It was a struggle trying to balance school and the WAVE program – Balogun Muyideen

Balogun Muyideen was among the cohorts of batch 5.3 who attended WAVE’s training program when WAVE collaborated with Apapa Local Government in 2018. During his undergraduate days at the Lagos State Polytechnic, he worked for three different organizations – received #40,000 altogether as stipend – to earn a living as well as cater for his educational expenses such as buying books and other research materials.

In the mid of his academic session at Lagos State Polytechnic, Muyideen heard about WAVE from a staff of Apapa Local Government and decided to join the program. His aim to join the program was to be enlightened and set a career map for himself. As he uttered verbatim, “My aim to join the program was to be enlightened, be focused and set a career path for myself after graduating from Lagos State Polytechnic.” 

Muyideen was trained at the Apapa local government where he was exposed to soft-skill training such as team-work, problem-solving and time-management. For him, the training was highly educative, inspiring and worth the sacrifice. He struggled to round off the training, despite the fact that his schooling activities were highly demanding.

When coming in for the program, Muyideen’s expectation was to receive soft skill training but, this expectation changed at the end of the program – “I expected to be enlightened on soft skill training but after the WAVE program, I discovered my innate ability and developed a concrete roadmap to pursue my career. The training was an eye-opener,” he said.

Moving from his comfort zone, Muyideen diversifies his career from marketing to the engineering field. He currently works as a field engineer at Veiny (a telecommunication company), where he applied time management skills learned at WAVE. As he stated, “As a field engineer, you are supposed to arrive at the field in-time unless you are ready to lose your job. I apply time management on my job daily and all thanks to WAVE.” His delight at his current work is that “there is an avenue to learn new things as well as enjoy the welfare accompanied with the job.”

As WAVE changes his narrative, Muyideen advises job-seekers to focus on gathering the required skills and knowledge such as attending the WAVE training program. Balogun Muyideen dreams to be a marketing manager and he is currently gathering the required skills in his current place of work.

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