How To Beat Unemployment As A New Graduate In Nigeria
The unemployment rate keeps skyrocketing in this part of the world called Nigeria, It has been a mind-boggling topic that has been discussed over and over again, and yet little or nothing has ever changed
It has been the same stories decade after decades, and these unemployment rates are not just numbers, but people most graduates from the Nigeria high institutions
Millions of Nigerian youth graduate from their respective high institution only to face a hard labor market, with many staying jobless for months and even years, confused and possible depressed for their inability to secure their dream job
Given how affected almost every youth is. One way or the other, this issue has dealt a heavy our innocent youth, it has indeed blow on the majority of the Nigerian youthful population
Back in the days, the case was different because as soon as you become a graduate, you are given a car by the then federal government
Back in those days, then there are jobs in Nigeria that other nationals from other African countries are rushing down to Nigeria to tap from the huge job economy here
The Came The Government Poor Policies That Killed The Job Market In Nigeria, As Well High-Level Corruption In Nigeria Leadership
The Government started making poor policies, the decline in jobs start increasing, the Nigeria government to save her Nigeria citizens drive out other national, including the infamous GHANA MOST GO, This happened decades ago and till now, the job creation in Nigeria has even worsened that the nationals, the Nigerians themself are more jobless
Back then there are jobs waiting for you on your graduation, jobs are being offered to Nigerians right on their convocation ground according to tales.
It didn’t matter what course you studied back then, as long as you have a good result, you are qualified for a job.
These and other incentives were a source of motivation to undergraduates back in those days.
But today, we cannot say the case is the same as getting a job has become something very difficult in this part of the world, regardless of how qualified you are.
This is the plight of the Nigerian graduates who did not bargain for this and never saw it coming because they were made to believe that once you were educated, it becomes all roses
You would be just one step away from becoming successful. So, the youths have given their all during their schooldays only to be faced with the opposite of what they were told.
So many youths find themselves at crossroads in situations like this and do not know what to do with their lives especially because they were not prepared for this.
At this point, after being frustrated, and probably depressed for not being able to get a job, some of them might make decisions that would either make or mar their lives forever.
Some of the youths would decide to let their life take a turn that would lead them somewhere, while others, who, sometimes, not entirely their fault would decide to become a nightmare to the society.
This is largely owed to the fact they have been neglected by the Government, Society, family, and friends who would have helped in shaping their life for the better in a quagmire like this
Of course, it is not a good decision if you decide to become a problem in society, rather you should look deeper and see how you can be resourceful to the society and the country at large, and that is what this article is about
Below are things you could do to become resourceful to yourself, not minding the low job economy creation from the Nigeria Government
Become A Volunteer:
At the mention of “volunteer”, what comes to the mind of many youths first is ‘suffering’, ‘working for free’ etc.
But what they fail to see is the opportunity to improve on certain skills which might come alongside the volunteering job they do not want to take.
So many Nigerian youths are so much in a hurry to become successful as quickly as possible, forgetting that success is a journey, and corners cannot be cut
Lest you miss the whole step and come crumbling down again to begin from scratch. So, volunteering could come in handy in making you perfect the skills you already have or help you develop new skills.
Skills like interpersonal relationships, public speaking, holding a conversation, time management skills, and others could come along with volunteering jobs, however, skills that come with volunteering jobs are dependent on the kind of job it is in the first place, but whatever might be the case, it would be beneficial to you as a volunteer
Going for an internship is another thing you can do after school as this would avail you an opportunity to learn and hear information firsthand from experts in your respective field.
The internship is almost the same as volunteering but not quite.
The internship is based on your area of study and you could get paid, or not, volunteering is any job you decide to do out of your free will for free.
Only very few organizations pay their volunteers, but you should know that your purpose of becoming a volunteer is not to make money; rather, it is to gain experience and learn some skills, it is called volunteering for a reason.
Build On Your Potential:
Some youths are blessed with a special gift, but because they are busy looking for jobs they kind of forget that they are well-gifted will potentials skills needed in the today gig economy
They have not taken time to look inwards to see how they can monetize their natural talents and make a living off them.
Look, the idea is to be able to live a good life and be able to afford basic needs, and not to wear a suit behind a desk and answer the phone all day.
Things have changed; they are not the way they used to be, so the sooner you realize that you can make a living from natural gifts or talents, the better for you, and society.
Learn A Skill:
Learning a skill is another way you can be useful to yourself and earn a living and respect, in fact, we have often deal on skillset over and over live on AfriNOTES AND THAT is what our AfriNotes Elearning is just all about
Some youths are not born with talents, or well, maybe they’ve not taken time to search within for theirs, some others do not believe that their talent is relevant in the society, in the case of any of the above; you could learn a skill, especially a digital skill, as the world is going digital
Every skill is relevant, whether digital or not, but there is no doubt that digital skills sell faster. If you have a laptop, it would be easier for you to learn these skills
But if you don’t have one, you could make use of your smartphone even though it might slow you down a bit; it is best to save up some money and buy a laptop computer.
Skills like digital marketing, graphics design, data analysis, machine learning, copywriting, UI/UX design, cloud computing, and the rest of them could earn you a good living if you have taken the time to master them very well.
You could learn them by taking up courses on platforms like Nairalearn, AfriNOTES eLearning section, Udemy, Coursera, Skillshare, or any other one that tickles your fancy, you only have to pay a token and you’ll have access to their materials.
If you’re serious about a particular skill, you could master it in 6 weeks depending. some may take months also, the most important facts s for you to learn and practice
Once u have learned complete, start practicing, begin to bid for available jobs that require your expertise online or offline, and earn a sizeable income.
There is a dignity that comes with you being solely able to afford your basic need, there is a sense of responsibility that comes with fending for yourself without the help of family members
or friends, therefore, be steadfast in making your life better for you and the society following any of the above tips.
Hope this ‘How To Beat Unemployment As A Newly Graduate In Nigeria’ helps, From Usman Salame, Afrinotes, Africa multipurpose portal for Africa global tiers