As far as I’m concerned, ladies, like men can do exactly the same. They can look for jobs, do any kind of business, proceed to postgraduate studies, make money online, and so on. But if you must be attended to as a woman, perhaps I must choose the right tone for you and suggest much more convenient projects or ideas that are feminine in nature.
Without further ado, below is a list of opportunities a lady graduate should consider after NYSC.
1. Further Your Studies
Proceeding to postgraduate studies can be the right choice for you if you’re financially in shape to pursue MSC, PGD, or top-up degree. You should by now understand that BSC is as common as SSCE back in the 90s. If you must be competitive and relevant in the labor market, you’ll need to consider postgraduate studies.
A lady may not have an edge over a male colleague unless she has something more to show for it.
|Students at postgraduate studies|
I suggest you consider MSC if you will chase more academic and government jobs, professional courses (such as ICAN, Programming courses, etc) if you will chase private companies, or prefer starting a consulting service.
MSC or Top-up degree should be considered by HND holders. This is the only way you can go head-to-head with BSC counterparts. This is a bitter pill to swallow. See Universities that Accept HND (with Lower Credit) for PGD/MSC.
Mind you, it will be the best approach if you can further your studies while being on the lookout for any job opportunity or business idea. I explained this better here. After, women find it more difficult to further their studies after marriage. Consider that in your next decision!
2. Consultancy Services
Women are doing good in consulting services of all kinds. Thank God for this – most graduates are coming from courses that had trained them to be fit for this industry.
During my early days at Lahaola Computers, a lady walked into our café to market her computer maintenance and repair services. We used her services for the time I spent there. In fact, this was a consultant with no physical office. We and a few other clients she had around would just call her when her services were needed.
3. Day Care Services
Women are good at child caring than men – overall. If you think you’re good at child management – especially if you have the relevant qualification in education, this is a go-to service.
Before now, only the busy cities require the services of daycare houses, things have changed lately.
|Daycare services seem natural for women|
My boy was enrolled at a daycare house for about two years before we wanted him to proceed to a nursery class. Guess what happened? The lady later started her primary school just because of Roheem. She believed those kids could be taken further to the nursery and primary classes.
She only invited the parents to a meeting where she discussed her plan which was widely accepted and encouraged. You can do this too. Needless to say, we all know where you’re heading if you start this small.
4. Dry Cleaning Services
Bolaji visited me to counsel her on her dry cleaning project. After NYSC, she believed she could make something with a dry cleaning business. I was quick to tell her, she was on a good course but his friend was reluctant and skeptical about it. The poor friend was of the opinion that the environment was not busy – more people might not need the services.
Well, she could be right. But BJ proved her wrong. How? This business started. Bolaji only contacted a few church members, teachers, bankers, lawyers, and doctors in town. She had his business cards and gave out flyers for advertisements.
|A lady laundry service|
The last time I talked to her, she could not even take up all demands. I had never thought I would need her services myself until my wife left the state for a federal job in a far city.
When BJ was admitted for her postgraduate studies, her skeptical friend was home running the business and sending money weekly to our friend.
This is a good business for any NYSC leaver especially women. Unfortunately, there are more men in this business than women. I’m yet to know why.
All you need for this service are a washing machine, a regular source of water, a regular power source, and a spacious and secured compound.
I’ve seen a sacked banker who later started a dry cleaning business with the suits and trousers of his colleagues in the same bank. Now, he has about seventeen branches across Lagos.
While furthering your studies may be the right take if you’re financially ok, considering self-sustenance and independence through other suggested mediums may be the last resort after NYSC for women.
If you notice, I didn’t include searching for jobs on the list above. This is because everybody knows that before going to school in the first place. We’re equally aware that the labor market is madly saturated by now. Hence, if the going gets tough, you know where to turn.
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