This thing called CAREER

This thing called Career

A job is a course of daily engagement that is performed in exchange for value monetary and otherwise. A career takes the shape of a job but has the advantage of long-term vision and purpose. It is the choice between these that makes the most significant difference in today’s marketplace.

Two individuals with identical qualifications will end up in two different places, depending on the choices they make: Employee/Entrepreneur growth rate analysis

To pursue a paycheck tends to mean following the highest bidder never staying at one place long enough to truly grow. The person that does this will often rise very quickly, switching jobs every other year in search of higher positions and paychecks. The drawback of this course is that the individual peaks very quickly, and gets trapped under the glass ceiling of corporate success.

To pursue a career is to take on the challenge of commitment that goes beyond a monthly paycheck; enduring salary reductions, market changes and less-than-ideal workplace situations in search of the invaluable: experience, knowledge and expertise. This course has its drawbacks too following this path will often mean a longer and tougher journey to the top of the ladder.

It is not an easy choice, but we hope the following distinctions will help:

  • Career is built on passion while jobs are borne of necessity.
  • A job is done primarily out of obligation while a career is done with zeal.
  • Anyone can have a job, but only a person with a clear vision and direction for their life has a career.

Passion, zeal and clarity of vision are distinct markers that separate careers from jobs.  To quote Benjamin Franklin, The secret of success is the constancy of purpose. To be successful and to create timeless wealth, one must find a purposeful career and follow through with it.  Great men who have made a difference did not get there just because they had jobs, but because they lived lives of purpose and passion by building sustainable careers.

One may make a few mistakes and dilly dally in a few jobs before the right career path is discovered, but once it is, you must stay the course until you achieve the success you desire.

If your interest is in working at Heritage Bank, kindly email your CV to, visit the career page for more information.

L-R: Dr. Sophia Horsefall, Corporate Relations Manager, SPDC; Osepiribo Ben-Willie, Executive Director of Heritage Bank and Ivy Davies-Etokakpan, President of Eveafrique News at the Women Must Conference 2.0, titled “The Woman and Her Must” organised by The Kilali Tribe held in Port Harcourt.


Heritage Bank is agent for actualisation of SDG 5-Gender Equality, women empowerment – Kilali Tribe

05/12/2022:  Heritage Bank has been commended for being an agent for the actualisation of Sustainable Development Goals SDG 5 – Gender Equality, as well women empowerment for socio-economic growth.

This was stated by Kilali Tribe at the Women Must Conference 2.0, titled “The Woman and Her Must” organised by The Kilali Tribe which held in Port Harcourt.

The Kilali Tribe is an association of prolific Rivers and Bayelsa State women who come together to support themselves through peer learning, capacity-building initiatives, networking, and mentoring. Also, provide similar structured support to other women within the community.

Speaking at the event, Ivy Davies-Etokakpan, President of Eveafrique News who also member of Kilali Tribe, commended Heritage Bank for taking the lead in championing the empowerment of women over the years in the country.

“We are proud of Heritage Bank for making us soar while promoting women empowerment. Over the years, Heritage Bank has proved to be an agent for the actualisation of achieving SDG 5 – Gender Equality, as well women empowerment,” she said.

The Executive Director of Heritage Bank, Osepiribo Ben-Willie affirmed the need to deliberately adopt measures to deepen women empowerment to drive the nation’s socio-economic growth.

In her closing remarks, Osepiribo Ben-Willie hinted that the Conference had leveraged Kilali Tribe to come up with blueprint in promoting women’s equal right to socio-economic empowerment, as this is at the heart of the SDG5-Gender Equality.

The Executive Director of Heritage Bank affirmed that women all over have proved to be huge economic asset in the act of creation of a new sustainable economy, hence gender inclusiveness and women’s empowerment must be taken as a priority.

According to her, after evaluating the bottlenecks restraining the Kilali Tribe and other women to attain the platforms to grow professionally and thrive in all spheres of t heeconomy, it is a call to action to “tackle the challenges of gender disparity and lack of inclusiveness that have continued to impede the expected rapid economic empowerment that could help unshackle our women’s entrepreneurial prowess and foster more representation for women and girls at decision-making forums and Board levels in comparison to their peers in the developed countries.”

Ben-Willie added that for women to emerge economically and socially as independent there was an urgent need to tackle psychological, social and skill constraints.

Collaborating Ben-Willie’s, the Co-founder and former Group Executive Director of Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, advocated for women and girl inclusiveness across all sectors of the society, including economic participation and decision-making.

According to him, the country should be conscious of gender equality, whilst emphasising that dealing with the psychological constraint will enable women to be balanced emotionally.

He stressed the need for organisation to leverage women positions on Board level, as they are resourceful and could enormously impact to the growth of any society.

Cole also charged women in being deliberate to position and champion course that would put them at the forefront of making difference. //END.//

Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications