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20 Things Every Twentysomething Should Know How to Do

First things first, most ‘twentysomethings’ are too hard on themselves.

It’s one of the downsides of a youth-obsessed culture. We tend to think if we haven’t published our first book, planted our first church or gotten married by the time we’re 30, then we’re on the fast track for a lonely, penniless death which will be mourned by none. Sure, some people get famous when they turn 25. Some people also swim across the English Channel.

Your twenties are a prime time to explore and grow, without all the baggage that comes with settling down and making your mark. (Jesus Himself was an unknown carpenter in a reviled corner of Israel until He was 30.)

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14. October 2013 by Morgan Bunmi
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Things to know before you quit your job

I’ve had a decent career and everyone expects me to jump ship to run my own business but I haven’t. This is for different reasons, but those closest to me know that I’m a closet chicken. Run my own business, are you kidding me?

One of my favorite LinkedIn writers with the harsh realities of running your own business. Great read!

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22. March 2016 by Morgan Bunmi
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19 terrible LinkedIn mistakes you’re making

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You might think that having a LinkedIn profile in the first place is enough to get you on an employer’s radar, but that is definitely not the case. This Business Insider article shares 19 mistakes you are making on LinkedIn that could be costing you in the professional world.

There are some things you just shouldn’t do on LinkedIn.

Kim Brown is an assistant director for Syracuse University’s Career Services department. She spends a good portion of her day looking over LinkedIn profiles for job seekers and students.

She makes sure candidates are putting their best foot forward on LinkedIn.

Here are the most common mistakes Brown sees job seekers make on LinkedIn.

1. Your profile is full of typos

Brown says she’s spotted typos in company names,job titles, and even in the user’s name.

Unfortunately, LinkedIn doesn’t have a built-in spell checker, but your browser might. Safari, Chrome, and Firefox underline misspellings in red. Bottom line, whatever you use: Be as careful on LinkedIn as you would be with a paper résumé.

2. You have no picture in your profile

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23. July 2015 by Morgan Bunmi
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PITCH2WIN 2015 OPENS!

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Hello Entrepreneur,

Are you between 18 and 50 years of age?
Is your business going to create sustainable jobs for other young Nigerians?
Are you bullish about your idea/ business and confident it has the potential to generate significant revenue to sustain it?

Then, this is for you!

Here comes, PITCH2WIN 2015 SEASON 1 EPISODE 1, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win thousands of dollars as grant for your idea/ business as a startup. Competition opens July 20, 2015 and closes August 31, 2015.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

  • Visit www.angelstartups.com.ng
  • Sign up for free as an Entrepreneur and complete your profile, with the short proposal template included (Only complete profiles will be approved)
  • Record a quality 2-minute video pitch of your concept/ business (could add some hard evidence to show progress of business)
  • Upload it to YouTube
  • Go to PITCH2WIN application page to add the YouTube link
  • Submit your application for approval and receive as many UPVOTEs as possible from friends/ families via social media daily for 30 days (1UpVote= 1 point, 1 DownVote=(-1 point)) – This is a test of your ability to market yourself
  • After Round 1, the Top 20 Pitches move to the Final Round- where only PITCH2WIN Panel of Judges (business experts) will decide who wears the crown and takes the cheque- PITCH2WIN 2015 SEASON 1 EPISODE 1promises to be fun and rewarding!

Remember to be confident and speak out to PITCH2WIN!

Visit www.angelstartups.com.ng for more information and gear up for the journey of a thousand miles starts NOW!

TIPS TO PARTICIPANTS
This is what investors want to see in your Pitch:

  • Confidence- Charisma
  • Clarity of Purpose
  • Vision/ Goal oriented
  • Legally feasible, commercially viable ideas
  • Potentially lucrative- the returns on investment

So here is it:
In 2 minutes your Pitch MUST try to answer these questions?

  1. What problem are you trying to solve?- Make sure it is a well-defined problem
  2. Who are those that face/ experience this problem?- Make sure this is a well-defined Target Market (TM), Don’t go Generic here please!
  3. Then, how does your product/ service solve this problem for those people (TM)?
  4. Then, investors want to know how your business/ idea intends to make money to sustain itself- Here talk about your pricing model & why
  5. Finally, investors want to be convinced you can actually translate all those theories into reality, so take them through your Proof Points (USP)- these could include customer growth, revenue potential, quality management team, quality clients, et al

Note: Try to be as brief and concise as possible

All the best!

 

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20. July 2015 by Morgan Bunmi
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7 things Every NYSC Corp Member Should Do After POP

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Good To Go!

I understand the excitement of Corp members on passing out of service. You are so excited, you want the whole world to know. A lot of people show this by sharing their POP pictures and NYSC Certificates on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, BBM etc.

You won’t have to go for the CDS again, no more khaki trousers, no more of
those heavy orange boots,and for some, no more issues with your LI and so on and so forth. You just can’t wait to pick your NYSC Certificate and run!. The Big question is, run to where?

