Our genYOU Story No. 36 features Adekemi Omomo! Adekemi (Kemi) has some awesome advice for her peers on how small steps reap greater rewards than nothing at all and the value of strong connections.
Name: Adekemi Omomo
Current Role: Final year International Business student at Griffith University and intern at Griffith International!
Could you tell us a bit about yourself and where you are headed in your career right now?
Currently I am in my final year of an International Business Degree at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. About half-way through my degree I began to develop an interest in supply chain, particularly in procurement and business purchasing.
I recently landed my first internship with Griffith International where I’m undertaking a project to optimise the department’s purchasing processes. It’s exciting to have been given the opportunity to test out my knowledge in the field.
Ultimately, I’m striving to advance the feasibility of sustainable procurement practises and purchasing decisions within large firms.
Like any 21-year-old who lives on the Gold Coast, I love the ocean. The water gives me a sense of clarity that can help distract from some of the stresses of university. I also enjoy dancing, good food and lively social events.
How has or how is generationYOU helping you achieve your goals?
I have always had the aspiration to improve my networking skills. Other seminars I have attended stress the importance of networking but don’t truly explain how to foster the relationship. One of my favourite events: “Growing and nurturing your network” gave me the tools to network with intent and purpose. The generationYOU events have facilitated the immediate practice of these skills with speakers and participants alike.
Overall, the genYOU events have given me greater confidence in knowing that I am not alone in my career journey. It’s a relief to hear other participants that are at the same stage as me or where I hope to be in the future.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
My biggest inspiration would have to be my father. He is determined and motivated, which has largely influenced how I approach my personal growth as an adult. He has cemented in me the importance of soft or transferrable skills that support both my career journey and my everyday life. I see personal growth as a journey that we chip away at every day. The following equation I found is a great example of that:
1.00365 = 1.00
1.01365 = 37.7!
Even the tiniest of effort put into each day reaps greater rewards than nothing at all.
What is the one piece of advice you would love to share with your peers as you reflect on your own journey?
I would say that the reinvention of a popular saying into “it’s not who you know, but who knows you”. One of the genYOU events taught me this and since then I have begun to notice its importance in my life.
For example, my internship was, in part, offered to me as a result of involving myself in the university community. Make yourself known in the communities you are a part of and opportunities may to pop up.