Ikenna had definitely not been around a while; he had spent the last six years working, getting a masters degree and hopefully, finding the woman he would spend the rest of his life with; he had been really ‘busy’ and every time he went on leave, it was for a purpose: exams, family functions, Christmas holidays, his research project e.t.c. There was just never time for Ikenna.
Day one of his three weeks leave, Ikenna stayed in bed and did absolutely nothing. Kate, oh Kate, she had become his life; she would stop by on her way back from work and be worried sick that he hadn’t had proper food all day so he managed to take a bath at 4pm, and reached for his bag of casuals to pick something to wear. All the clothes looked new, he really hadn’t worn casuals in a while, he smiled. He chose a pair of shorts and a t-shirt Kate got him on her last vacation. She had always insisted on traveling to some place new during her leave periods no matter how short it was. She was so right, one day outside his normal routine and he felt free already.
He began a frantic search for some place to eat a decent meal, something local and spicy. He was barely two blocks away from home when he heard someone call out his name from a moving vehicle, it was James, they used to be really close before Ikenna landed his job, in fact, James was instrumental in getting his job at MesoPrim, he always knew where the opportunities were, how to align one’s experience to job requirements and how to get your CV through the doors that matter. Jaammmeeesss, Ikenna said, smiling ear to ear as he walked towards the black CRV, he wasn’t surprised at the car, the guy was a top notch information ‘utilizer;’ nothing happened without his knowledge. James had parked the car and hopped out. They walked into each other’s embrace, obviously excited to see each other.
They stood by the car and did some catching up and after fifteen minutes of what seemed like forever, Ikenna was headed back home with two top management job advert sheets in hand, three glaring business opportunities he could take advantage of, two conferences to attend within the next one month, information on a few trainings with which he could step up his game and a promise to meet with James at the weekend, one he had no intentions of breaking. James never ceased to amaze him; how did he know so much? How did he keep up with all these? Ikenna’s appetite for food had vanished, one day outside his cocoon and he was overwhelmed. So much had happen, so much more going on and yet more possibilities stared him in the face. All he wanted now was more, more out of life, more out of himself, more into his bank account.
He had known for a while that after six years with MesoPrime Ltd, that he needed to move but he didn’t know how. He had become comfortable; used to the security and flexibility, familiar with the people and processes, locked away in his world. it is time to move, he said to himself as he entered his self-contained room. Kate came in thirty minutes after to meet her man deep in thought, he looked sad. She had ‘dundun’ and pepper sauce with smoked fish in hand, like she knew he hadn’t taken a proper meal into his system all day. Babe, he said as she leaned forward to give him a peck, I saw James today, I’ve been ‘locked away’ for way too long, I need to move. She smiled understandingly and looking at him with confident assurance, all she said was and move you will. She knew James, he had that effect on people. She had waited so long for this; she knew Ikenna was smart and had tried a couple of times to suggest career moves to him but she needed him to come to himself, to make the decision to break free, to awaken to the reality that the future can no longer be imagined, it has to be built.
By the weekend, James helped Ikenna straighten out his CV and aligned it to the job roles for the two openings he had shown him earlier. Ikenna applied for the jobs and the applications helped him identify critical success factors that could boost his records of achievements and position him for better opportunities. He ran crash courses in the two weeks that followed and determined to make a mark at MesoPrime within one month of his resumption. He also started a tech blog highlighting innovations, comparing devices, and giving advice on simple ways to fix common faults with devices. He committed two hours every evening to enriching his page and publicizing it via social media. Before long, he had market entrants in the technological sector coming to him for adverts and product profiling, for a fee of course.
It was an extremely hectic leave period but it was well worth it. His hard work in the last six years now seemed to finally make sense to him; Kate was very supportive as usual; the blog had been her idea as it didn’t require so much time and it helped him practice his digital marketing skills following one of the trainings he had explored. His work at MesoPrime also improved tremendously. He felt happy, he felt free. A new job didn’t come immediately but in three months he was extremely proud of how much his CV had changed. Numbers were screaming out from every corner and this time, he called James up himself after mailing him his brand new CV; my brother, I’m ready, he said confidently. Ike,I just looked through your CV, replied James, and you’re right on time; a foreign client just requested that I refer a Digital Marketing Country Head and as we speak, he’s nodding at your CV, he continued in a hush tone. Ikenna resumed at the multinational by the following month and made Kate his wife by the end of that year, the rest is history!
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