Yes, I got Fired. Journey so far
I started the year 2020 with all hopes high, I had gotten a dream job at one of the top agencies a year before. I was doing my duties diligently, taking up tasks for clients. In February of 2020, the Management decided to reposition the business and some top employees were relieved of their Job because the business wanted to cut its overhead costs.
March 2020, the Corona Virus pandemic hit the world and businesses were greatly impacted. The agency felt that it had to further reduce its workforce as the business wasn’t making high profits to sustain the employee’s overhead costs. Boom!!!. I was invited to a Zoom meeting where the management informed me of my involuntary resignation. It hit me hard as businesses around the world weren’t hiring at that time. I started to doubt my professional skills and expertise. I developed impostor syndrome during this period. This drove me to start acquiring more software, Design and business knowledge.
April 2020, an ex-colleague called me for a volunteer role to drive the design process of his start-up. I started doing Brand and communications Design for them where I was involved in the branding of the first virtual Student Tech Summit in Africa I continued working and developing my skills in Brand, Communications, Product and the business of Design during this period.
May 2020, I started applying for jobs anywhere I could find one while I freelanced to sustain myself. Yes, I applied to Google and Apple the stakes were now higher than before. My target was the big Silicon Valley companies. During this month an employer reached out to me on Linkedin that they were hiring for a role at his company and I was happy to take the role. During the interview process, I was more confident than ever. I was delighted to directly be interviewed by the CEO of the company then we got talking he asked about my sexual orientation and it ended as a toasting session. I got the job but had to turn it down.
June 2020, I applied to a top silicon valley company, I was shocked that they got back to me. I was excited that I had my first dollar paying job. I did all the stages of the interview got the Job. some weeks later the employer mailed me that they were sorry that they just realized that I was in Nigeria and they were not hiring in my region at the moment. I was down and depressed.
July 2020, I had applied to over 200 foreign companies with lots of rejections, Then I tried to apply to Nigerian firms. I applied to this Consulting Firm at Ikeja, at the interview the Managing Director tried to break me, he said that he expected more from me because we attended the same university. He talked low about my work and concluded I Wasn’t good enough but I was the best candidate, he then offered 30% of my previous salary. I didn’t compromise I thanked him for his time and I politely left the company. I kept interviewing with a lot of turned down offers and rejections.
On September 14, I got an offer of employment from MAX after a very lengthy interview process. All I knew about MAX was that it was a delivery service. I had a week to resume at the Lekki office. To be honest MAX employment came as a surprise as it was one of the trials and error applications that I had made. It came at a point that I doubted my professional skills.
On 21st September, A new Journey started. I resumed at the MAX and the HR team ran me through my on-boarding process. It seemed like an interesting challenge where I can help change the design face of MAX. I was given my first task and I delivered brilliantly. After a week at MAX, I had to report at the IBADAN Office which was a part of my on-boarding ritual. The on-boarding was a smooth process,
Nov 2020, I felt that I had got a grasp of the Business till one of the managers called me and my team-lead which were new employees. He gave us feedback and he had some former employees take us on the marketing process of the firm. I felt furious and insulted it brought back my impostor syndrome, I had lost total confidence in my work I felt like escaping after 2 months till I shared my predicament with my flatmate and he made me understand that I was one of the best hands that he had worked with as he was once my team-lead at PRINTIVO. I got my confidence back continued designing till I had an understanding of the brand. I began to wear many hats at the company by taking on more responsibilities.
My time at MAX has been a period of mixed feelings. I create designs that help Nigerians have access to mobility and make ends meet for themselves. I have continued to take on roles in the company. Tuesday 21st of this September became a year at MAX. it has been a period of LAUGHTER, TEARS and GOOSEBUMPS.
Those that are considered successful also experience Lows. Don’t give up because of your setbacks.