and BA expertise and fellow hawks such as Adeshola Cole (the PM & mother hawk herself), Isaac Onor (father Hawk), Josiah Famurewa, Bolanle Akinbolu, Sandra Iroka, Mohammed, Toyin Falana, Mike Osunsina, Olubunmi Bakare, Funmi Ayorinde , Seyi Ashaolu and the other hawk family. I became the lessons learnt Lead on Tech Phoenix 2 and was working collaboratively with my Deputy Josiah Famurewa who made the process easy. Also had the opportunity to work collaboratively with PMO Lead, Toyin Falana, the experience was priceless, thanks to Adeshola Cole(my mentor and good friend) and Toyin. I took the roles seriously whilst still creating/updating reports on other projects and eventually became one of the report reviewers on one of the projects.
I then joined the ES Programme and became Lead Planner on the ES Mobile Optimization Project where I met amazing people such as Femi Adedoyin (the ES Programm manager), Dele Daramola, Ope Osiname (an amazing friend)., Abi Ilori, Adetokunbo Banjoko and Iyiola Okubanjo. The most interesting thing about the ES Programme was that due to its nature and sensitivity, there were no project team, hence, the project was successfully deployed by the 7 personnel appointed. Thanks to Bolanle Akinbolu who recommended me and kept encouraging me as this gave me more drive to put in my best and to Deji Sennuga who further helped sharpen my project planning skill.
I was then keen and eager to work at the programme office(PO), thanks to Funmi Ayorinde for supporting me through this process, ensuring my transition to Programme Office was seamless and to Nda Sokomba (former Programme Manager) for the opportunity. Having joined the PO, I’ve learnt a lot from Marufah Alao, Remigius Ibe , Olayinka Cli
Many thanks to Mandy Folashade Oriyomi, O labunmi Bakare, Kola Olalekan, Samuel Oluwatoki, Bukky Tomisin, Tina Adedeji Osanupin,, Ella Osei and Ayodeji Akinwowo. You’re all super stars.
To other people who are pivotal to my story, Keji, thank you for creating this platform. The ecosystem works, I ‘m a testament to that. ADESHOLA COLE, my ever supportive Mentor and an amazing lady who puts her heart into ensuring the success of her mentees. The wealth of resources you share with your mentees are second to none and these has benefited me in a lot of ways. Tayo Richards, for taking time out to coach and drill me before my interviews. You’re a star. Kayode Omotayo, an absolutely passionate young man. Your interview sessions with me are phenomenal, so grateful for your time, efforts and advice you gave me before my interviews. Babs Muse, the IT SME , thanks for your support as well. Michael Jackson for all the useful tips and the session held. I can go on and on……The past month has been a blessed one for me as I literarily had interviews every week, all the glory to God.
Cannot but thank Bolanle Akinbolu over again for all the sessions we had late into the night and very early in the morning prior to our interviews. Your encouraging words and belief in my abilities are mind blowing. Thanks for being there, you’re a rare gem. Olabisi Daodu, thank you for your kind words and encouraging me to hone my note and minute taking skills.
To anyone new on the platform, be rest assured that this ecosystem works. However, you’ll have to put in the work, take on tasks, never be too shy or afraid to ask questions, volunteer to support or help lead personnel on projects, network with likeminded people who can be your support system. Having said all, ensure to do your best and trust God.“