If you’re getting set from school, the time may be so busy that very many can’t combine academics with anything else. Yet, we have courses that allow students to get engaged with something other than studies. Even where courses are tight up, some candidates can’t just be satisfied with not planning for the future while being busy with academics.
This post is meant for you if you’re a graduate or graduate-to-be who wants to have something doing before going for NYSC.
I like sharing my personal experiences most often. This is because I can say so much about that- since it’s my life story. I also love sharing the experiences of people I know – through them I’ve learned a lot of things. The history of a man is an open book for another man. Hence, what you’re about to read is a product of my personal and borrowed experiences.
1. Attend Educative Seminars
I should have started attending several seminars from my year-one at the Polytechnic. I attended a few but for the fun of it. I never knew it’s a way to build the future in this country. How many such did you attend before your graduation? Maybe none. This is a problem bro.
Even a few that attended such seminars might not see the future at their seats. That’s what probably happened to me. This is why I must warn you and prepare you for what is to come.
Attending seminars should start from campus. And if you have missed that already, you should start listening to radios and reading newspapers to get seminar announcements. This is a good way to start into the future.
There’re countless seminars these days – ranging from a seminar on snails business to online money-making opportunities. It’s your job to find out where you can attend one.
Apart from the youth empowerment seminars, we have educative seminars that may give you an edge over your counterparts while seeking jobs. A company will love to hire a graduate who has some seminar experiences in related fields than someone approaching it empty-handed.
And if you think you may not need your certificates of attendance, what of the experiences? I attended a few before graduation and my certificates of attendance have not directly helped in getting office positions. Yet, while I started Techie Konsult, I used the experiences I acquired in organizing my own pre-JAMB and post JAMB talks – public talks; that my students and those coming will be forever indebted for.
Checking the wall of my offices, I had some certificates of attendance laminated/framed and erected for customers to see. Do you know the impression this can give?
2. Learn Vocations
If you have a couple of months before being mobilized for NYSC, kindly subscribe to learning a vocation. Some have once started learning tailoring, barbing, event management, etc but quit because of the academic pursuit. It may be high time you returned to that and completed your learning. If you haven’t tried, do it now.
Don’t defer this to when you’re done in service. From experience, very many people will end up searching for jobs after NYSC. Hence, learning such vocations after NYSC may be bygone.
I have shared my experience with a lady that learned fashion designing during her service year. What I didn’t tell you was that she had started learning before she gained admission in the first place. But in the service year, she chose to complete her training. TeefahCoutures is shining today.
I told you about how I ended up at Techie Konsult. I was brief there on how I learned computers in the first place. There, I used “self-training”. You may not believe me if I tell you I learned computers all by myself. Yes, most people wouldn’t believe that when they saw what I could do with computers.
But in your case, you don’t need to waste time. That approach of self-learning wasted my time. I couldn’t have followed that way too if I’d known I would eventually sustain myself and my family with it in the future. The time between your graduation and NYSC mobilization may be the right period to learn computers. You won’t need it only for yourself, most organizations will ask for it before you can be employed and you can eventually become a specialist with time.
3. Design a Professional CV/Resume
It’s not new that after NYSC, 99% of graduates will want to try their lucks in the labour market. I’m sure you’re one of them. And if you have read my post, “After NYSC What Next? MSC, Jobs or Business (Self-Employment)” you will see that I recommended searching for jobs after NYSC while carrying the postgraduate studies and self-employment ambition at the same time.
A CV is your office as a job seeker. The better your office, the more likely you’re going to send a better impression to your customers. Here, your customers are prospective employers.
As you’re heading to the camp, opportunities may open for serving corps members. Most companies have spaces for NYSC and graduate interns. This kind of opportunity had eventually given several graduates permanent jobs.
Tajudeen was a friend I served with at Niger State. He was my schoolmate but not at the same course. The guy studied Statistics while I was an accounting student. My friend was employed by NICON Energy during the service year and the rest was history.
See, you must start your journey into the labour market with a standard resume. It needs to be error-free, as detailed in “9 Worst Errors to Avoid on Your CV/Resume: No. 6 and 7 Will Surprise You“convincing, and professional. Creative CV/Resume templates are available online. All you need is to dedicate time to do some online searches.
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