Welcome to Meeting Jenny Chisom: Professionally Part 2. It is a continuation from HERE, if you missed it. Follow me on Blackberry to get updates.
I started my career as a teacher (you see why i'm always lecturing). My first work experience was as a Teacher and Administrator because it was the best and most recommended job by my mum *grinning*.
The school I worked at, Jethro schools, was owned by my mum and I worked there through holidays from school and while on transit from Secondary school into the University. I learnt how important educating children was, especially children from poor backgrounds as my mum didn't spare to give me responsibilities, being a public secondary school teacher herself.
(She was in the habit of admitting children whose parents couldn't pay their fees and I was the 'tyrant' trying to insist they must pay up. Lolz)
I taught nursery and primary school classes and learnt child psychology on the job. This was between 1997 and 2003.
My next meaningful job was after my graduation from the university in December 2004, I started working at MTN Connect Aba, the biggest South African owned Telecom Company in Nigeria as a contract staff. I applied to work in the security department (that was the only opening at the time) and didn't mind working with SSCE holders (Non-Nigerian? Google it please) because I hadn't been issued a Bachelor's degree result after my final exams months before.
I unofficially dubbed our job role, 'On-alert Personalities' and it stuck (that's actually what you'd see on my CV)
Our daily task involved issuing tallies for foot traffic, recording vehicle plate numbers and watching out for 'funny' behaviours and would usually raise discreet security alerts to our CSO when the need arose. Luckily, the security outfit we worked directly for, delayed bringing our uniform so we always decked in skirt suits as ladies, so people in Aba (a city south-east Nigeria) didn't know the 'difference' between us and the main Telco staff.
I was quickly absorbed as a "major staff" because I could relate with staff and the telecom operations. I learnt how important professional security roles was for organisations but had to quit the job after 9 months to resume my NYSC in Sokoto State Nigeria on February 14, 2006. (Lovers day ooo, my pipo!)
Any SOKOPA here??? Incidentally, I met one of us at the ministry I visited today in Abuja *excitement galore* .....to be continued
That's me professionally part 2. I blog personally at www.jennychisom.com and corporately at www.logosandaudibles.blogspot.com
Stay tuned for "Meeting Jenny Chisom series" professionally part 3 on Sunday 7pm!
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