The truth is, it’s tougher out there in the Nigerian Labour Market. As a Corper, at least you had a monthly income. But after POP, if not retained at your work place, many of you will go income-less (if there’s a word like that) and hop into the world of job search.

The bad news is: Nobody really cares about you. It’s cold and rough out there and that’s not funny. The good news? I care in my own little way. Consequently, I’ve compiled 7 tips to help you in this process.

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13. July 2015 by Morgan Bunmi
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7 Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Twenties

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There are so many well-hidden traps that can stop all momentum, growth and success in your twenties. And you can fall into one of these pitfalls without even realizing it, and then stay stuck well into your 30s, 40s, 50s … you get where I’m going.

Now that I’ve successfully freaked us all out, let’s talk about these pitfalls and how we avoid them.

Pitfall No. 1: Thinking Your Circumstances Define You

If you start believing “Well, this is my lot in life and I can’t do anything about it,” then you are more than stuck. Really, this pitfall makes all other pitfalls nonexistent because you never walk far enough forward to even have a chance at failing at anything else.

Don’t be cemented in your circumstances. They change all the time. We all have crappy subplots we need to work through. Don’t let them become your main story.

Yes, we need to do the tough work of self-examination. But we can’t perpetually analyze our lives without any action to move us forward.

It’s really hard to step into your future if you don’t believe you have one.

Pitfall No. 2: Settling

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13. July 2015 by Morgan Bunmi
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6 Anti-Social Android Apps To Fight Your Mobile Addiction

Featured imageWhat’s the last thing you look at before going to sleep at night? What’s the first thing you see upon waking up? You’re constantly aware of where it is, you avoid eye contact by pulling it out to refresh Instagram, and you’re starting to feel phantom notification buzzes in your pocket.

Smartphone addiction is considered “normal” these days. We’re all dopamine junkies, and that magical ping of a new notification sends everyone’s favorite drug straight to the central nervous system.

Apps are great, mobile adds a ton to our lives – we wouldn’t give them up for the world. But if you’ve noticed the quality of your engagement with the world around you plummeting, and you’re ready to do something about it, here are six Android apps to help you fight your mobile addiction.

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23. June 2015 by Morgan Bunmi
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4 Anti-Social iPhone Apps To Fight Your Mobile Addiction

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What’s the last thing you look at before going to sleep at night? What’s the first thing you see upon waking up? You’re constantly aware of where it is, you avoid eye contact by pulling it out to refresh Instagram, and you’re starting to feel phantom notification buzzes in your pocket.

Smartphone addiction is considered “normal” these days. We’re all dopamine junkies, and that magical ping of a new notification sends everyone’s favorite drug straight to the central nervous system.

Apps are great, mobile adds a ton to our lives – we wouldn’t give them up for the world. But if you’ve noticed the quality of your engagement with the world around you plummeting, and you’re ready to do something about it, here are four iPhone apps to help you fight your mobile addiction.

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23. June 2015 by Morgan Bunmi
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If Facebook Started in Nigeria

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Imagine Mark Zuckerberg – CEO of Facebook was a Nigerian, living in Nigeria. He’d have attended Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) where he’d have had the idea for Facebook (or Slumbook or whatever). Excited, he will develop a website and test it with a few of his roommates (and squatters). This is great! They will tell him. Emboldened by these comments, he will go on to expand the capabilities of the website to involve all the students of OAU. The popularity of the site will be so much that OAU’s archaic servers will shut down.
Enraged, the VC of OAU will call Mark and sharply reprimand him for ‘wasting precious time’ when he should have been studying. Then he will go on to recount how Great Ife (OAU) always produced First-Class students who could compete academically with their peers from all over the world (emphasis on academically). Mark will then be given a two-week suspension to cool his blood and serve as a lesson to other non-conforming students.

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18. June 2015 by Morgan Bunmi
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Nomophobia: The Age Of Smartphone Addiction

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Zuckerberg said it all at this year’s Mobile World Congress: “Mobile is me. Mobile is everyone. Mobile is everything.” Mobile devices have revolutionized the entire world, drastically changing the way we relate to our environment and ourselves.

Smartphone fever

Since the arrival of smartphone fever somewhere around 2010, the use of mobiles has merged so completely with our daily routine that our phones are an extension of our very arms. We can’t live without them. They must be in our hands every minute, of every day.

Studies show that the average user checks their phone 150 times daily on it, numbers that seem unreal until we begin to calculate our own.

Eating-Phone

Although initially we might assume that mobile addiction is exclusively true for the young’uns, reality tells us otherwise. Users between 35-54 years old aren’t immune from this affliction. Neither is there much difference between the genders, though studies show that women are somewhat more prone to smartphone addiction.

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18. June 2015 by Morgan Bunmi
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Become a world class developer at Learn Code

 

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Here’s a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in software development!

Local startup Learn Code is hosting a free get-paid as you train program for software developers.

Become a world class developer, work with reputable companies in Abuja and Lagos.

In order to participate, you must apply at LearnCodeLab

This opportunity ends soon so don’t miss out!

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15. June 2015 by Morgan Bunmi
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