Ok boss, my SUCCESS STORY:
I joined DBT on 8th August 2015 (which will be exactly a year on Monday). I had taken a career break after my last contract to focus on a career change from being a Business Manager to becoming a Project Management professional with particular interest in PMO (that was my goal).
Before I completed my training, I had joined my first two projects: CI – Matrix 2 and Firewall. I started attending meetings and asking to help out with minutes and was immediately offered a minute taking task. I was so hungry for work that I offered to do the monthly minute taking rota and was even excited about being allowed to do that.
At some point, the Firewall project stalled and I then joined the DBT Oscars 2015 Awards Event Planning project. I became the Deputy RAIDs Lead and the Highlight Report Lead on the project but was writing other reports on a weekly basis (Status, Checklist etc). I also joined the HT – Phoenix project where I learnt so much from experts like Adeshola, the PM, Bolanle and Josiah the Planner Lead and Deputy). As the Oscars project began to wind up, I applied for a PMO lead role on a new project, CI – Exodus and was successful. That to me was the start of my success story. I put my soul and energy into that role and I am grateful to the wonderful people (Shirley Eseigbe my PM, Yvonne Koleade, outstanding BA Lead and the entire Management team) I was privileged to work with on the project before it was temporarily halted.
Keji was so impressed with the work we did on the Project Brief that he requested for the Management team to be moved to another project – CI – Empire. At this point, I was becoming very confident in the PMO environment and I applied for the Deputy Project Manager role instead of carrying on as the PMO Lead. At a stage on the project, I had to step down due to other commitments outside DBT and also to give my job search some attention and create an opportunity for new people to take on much needed roles having held a few myself. My stepping down did not mean lack of involvement on the platform as I even joined another project immediately – CI – Hackers meeting and working with some beautifully minded people – Olamide Adebule, Josiah, Olabisi Daodu, Funmi Ayorinde and the entire Management team and members and put myself forward to work within the Programme Office Resource Pool.
Having said all that, I cannot write my success story without mentioning a few people who I sincerely believe we’re pivotal to my story: Keji, for creating the platform (even though you never got round to reviewing my CV); OTILLIA, my mentor (an amazing lady who puts her heart and soul into seeing the success of her mentees, you are amazing Otillia); Sandra Malanda (more a friend really, I have shadowed you and continue to since you joined the PO, thank you; Tosin Ogundere (we did our training and started this journey together); Nneka Ogbonnaya; Tayo & Adeshola (even though not my official mentors, your encouraging words made a difference).The list goes on…..
Finally, to my dear DBT Family, for those who are looking forward to their success story, it will surely come but you have a part to play: don’t be ideal, get at working and getting your hands filthy. Never think any task is too low for you…..work on your stakeholder management skills – network with people that have a VISION not time wasters, get the best out of people that you can learn from….Choose quality over quantity….I remember being referred to a the Report Writing expert – this was simply because I chose to do whatever I did with an element of distinction…..that way, when those interviews start coming through, employers will see beyond the words because you will be able to convince them that you are THAT CANDIDATE for the job. God bless……🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