Godsarm Onukwufor, is the purchasing and contracting officer, at Plant Engineering Nigeria Limited. The 28 year old, who grew up in Ebonyi state, holds a degree in Accountancy from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka as well as a professional qualification from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management of Nigeria (CIPSMN). He shares his experiences and job searching skills below.
How did you get your current job?
After NYSC, I applied to several organisations and Plant Engineering was one of them. I got invited to the selection process – tests, interviews, etc. It was very tough but I scaled through by the grace of God.
Did you have to undergo any training, seeing as your degree is in a totally different area?
The beauty of a degree in Accountancy is that you are able to fit into several areas of a business. Although I have attended a number of capacity building programmes within the country and internationally, the bulk of my training has been on the job. I also went for the professional training with Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management of Nigeria (CIPSMN), which helped tremendously.
What challenges have you faced on the job?
Well, I learned on the Job which led to some seriously embarrassing mistakes. But I am lucky to have a boss who dedicated his time and effort (up till now) to help me and the rest of the team overcome any challenges we face.
How have you been able to develop yourself?
Let’s just say, that I keep an open mind and ask questions when things aren’t clear. I also read a lot, especially articles related to my field. Google is my best friend.
You grew up in Afikpo, Ebonyi state. How easy was it for you to adapt to the pace of life in Port Harcourt?
I came to Port Harcourt for my NYSC, so I already had a whole year to adjust to life in the big city. I have been enjoying the city, so far.
What do you do for fun?
I sing, write and talk!!!
What would you tell a young job seeker?
Seek God first. Decide early what you want to do, in terms of career. Apply for vacancies, prepare for interviews thoroughly. And most importantly, remember to constantly develop yourself, while you wait for your dream job.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
I see myself married, preaching and of course still working hard.