A few days back a colleague Eunice reached out to me, she wanted me to share my career experience with her, how I got my first job and how I decided what sector I wanted to settle in.
So I decided I was going to share it in a series and borrow the title from my previous post.
So let’s get to it, how did I get into sales? This is a fun question as a lot of Nigerian graduates mostly found themselves in their first job. I would make a ridiculous guess and say about 60% (taking out lawyers and doctors off course). A further 30% from the 60% continued building a career in that role even tho they don’t like it but they would rather continue in that path rather than start all over again (please don’t quote me anywhere.
I am part of the 60% and as of some months ago I was also part of the 30% but now I’m not. Good news yaaaaaahhhhh. So back to my story, I studied Food science and technology at the Federal University of Agriculture a course picked by my dad. By my final year in school I had started selling stuff to fellow students; Weaves, clothes, jewelry and the like and was doing quite fine. I was convinced there was no way I could survive behind the desk at a 9 – 5 and that I was destined to be a businesswoman 😛
But Fate was doing a Haq, Haq, haq on me 🤣
Immediately after my project defense, a friend called me and offered me a front desk job at a hotel in Ikoyi, I was going through a bad break up and needed the distraction so off to Lagos I went. While working at the hotel, I went out with a couple of friends to eat at a very popular restaurant in VI, the scene that greeted us wasn’t awesome. There was no light and they had candles on, the fish we were served was bad and slimy 🤢🥴. I was a fresh kid out of school and was determined to make a difference, I found the identity of the owner of the restaurant from a friend and wrote him a proposal which was, give me a start-up fund, I would return your restaurant back to its old glory, pay you a certain amount of money every month, pay the staff, stock up and then keep the profit.
And there ladies and gentlemen my sales journey began.
Want to read more on this experience, then stick around. Don’t forget to comment or not 💚💚💚.
PS: I just discovered this confidence part of moi, the reason for all the not and all