Citizens Bank Careers
Tope Fasua is an economist, accountant, columnist, author and a consultant. A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Tope studied economics at the Ondo State University where he finished as the best graduating student in his department, faculty and university at large in 1991. He had his second degree, Msc Financial Markets & Derivatives, from the London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. He started his career in 1992 with the defunct Citizens Bank. He later worked with Standard Trust Bank and Equatorial Trust Bank where he rose to the position Principal Manager/ Regional Director (Abuja). With executive education courses from the London Business School and the Harvard University, Tope is a regular economic and financial markets analyst on television. He is the author of the books, CRUSHED! (2011) and THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOUR CAREER DISAPPEARS (2013). The former banker is the CEO of Global Analytics Consulting
In this PART ONE of our 4-part interview Tope discusses his background and banking career.
1. You were one of our facilitators at the JarusHub Career Conference that held in Lagos in September 2013, and many of the participants wondered how someone that belonged in “Generation X” knew so much about almost everything in modern age, from technology to the New Media. In other words, they, who belonged in the Gen Y, ended up being the one that were “old school” during your lecture. What is responsible for this versatility and knowledge of areas people of your generation care less about?
Thanks for considering me worthy of being interviewed and it’s an honour to be able to contribute my quota to the great discussions going on at JarusHub. Versatility? Well, I don’t want to be immodest, but somehow it is no longer a luxury to be versatile. I read and knew a long time ago, that the world would be more and more in need of ‘generalists’ than specialists. They said that generalists are the ones that employ specialists especially if they are able to coordinate the activities of others. Since we all have 24 hours a day to spend, we should try and devote most of that to learning new things and opening up our minds.
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