AGNES NJOROGE, MARKETER

Agnes (alias Aggie or Mware) attended Karen C Primary School, Buruburu Girls High School and Kenyatta University for a Degree in Economics and Finance. She keeps two cats as pets: Penzi and Pendo. Very creative. If she was an animal, it is rather obvious it would have to be a big cat – a tiger. She says it is a beautiful and confident animal.

Aggie’s best quote is: “You attract and manifest whatever corresponds to your inner state,” Eckhart Tolle.

I asked her a few questions about her career:

What do you like about your profession?

I get to meet different people, engage with different brands and actually work to bringing ideas to life. This in particular is the best thing about my profession.

What do you dislike about it?

Nothing at the moment, and I hope it stays that way.

How/why did you choose your profession?

My profession chose me. I have always loved numbers, so I thought I would end up working for a bank or a financial institution. Life had a different route for me. After my first year in campus, I interned for a microfinance bank. I didn’t like or enjoy the scope of work and working hours. When I resumed second year, I got a part time job as an activation girl with a local agency. I went on to be a supervisor and team leader, then got my first job while in third year as a marketer. I knew I found my profession.

Who is your role model?

I look up to women in different fields, who have been able to stand out and create a niche for themselves. Naming a few: Sylvia Mulinge, Martha Karua, Tabitha Karanja and Flora Mutahi.

Why?

The have stood out and positioned themselves as brands. Being among the first in their diverse fields and always making milestones is enviable, especially in a region where women are still not empowered.

What has been the highest point in your career?

Working with a brand and changing how people perceived and viewed it in less than 6 months.

What has been the lowest point in your career?

Just before I found my footing, I thought I had studied the wrong course. I was working in a different field. Over time, however, I have come to use some aspects of my degree.

What mistakes have you made in your career?

I don’t see them as mistakes but as lessons.

Which was the best moment of your life, and why?

This may seem like a text book answer, but every time a client says he is happy with the work I put in a project. I take that to be a defining moment in my life. Hardly do clients complement your work.

What motivates you?

A better today, in comparison to yesterday.

What does mentorship mean to you?

A place where no dream is too big.

What do you do for fun?

I travel, either through books or physically.

What advice would you give young professionals seeking to join your profession?

  1. Network and get mentors in the field you seek to join.
  2. Attend as many professional networking events/clubs as possible. That is where you get to meet the contacts you need.
  3. Believe and the universe in one way or another will give you what you desire.
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