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Ileri Ogunfiditimi
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"There's no one standing over you with a stick watching everything you do."

What have been the most defining moments along your career path?

Getting a temp job with a company I liked and then having an opportunity open up for me to become a fulltime employee within that company was a defining moment for me.

How did you get your big breaks?

I started temping at The Wilderness Society. They are very selective in the employment process, but once you get in they trust you. It took me awhile to get in here. I had temped here for I guess maybe eight months or so before they hired me. I had to prove that I could do the work. They are very selective with who works here. But once you get your foot in the door, you can pretty much trust that they trust you to be responsible and do what you need to do to get the work done that you need to do. This position opened and I applied. Luckily they were impressed with my performance as a temp, so I was hired.

What was the best advice you received when you were first starting out in your career?

Even entry-level employees have a lot of responsibilities and bring everything you have to the job.

What have you learned from your experience?

I would say that it's good for an applicant to be him/herself (during the interview) and ask questions that they really want to know. I think sincerity speaks for itself. If they show that they are sincerely interested, then that alone will spill over and the employee will recognize that. ?

What most excites you about your job right now?

I like working for the wilderness society because it's a casual organization, and it's a progressive organization and they welcome input and they encourage you to be active and proactive and there's room for growth here. There's no one standing over you with a stick watching everything you do. They pretty much empower you to make your own decisions, and that even includes the work that we do. You do have to get your work done, but that's the most important thing. Even though they do have evaluations, they still leave the door open so that you're your own person. You really have to be disciplined, and they treat everyone like an adult. I think that may be the thing that sets us apart from other organizations in the industry- not everyone in the environmental industry is like this the wilderness society is a good place to work.?

On a scale of 1-10, how relevant was your academic major to your career? (1=not at all, 10=absolutely essential)

5

What would you like to have achieved by the last day of your career?

There's still some more things for me that I need to learn and I would like to go back to school soon.

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