Recently, I remembered my conversation with my camp director during my National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) period in camp (Nkwerre, Imo). We were recounting something that happened the night before at the Big, Bold and Beautiful Pageantry. A girl, a graduate of one of the private schools (I’d rather not mention) in Nigeria was asked to name states in the southern region of Nigeria and aunty says, YOBE!!! You’d think she’ll stop there but aunty goes ahead to name more northern states. Another contestant was asked the meaning of “PPA” (We were in camp o, they’ve been singing it like national anthem in the camp) guess what? She did not know that PPA meant place of primary assignment.
For these people to be on NYSC, they were obviously university graduates. Many people cannot even spell some basic things or answer simple/applied questions. Some people can make you doubt the existence of common sense in individuals as an innate human possession. Some have terrible people skills and then you wonder why there are many graduates roaming the streets?
Everyone is quick to say no jobs but in reality there are jobs but no people for the jobs. Take time up to learn interview tips, clean up your CV, learn new skills, develop people skills, etc. Seek ways to be better and indispensable every day. Don’t just learn theories, apply them. Don’t depend on connection from relatives to get you a job because it might get you the job but it won’t keep you. Also, don’t depend on seduction or bribes as employment influencers. Search for jobs and convince everyone including yourself that you are valuable, especially the firm you are applying for the job at.
Be excellent at your present job, it might open you to new opportunities. At Bob’s dinner, I shared a story about a guy who worked as a janitor (cleaner) in a restroom at the airport and every time someone enters the rest room the man says, “ welcome to my office, how can I be of help to you?” and when the person is leaving he tells you …Continue Here. My point is your attitude to work shows in everything you do, even the little things.
It’s not about your degree. It’s not about how smart you looked in school. It’s about how smart you appear in the playing field of reality. You are better than you know. Your certificate is worthless if you can’t defend it. Your certificate is also worthless if you are better than it says you are, Ask Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Einstein, they’ll tell you.
Till you make yourself employable, you’d never get a job and even if you stumble on one, you won’t keep it. Make conscious effort to develop yourself.
BE BETTER TODAY THAN YOU WERE YESTERDAY.