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Oluwaseun Esq. @SeunEsq
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So i promised to make a tweet about how i got into finance yesterday. So here goes.
Intro: I graduated from OAU with a 2:2 & a 2:1 from Law school (Lagos), served in a village in Cross River (nearly died, another story) and worked in a small law firm in Ugep during NYSC
So I already had a weak hand. Fresh from NYSC, I went to work in a law firm (litigation & property) in Oshogbo for 15k a month in Jan 2014. My spirit was low at that point. I left after 3 months. Partnered with a friend, mostly property law in rural/semi-urban areas
While doing that, i focused on getting into finance. At first I wanted to get into a corporate finance law firm like Detail, Aluko & Oyebode, Banwo & Ighodalo but i realized my chances of that were next to nil as i lived in Osogbo/Ibadan and had a weak record
I took another route, I started reading on finance. I reached out on here and got in touch with people in investment banking. Through this, i got in touch with @tundeoladosu who directed me on the steps to take. I enrolled for the Financial Modelling course then at @edubridge_ng
That was for 7 weeks and i was travelling between Lagos & Ibadan/Osogbo nearly every week during this period. I focused on building a knowledge base. I started my day with reading @proshare which i followed with @dealbook then @BV @business @ReutersBiz @TheEconomist
This really helped when i enrolled for the Edubridge program as i could follow the concepts more easily, only thing i didn't have was the technicals.
I learnt Advanced Excel use, financial and business modelling, financial research techniques & sources, Powerpoint & so much more
I concluded the program and started job hunting. I was back in Osogbo. It was depressing at first sending CVs and getting no replies. Someone sent out a job opening to all of us that attended the @edubridge_ng program and i sent my CV although i didn't have much hope
I went for the interview and of those of us at the interview, I had the weakest academic record. I was battling with people who had first class degrees in Economics, Accounting, Finance etc 😬
I did well but was still surprised I got to the second stage. I aced the second stage and waited on a response from the company. That was the last working week of December cos i remember they were having their end of year party that day.
I waited all through the holidays, even spent the holidays at a friend's in Lagos. I was so anxious. I reached out in early January and was told they would get back to me. I decided to go back home.
A week later i was told to come pick up my appointment letter and that's how I started work as an Investment banking & legal analyst @PlanetCapital.
I had the best time there working on great deals. I worked on bonds, mutual fund & equity issuance, M&A, private debt & equity deals. I even traded bonds & treasury bills. I had insight into nearly every facet of finance while there for barely 3 years. It was a great experience
I'm not sure this route might be the optimal way to get into investment banking for other lawyers. But if you already work in a corporate/commercial law firm, t should be way easier for you to get in, just learn the technical aspects (Financial Modelling and the rest)
You can start with a Udemy or Cousera course to learn the basics and enroll in programmes like @edubridge_ng to be properly grounded. Best wishes in your journey
So an addendum (I am a shameless plug) I presently lead on Investments, Portfolio & Compliance for @FunemaGroup a venture development and business consultancy. We advise startups & small businesses on every aspect of the business life-cycle from ideation to growth down to exit.
Funema is headed by the cerebral @TeleDaveDeko who was formerly with Seedstars SA as a Venture Mentor and headed Seedstars Academy in Nigeria. If you are in the startup/venture capital scene in Nigeria, you would have met him or heard of him. He's not vocal on here though
Do you have an idea for a product or business, you don't know how to go about it @FunemaGroup will handle it. Do you want to increase your profitability, you don't know how to price your products or you are a technical founder who has little grasp of business, we can handle that
Do you want to raise funding or make a pitch to an investor, it's our expertise. Do you struggle with growth in your business, we will hack it. Are your margins lower than that of your peers, we will find out why & block any leakages. Do you need help with your business model?
Do you have any other issue with your business or you want to market-validate your idea in the market, reach out for this and more to us here @FunemaGroup or me. You can also email me: seun@funemagroup.com
You might have heard of our imprint @InnovateFoundry Innovation foundry which runs our 5 Founder series, a session for startup/SME founders where we discuss and interact on profitability issues for businesses . Check us out at innovationfoundry.institute or medium.com/@innovatefound…
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