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Careers in Africa


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Careers in Africa

  1. 1. Welcome to the Evisors Webinar Visit us online at Careers in Africa featuring Mambi Madzivire Hosted by: Career Advisors on
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. Any Questions? • Feel free to ask me about – the job search – working environment – living environment – useful resources Hosted by:See the rest at
  11. 11. Questions & Answers Question 1: Looking at entities like the IMF/World Bank, do they have careers in Africa? Hosted by:See the answer at
  12. 12. Questions & Answers Question 2: Can you provide some insight on personal safety within Africa? Hosted by:See the answer at
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Questions & Answers Question 4: Are there any regions that are more receptive to MBA candidates? Hosted by:See the answer at
  15. 15. Questions & Answers Question 5: Do you have any media related to African news or career opportunities? Hosted by:See the answer at
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. Thanks for Joining & Good Luck! Hosted by:See the rest at