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After graduation, what next?

By Tare Youdeowei

Straight off the bus from school with immense energy, a graduate from the ivory towers in Nigeria might be at loss when it comes to deciding what to do next.

The general trend is to imagine yourself dazzling a job interviewer and securing a N250, 000 paying job. Getting a nicely furnished apartment in the choicest part of town and driving a nice set of four wheels, usually come next in the picture, followed immediately by purchasing land and building a petite mansion, for modesty sake, that’s if owing a business is not the main picture. Well, it’s easier pictured than got.

The appropriate thing, as constructed by the Nigerian environment, is to get professional qualification, where applicable and gather experience. No matter how little the pay attached is; the goal is to look attractive to high paying recruiters.

There is, however, one unique way to stand out of your peers, and still impact the world around you. Volunteer. This method of experience gathering via selfless effort is said to be eye catching, not just to the high paying Nigerian recruiter, it also tickles the fancy of multinational recruiters.



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