Nigeria is littered with several stories of unemployed graduates who can’t get a job even when they had very good grades from school. Many of them get frustrated after submitting applications and going for interviews almost every day of the week making them settle for blue collar jobs considered by many to be unbefitting of a graduate. The story goes on and on and it is simply the order of the day.
A small percentage of this demographic even enroll to learn a trade, some start a small scale business while others think pursuing a post-graduate degree is the next most logical option. These actions are mostly a reflection that they have lost hope in their pursuit of a desk job. The problem most of the time is not that there are no available jobs but that the individuals are themselves unemployable.
Now here comes the big question, HOW?
I know several approaches have been made to this but job creation is non-exhaustive. I would gladly make mine and sincerely hope and pray it helps you in your vocational choice. This is the 21st century and the world of work has evolved with the times especially at the beginning of the decade. Large corporations and businesses are looking for people who have the skills that match the work or services they provide to their clients or customers and not just fancy degrees.
The skills that they require mostly go beyond what you acquired from the four walls of your classroom. Yes, very loudly, it goes beyond what is acquired from the monotonous waking up as early as 5am to meet up with a class of 7 in which the lecturer may not even show up at all. These employers want the extra, not the normal and ordinary, it goes beyond what every regular human being who passed through a school can do. This is why it is important that while you are in school you get involved in a lot of activities that is in congruence with your career goals. Just in case you are out of school and you think you can’t reverse the times you sure can take a break from job hunting and consider internship in any organization without consideration of pay.
For example, if you enjoy writing you can easily fit into the world of journalism, work in a newspaper or magazine company or even an advertising or branding company. If you enjoy speaking and being heard, why not get trained on how to become a better on-air-personality while in school regardless of your course of study and you never know if the radio or television station is the right place for you and as a result of your experiences garnered while in school, you wouldn’t not struggle, rather you fit in easily and also stand out.
You can as well join a reputable organisation for an internship programme for a minimum of six months. if you want to be a lawyer, a reputable law firm is the best place. You never can tell, your productivity on the job determines if you will be retained but if you are not, you sure can take the learning experience you gathered to another place. That period is part of your curriculum vitae. No employer wants to hire anyone who doesn’t add significant value to their organization.
ARE YOU ALSO AWARE THAT EMPLOYERS NOW NARROW THE BACKGROUND CHECK ON PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES TO SOCIAL MEDIA?
The world is changing and it is changing really fast. It really matters what you do online. 21st century corporations are now focusing more on your online personality than who you appear to be in person. I’m however certain that before all of these your must have put in a lot of work developing your curriculum vitae, resume and cover letter. It is important that you have a solid one and also know the difference between the three.
The world of work keeps changing in its demands and also keeps evolving across various sectors and industries. You must constantly improve your worth and stay at the cutting edge of technology to remain relevant. Then is when you become attractive because you have something to offer.
There is this thing in you the world needs, have you discovered it?