By: Banky Lumor
My name is OluwabamikoÃ©lÃ©yi (Donâ€™t even try pronouncing it, shortened to BankolÃ©) Gamaliel Lumor. I go by one of the nicknames I got from my Dad â€œBankyâ€. I graduated from UPEI in May 2014; with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and a specialization in Accounting (to get an extra edge per se).
Like every graduate, I was asked numerous times about my plans after graduation. I had the option of going back home (Nigeria), moving to a different province, beginning the Chartered Professional Accounting Professional Education program (CPAPEP), or just getting a job (be it in my field of study or not). To be honest, I had no idea what I wanted to do, how much money I wanted to make, or if I wanted to stay or leave the Island.
Nevertheless, I needed a post graduate work permit to stay in Canada, so I was technically stuck in a state of limbo on the island. It only took a couple of weeks but it can vary from three weeks to three months to get the permit.
Iâ€™ve been on the island since then, I will remain here for a while. It was a challenge getting an accounting job. As one of my favourite professors (Amy MacFarlane) mentioned â€˜thereâ€™s only about seven positions available on in accounting firms for the 37 graduates in our class so thereâ€™s bound to be some healthy competitionâ€™.
After a couple of Interviews and attempts, I worked odd jobs as a car salesman for three weeks, before getting a job at Invesco working on US mutual funds which was interesting. Â I still felt the pressure from home to visit and kept promising to take a vacation (I procrastinated going home my undergraduate cause it was cheaper to take summer courses and work than spending around $1,500-$3,000 on a flight back home).
Regardless, I also wanted to become a Chartered Accountant, so I enrolled in the CPA program, which I realized I covered my entire accounting knowledge at UPEI in three months and this also put my travel plans on hold.
After a year at Invesco and being enrolled in the CPA program, I switched careers from a financial position to an accounting position at DP Murphy, which is I where I currently work. Itâ€™s been a joy to use software that I never heard of during my time at UPEI. Nevertheless, Iâ€™ve enjoyed the experience and will be visiting home very soon. I did not travel or take a year off after my university degree too; Iâ€™ve cherished all the experiences from people I have met, job skills, and connections I have made.
Finally, looking back to my University days, I realize that probably when you have the most time on your hands to explore your passions, and spend time cultivating life-long relationships, plus you can have the afternoons off productive procrastinating.
Life gets busier, the pressure to start a retirement plan, the steadiness of a 9-5 job schedule (If youâ€™re lucky), and the weekend to accomplish all I procrastinated or spend some time with loved ones.
Truthfully, I do not remember most of the courses, and though I learned important lessons in some classes, Iâ€™d conclude that itâ€™s the people I met that mattered. Being involved in several societies on campus also helped me meet people and gather experiences, or gain knowledge of a different culture. It also helped me build contacts in different cities/provinces, as well as other countries (Japan, Brazil, and the Netherlands among other).
I made it a priority to remember names, and Iâ€™d have tried to build stronger relationships with my professors, theyâ€™re a wealth of knowledge, (youâ€™d might also need them for graduate school recommendations) â˜º
Thatâ€™s my story.