How To Secure A Program Analyst Role | A Case Study From Bolatito Raji


logoHi Keji,

I finally got news for you!!! I just got a provisional offer for a Program Analyst job with The Electoral Commission!!! Yippee!!! You can’t even begin to imagine how happy I am!!!

First and foremost, I would like to thank Almighty God for the opportunity of finally writing this success story. It has taken longer than I expected but it has really reinforced my believe that God answers your prayers when the time is right.

Secondly, I would like to REALLY thank you, Keji. Although I was already a certified PRINCE2 Practitioner but with no PM work experience, nothing prepared me for the wealth of practical knowledge you passed on from the onset. For the real life platform you created, thank you. For all the efforts and time you put into making the system better for us, I thank you. May God continue to bless and favor you.

I did my 1-week intensive training in Feb last year and right afterwards got my hands REALLY dirty by writing reports for Pacific Rim, Phantom, Wall Street and Project 24; taking minutes in Phantom meetings and finally becoming a RAIDs Deputy in Project 24. This gave me the opportunity to know every aspect of both project management and business analysis. I learnt a lot about everything including planner from Project 24 and Project 24 Phase 2. I went on to become Deputy PM in Phantom where I ensured I was really hands-on in supporting the PM; writing reports, helping with project plan, recruitment, pmo, RAIDs meetings, BA activities, and other duties to manage, control and monitor the project. I had made up my mind I was going to do all these for at least 3 months before looking for work because I wanted to know my stuff before facing job interviews. I achieved this and much more than I could have hoped for. It really is a wonderful platform; depending on how much you want to learn, you can learn loads from active participation.

Well, I seriously started looking for work towards end of last year but frustrating enough, nothing happened; just a few call backs that didn’t convert to interviews. This made me feel down and I would sometimes stop for a few weeks but then start again. It was like a vicious never ending cycle. Not to mention, the stress of juggling my family, business and career insights projects with the job hunt. At the beginning of March, I changed my CV once again and included permanent jobs in my job search (I had only being looking for contract jobs before); and voila, I started getting regular call backs. In fact the 3 jobs I was interviewed for were all permanent jobs. The first interview I went on March 31st was 2 hours’ drive from my house but after 3interview stages, I’m still waiting. For another job (almost 2 hours away), I went to 1 interview mid-April but was unsuccessful.

The Electoral Commission job was the 3rd job interview I went to and the office is only about 50 mins away by train. I applied for the job on April 13th and went for the interview on Wednesday April 22nd. I was told they had more interviews to conduct and they would get back to me a week later, but 2 days later, they called me and told me I got the job if I want it. Of course I want it!!! I would like to take this opportunity to point out that putting DBT on your CV or application form (as in my case) is not necessarily a bad thing. Two of my interviewees have heard about DBT and they were curious and asked me questions like what is DBT really about, how come there are many people from DBT looking for work, etc. I answered them as best as I could and I guess it didn’t stop them from still giving me the job.

Ayo Nunu, Caroline Aluko, Adore Shuko, Olyne Mutambasi and Foluke Ayegbe; thank you all for all the knowledge you passed on. God will continue to bless you abundantly. And to my fellow candidates (you all know yourselves) for all the back and forth knowledge sharing and encouragement; I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I thank you all for the friendship too.

Keji, I owe you BIG and I would not forget. I promise.

Take care and God bless,

Bolatito Raji

I start on 11th May, could you please hold on to this success story till then?

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