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    Careers in Africa Careers in Africa Presentation Transcript

    • Welcome to the Evisors Webinar Visit us online at www.evisors.com Careers in Africa featuring Mambi Madzivire Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
    • Careers in Africa About Mambi Why Work in Africa? Why Not Work in Africa? Types of Organizations Finding the Job Landing the Job Keep in Mind Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
    • About Mambi • MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business (2011) • PhD, Mayo Clinic (2009) • Variety of work experiences – Medical equipment repair training initiative in El Salvador – Distribution strategy for a start-up medical device company in India – Independent consulting in Human Centered Design in the U.S. and Zimbabwe – Private equity operations in Liberia and Nigeria Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
    • Why Work in Africa? • Hard working, driven people • Creativity and innovation abounds – necessity really is the mother of invention • Young, growing population • Growing business opportunities – there are many challenges, and the solution space is still quite open • Small contributions can have a big impact • Tremendous learning opportunities Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
    • Why Not Work in Africa? • You may have to give up/work harder/pay more for things that are taken for granted – reliable internet – constant electricity supply – certain types of food • Cost of living can be high – rent – fuel/utilities • If you have a low tolerance for – change – relationship based culture – inefficiency Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
    • Types of Organizations • Non profit/NGO • Public Sector – government advisory • For profit – large multinationals (e.g. GE, Unilever, Nokia, Barclays, Google) – pan-African (e.g. Innscor, Ecobank, DSTV) – national (e.g. Safaricom, Dangote) • Investment – venture capital – private equity – impact investing • Entrepreneurship • Research/Academia Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
    • Finding the Job • Networking is KEY – Multinationals do advertise online, but many interesting jobs are advertised through word of mouth – At school • Join the African students club • Take Africa related classes – professors can be a huge help in finding jobs • Leverage the alumni network – At school/work • Join professional societies • LinkedIn, Twitter, blogs, magazines/publications • Attend conferences • Use a professional search firm (particularly for more experienced professionals) • Find a way to get on the ground (internship, pro bono consulting, short term work assignment) Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/56
    • Landing the Job • Highlight what you bring to the table – technical skill (e.g. programming, finance) – industry experience (e.g. healthcare, FMCG, telecoms) – functional expertise (e.g. logistics, advertising, strategy, operations) – qualifications (e.g. PhD, MBA, MA, MS, JD) – language (English, French, Portuguese, local languages) • Be conversant in the specific challenges that affect your industry or country of interest • Display open-mindedness and willingness to learn Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/56
    • Keep in Mind • Africa is not a country – each region and country can vary substantially – understand the cultural differences so that you can choose a country that’s the best fit – target the right country for the role/industry you want • Relationships are vital – maintaining a good reputation is critical – make an effort to understand the relationships between people, as this may influence decisions, behaviours and attitudes – be confident, but not condescending Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/56
    • Any Questions? • Feel free to ask me about – the job search – working environment – living environment – useful resources Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/56
    • Questions & Answers Question 1: Looking at entities like the IMF/World Bank, do they have careers in Africa? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/56
    • Questions & Answers Question 2: Can you provide some insight on personal safety within Africa? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/56
    • Questions & Answers Question 3: Are employers more open to candidates with previous job experience as opposed to career-switchers? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/56
    • Questions & Answers Question 4: Are there any regions that are more receptive to MBA candidates? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/56
    • Questions & Answers Question 5: Do you have any media related to African news or career opportunities? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/56
    • Questions & Answers Question 6: Based on your experience in Africa, what did you like the most? What did you like the least? What was most surprising to you? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/56
    • Thanks for Joining & Good Luck! Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/56