Employee Spotlight – Joseph Samson, Hybrid Centre Operations Officer, Cars45 Maraba Centre Abuja

Tell us about what a typical day looks like for you at the office?

It’s usually fun because I love what I do. My personality does not revolve around my current reality, as I am looking to the future. I have always aspired to work in the automotive industry, so you won’t catch me wearing a frown at work. I love what I do. My morning commute sees me take about 3 to 4 cabs to get work and an average of two and a half hours but truth is that I am not bothered. It’s part of life and I have done it comfortably since my posting to Maraba in March this year.

 

How has Cars45 helped you in your career development?

I am a Mechanical Engineer by training and had gained some exposure since my IT days by working at various automobile workshops. This was where my love for the industry was ignited. Working at Cars45 has exposed me a lot and helped me gained speed and experience. I dare say that it is one of the best things that has happened to me as I have had the opportunity to work on different brands and models of cars. Secondly, having operated as a self-taught hybrid professional in Cars45 has also built me. This is a very solid training ground that has set me up for life. I can see the big picture.

 

What are 3 words you’d use to describe life at Cars45?

Challenging, Fun and Grooming-Ground.

 

What is the most challenging thing that you have ever had to do on this job?

Sometime in November 2018, my then Centre Operations Officer, Sales failed show up to work one day. I was hired and trained as a Centre Operations Officer, Technical to inspect and grade vehicles. I had never created a car on the database or joined in negotiations to buy cars. And so, on that day at the Gwarinmpa Centre, I picked up her laptop, created the car, inspected and purchased the car. It was very tough, challenging to do that but at the end of the day, it was gratifying. Since then, I had become a hybrid personnel, working across different centres in Abuja for about a year now. It is also interesting to see the business has started to adopt the hybrid model.

 

What is your favorite thing about working at Cars45? 

If the work doesn’t challenge my personality, I won’t do it. That’s my personal creed. I am not a sucker for doing “normal” things or saying that’s how it has always been done – formulaic approach to work. That’s not me. Some of us are meant to create a path and others can follow. And working in Cars45 forces you to always approach issues from a non-conventional standpoint and it has added value to my life.

 

 

Tell us a little about yourself?

I am from Kogi state. Grew up among seven children and the first son. My dad was a king, which makes me a heir apparent – a prince of the Kingdom. I wanted to be a medical doctor and then I met a lady who spoke to me about using my creative abilities which hitherto had been deployed to making unserviceable gadgets function again. This led me to study Mechanical Engineering and I served with Oyo state Ministry of Works and Transport. Two months after my NYSC, I got a call in August 2017 to join Cars45.  I love automobiles and farming.

 

What three traits define you?

Doer. Dogged commitment. Creative

 

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

Farming

 

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

Well in my short time in this space, I have been privileged to meet so many influential people who have needed my services or expertise at some point but if I had to chose one person, that will be our CEO, Etop. There are a lot of things that I would love to learn from him especially around auto trading and the industry in general. I love the zeal and fire he carries when he’s talking automotive.

 

How do you define success?

Success is not by what your gain but by what you become. I am not moved by material acquisitions. Every day when I go to work, I ask myself what – will I be remembered for when I leave this place? This is what drives me. Its not by what I have in my account but what I am becoming. Will what I have become at the end of the day be beneficial to people? How many lives will I affect? Success is about impacting lives.

 

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