Now that you’re done with Youth Service, what next?
Hello everyone, our post today will seek to highlight some of the challenges facing many fresh graduates and their possible solutions. First before we go deeper into this discussion, here something we must first consider; according to recent reports, over 1.8 million graduates are produced by our higher institutions every year.
These figures alone means that the labor market is actually suffering from over supply, as it will take years of consistent job creation across different sectors, for most of these unemployed graduates to be absolved into the system. Which leads us to another important question. Is the economical climate friendly for investors and businesses? Well, I’ll leave you to judge for yourselves, as another report also showed that about 3.3 million Nigerians became unemployed between December 2017 and September 2018, deteriorating to 20.9 million, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) shows.
That is never a sign of an economy that is doing well, whichever way you decide to look at it.
It also means that those who have jobs are not completely safe, and should also worry on how to develop themselves further, we’ll come back to this later.
Now to the main issue at hand. The main problem that bedevils many fresh graduates, is that they many at times think like a Bride on her wedding day, in other words, just like a bride, they think the world should revolve around them, after all it’s her day. The same mentality often times is found in first degree holders who are just entering the job market. They still live in their sometimes unrealistic imaginations. Many believe that having a First class or a 2.1 is more than enough to earn them their dream job, hence they don’t need to equip themselves further.
Have you ever been to a job Interview? if yes, have you ever wondered why a company would advertise for just 20 positions and over 2000 people will apply, with sometimes over 400 of them having Masters Degree and other certificates to go with it. Well the answer is not far fetched, there are just too may unemployed and under-employed people out there.
Most employers as you must have learnt by now, work in a very tight and unfriendly business climate, which informs the reason why most insist on having people with 4-5 years of work experience. Many of them also prefer hiring people who can multi task, thus making it almost impossible for the fresh graduate out there especially those who are still suffering from “The beautiful Bride Syndrome”, to stand a chance of being hired.
Long story cut short, fresh graduates must understand that the world does not and will never revolve around their feet. They must also know that it’s a real battle out there and the only way to survive and triumph is to develop and improve their skill sets. They must understand that nobody owes you a job, and if must get one, you must convince your employer that you’re the best man for the job, and one sure way to achieve that is to take Professional certification courses relevant to your field. They must also try to equip themselves with IT skills like Digital Marketing, Web Design/Development and Mobile Development etc. You’ll need a trusted Web Design Company in Nigeria to train you as all these knowledge will never go out of fashion as we live in the “Internet Age”, where IT professionals are in very high demand, as a lot of things get automated and online sales is becoming increasingly bigger than anyone ever thought they would ever be.
It’s not all gloomy, there are loads of opportunities for even fresh graduates with no work experience out there. All you need do is that you must develop yourselves in other to be better positioned to grab any juicy opportunity that could come your way.
Finally, whether you’re a graduate or school cert holder, it doesn’t even matter if you have a great job. Always strive to have something doing on the side. Equip yourself with all the relevant skills and certifications needed to thrive in this fast changing world. And most importantly, BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE.
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