Adetutu used to work as a marketer in a drug company. In between, she was also attending dance classes on days she did not have to go out to make sales.‘. She got tired of the job because it became difficult to sell the drugs as the prices rapidly increase.
Tutu tried to look for a job ‘but since my OND result was not out yet, it was quite difficult, so I continued with my dance classes, and later got involved in fashion designing, all I did before WAVE,” she said.
Tutu got to know about WAVE from her Aunt, who heard from the local community chairman. Coincidentally, her Aunt was also seeking a job and both applied to WAVE but she was screened out owing to age restriction (Aunt was 36). Tutu applied to the centre in Ketu and was admitted into the programme. She was sceptical at the beginning (assuming WAVE was a job agency) but was curious to see it through. “I like to see things to the end. I am a very inquisitive person”. She did not have any expectations but was “hopeful that WAVE would fulfil their promises”(of connecting people to jobs.)
Tutu job shadowed as a waitress and kitchen assistant at The Orchid Bistro where she learned that “exceptional customer service is key.” She enjoyed the opportunity of interning there. Her major challenge was, “the fact that I had to stand for over nine hours because the company has a no-sit-down policy for staff. In fact, they have no chairs.” She said. Some of the skills she learned during the internship period include, time management, multitasking and problem-solving. She believes these three skills would be critical for her dream job as a fashion designer.
After graduation, ‘Tutu secured a job as a personal assistant at a flower store but soon quit owing to consistent salary issues. ‘Tutu currently works at an event and flower company where she particularly enjoys the work environment. When asked the most exciting part of her job, she stated that “it gives me the ability to learn something really new. I know places where people pay close to 300,000 to learn what I know, but it is free for me.” Tutu’s time as a marketer has given her ideas about how to attract interested customers, while her stint as a waitress has also given her the opportunity to know the importance of excellent customer service. She expressed gratitude to WAVE for the chance to acquire these skills, especially because they would be useful to her in the near future.
Her advice to job seekers is to, “start small, gather much experience as you can, while focusing on your dreams.”
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