This article is dedicated to students who are still in high school, and undergraduates in the higher institutions learning.
For those who are privileged to have access to formal education, there is this long time belief that higher education would guarantee one financial security, fame and success in life.
Hence the common advice parents give their children is “go to school, get good grades and a high paying job is guaranteed”. The reality is that this belief and strategy of surviving in the real world is now outdated. Graduates who see the acquisition of a degree as a means of surviving in the real world only get outside there to find out that they were not ready for life at all.
To survive in a 21st century world as a Nigerian graduate, you must equip yourself with the following five tools.
(1) SKILL: One thing you are going to need badly after school and for the rest of your life is money, that is why you still see men in their 40s, 50s even 60s still riding okada and driving taxi to earn money. The truth is that immediately you become a graduate your parents or those who were responsible for your training will stop supporting you financially. They will assume you now have all it takes to survive, so the collection of pocket money will stop, and you will have to start solving your financial problems with your own earning ability.
What this implies is that you will have to look for job with your certificate, and most often you will likely be underemployed, meaning you will not be paid what you are worth. The consequence of this is that you will end up not having enough financial resources to actualize your goals.
Solving your financial problem will become difficult, and definitely the need for money will rise, because you will start thinking of getting a place for yourself, so that you can be on your own, getting married, going for a master’s program and so on. As this happens, psychological problems such as frustration, depression, self-pity, low self-esteem will start setting in, and if you are not careful, you may get demoralized to the point giving up on life.
To survive or avoid this you need a skill. Skill is the ability to do something very well. In the real world, people don’t pay you for your certificate, they pay you for what you can do, and that’s is the only legal way of getting money in the society, if you do otherwise, you would be called a fraudster, a thief or an armed robber. For example if I know how to repair phones anyone who has any problem with his/her phone will always come to me , and by the time I help him/her to solve the problem, the individual will pay me for that service. Now the question is what can you do?
How can you render direct service with your current course of study?
The point here is you must have a skill. If you have none yet, enroll in a training center and start learning something.
There are so many things you can learn within three months, and that would earn you nothing less than 50,000 per month.
Never look down on any skill, just consider your interest and what you love doing, and then acquire a skill in that
area. When you do this, you can easily become your own boss after school or even before you graduate. If you are a
graduate already reading this article and don’t have a job yet I recommend same. With an extra skill, you can increase
your income. Never put your hope on getting a job that is not certain. To be forewarned is to before armed.
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