ASA*, FISA*, PSSA*, HURMSA*, BISSA*, NUISA*, MSA*, ABS*, OMSA*….! I strongly advise that you work together and create opportunities for yourselves. Here are my simple suggestions that come from 12 months of experience in association affairs. They are pretty simple:
- Team work. Posts do not make you a leader. It is unfortunate that a majority of students mistake posts as a leadership positions. Taking charge and being an effective team player is what makes you a leader; it is what gives you the right to use words like Spearheaded, Motivated, Worked, Managed, Instituted and Participated and so forth to describe your achievements and acquired skills.
- Create a comprehensive sponsorship list! I cannot tell for sure whether that is what is being done by all the aforementioned associations but the habit of approaching companies each time you need sponsorship is not constructive. I recommend that you create a comprehensive 12 month calendar of events, package it effectively whilst identifying probable sponsors and then approach them in a total manner! You can easily use this as a way to get needed support from your patrons, board of advisors and other stakeholders. They are sure to respect your senses of vision and strategy. Make a further step and publicize this proposal in all professional social media sites (this should be done with a particular targeted partner in mind). Further still, why don’t you all create another joint proposal? Conferences and Forums are more effective when done as a conglomerate! Think about it, huh?
- Research, Research, Research! In the NSE listed companies, a good majority of the board members are University of Nairobi Bachelor of Commerce Alumni! These are individuals who can be approached for long term planning and networking (for attachments, permanent jobs and Angel Investing for the entrepreneurs).
I believe ones time in the University of Nairobi, School of Business should be spent learning and perfecting skills in communication, coordination and organization. Going about this is quite easy only that you must be assertive.
I wish you all the best.
ASA* Accounting Students Association;
FISA* Finance Students Association;
PSSA* Procurement and Supply chain management Students Association;
HURMSA* Human Resource Management Students Association;
BISSA* Business Information Systems Students Association;
NUISA* Nairobi University Insurance Students Association
MSA* Marketing Students Association
ABS* Association of Banking Students
OMSA* Operations Management Students Association
“Remember the Importance of Humility…I got this insight when I was asked to teach a class on humility at Harvard College. I asked all the students to describe the most humble person they knew. One characteristic of these humble people stood out: They had a high level of self-esteem. They knew who they were, and they felt good about who they were. We also decided that humility was defined not by self-deprecating behavior or attitudes but by the esteem with which you regard others. Good behavior flows naturally from that kind of humility. For example, you would never steal from someone, because you respect that person too much. You’d never lie to someone, either.”
These are the words of Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen to the HBS graduating class of 2010.
The students wanted him to address them not on how to apply his principles and thinking to their post-HBS careers, but on how to apply them to their personal lives. He shared with them a set of guidelines that had helped him find meaning in his own life.
Partake in their experience and learn from this successful man below:
‘In what past situations have you shown most
evidence of visionary/strategic thinking?’
Vision is foresight. It’s looking at the horizon as opposed to the bottom line. Strategy on the other hand is positioning for the good of your objectives; being proactive. These two words are so different yet so meshed, they are like ones parents! Mum and Dad; Vision and Strategy!
When I first heard this question, I laughed! I tend to do that whenever I come across mind boggling statements. My first thought of an answer came inform of a song ; Morgan Heritage’s Nothing To Smile About! The dramatic route is always attractive to the mind! Anyway, I was puzzled. I asked one of my friends and they humorously said that the only time they thought they had shown visionary thinking was when they woke up at 4am to cram their notes before an exam! Their vision is that they didn’t want to fail!
As job hunters and/or young entrepreneurs, putting our spectacular thoughts into words can be a challenge at times. Here are a few suggestions that I think could help as possible forms of responses (in no particular order):
- Your decision to do that particular course. By choosing to pursue Business, Engineering, Architecture e.t.c., you had a reason/plan. If you don’t already have one, research and write them up. Be sure to include words like, Vision and Strategy! 🙂
- Taking up that leadership role in your community. Surely you had a plan for that move, right?
- Social Media Initiatives. Those charitable events or a causes you have helped hype through Facebook or Twitter.
- Mentorship. If you never thought of that friendship you have as mentorship, start doing so! If your friend is older, you are the mentee. If you are the older one, you are the mentor. It may not be as decorated as the mainstream mentorship but that advice you give or receive should never be in vain.
I’m sure there are more! Do share them with me here.
What’s awaiting us out in the world are situations that will test us and more often than not, what determines whether we emerge victorious is our power of being accurate discerners of our own capabilities. That’s our reality.