A big Congratulations again to the recently passed out Youth corper’s . 12 months of your life is over , for some they were worth with while others not so cool . At least you came , saw and conquered .Its time to put things behind and forge ahead. So lets face the real life now .
Welcome to the ever increasing job market in Nigeria. Now that Nysc is over what plans do you have for yourself ? do you actually have plans for your self ? No more prompt payment of 19,800 to your accounts every month. No more freebies , its time to wake up from your slumber and make things happen for yourself.
Your khaki wearing days are over, no more CDS or welfare meetings, no more PPA, no more PV (Payment Voucher) signing which translates to payment of allowance and you will definitely not answer anyone who calls you “corper” anymore. Yet again, Congratulations.
If you have no idea of what to do , let me show my love by sharing some tips and advice to help you have a head start in your real life now. The race has begun o , and don’t forget that only the swift wins .
HAVE A WELL-WRITTEN OUT CV
Your Cv can either make you or mar you. It is what is used to address you without having to see you in person .
include those skills you possess (they might stand you out of the crowd) and more importantly, what you believe you can offer to solve the organization’s problems. Of course, if you are serious, you must have done your “due diligence” about your prospective employers. Do not include unnecessary details, they might work against you. There is actually no best way to write a résumé, learn to write a proper one. Cover letters are important too. Also, do not forget to address your CV to the manager of the company or organization addressing him or her by name. Is it possible to know such names? Of course it’s possible if you are willing to know. You could visit the company/organization’s website or ask an employee who works there already, if you can.
HAVE A TEACHABLE SPIRIT
No matter what you have read in school,always be willing to learn new things and unlearn old ones. Companies will like the fact that you can quickly learn the job they need you to do. And do not be too proud and arogant . Just ahve a spirit to learn no matter how small. It goes a long way in life and also it might just be a stepping stone.
Try as much as possible to have an experience in working somewhere . It might just be a short term job , voluntary job or even an unpaid job . As i would talk about later , its not all about the money . Most companies if not all always require work experience . So just do it if you have the opportunity . It would help you learn quickly, and gain work experience. You may not be paid for your work, but if you work very hard there’s a slight possibility that the company will retain you for your effort. If they don’t, another company in the same industry might be able to employ you.
CUT YOUR COAT ACCORDING TO YOUR SIZE
Live within your means ,Manage whatever money you have or you are paid. Don’t try and live the life of someone in Oil and Gas when that is not your current situation. If you live above your means, you will get in trouble. Fast money always lead to trouble and there’s always a consequence.
BE CURRENT AND UP TO DATE
Be up to date with current affairs: You don’t have to be a know-it-all amebo to everyone, but make sure you know what’s going on in your country and your business environment. You score major points for being up to date on the latest trends and regulations that affect your industry.
MONEY IS NOT EVERY THING
It’s not always about money: Let’s face it, we can’t all work in Oil and Gas, and we won’t all be filthy rich. Weigh your options carefully before choosing one job over another or worse still quitting your job. There are lots of situations where people have been offered huge sums of money and the company owed them 3 months salary after 1 year or worse still it folded up. Are there other advantages to be gained asides from money? It’s for you to decide, but money isn’t everything.
BE WILLING TO TRY OUT NEW THINGS
Dont always stick with just what you know , always Learn new things . It would help also in your career. Learn new skills and competencies. The world is changing, technology is changing and so will you. Unless you want to remain in the same position for the rest of your life, you need relevant knowledge and skills that will propel you forward.
BE LIKE THE PATIENT DOG
Don’t be in a hurry to rise to the top, with hard work your time will come. Be humble enough to accept your mistakes and even some that aren’t yours. You don’t have to be right all of the time.
FIND YOUR PATH CAREER-WISE
It’s important you find your career path very quickly. By career path I mean the different positions you will occupy until you decide to retire. I would want to think that you wouldn’t want to remain a low-mid level executive or officer throughout your career. Be ambitious, want more, and know how you want to get there. If you want to be in management in 10 years, then make sure you know how you’re going to get there. A note of warning though; in trying to rise up the ranks, don’t be sentimental but at the same time do not bring people down so you can rise.
Once again congratulations, You can also share more tips and advice in the comments section below.
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