Now that they have hung the jungle boots and folded there khaki away, life has just begun as a Nigerian graduate.
You know all the dreams and ideas, they had while in school and waiting to hit the ground running with after NYSC, well, the time has come to make it happen. Your destiny is in your hands now and you have to make the best of your time – And because life doesn’t always go through the pattern we dream of it, we’ve to give it our very best.
Below are 6 things most of these ex corp members will definitely go through…
1. Getting ready to trek: We all know the jobs in Nigeria are fewer than the available number of graduates hence the struggle to grab the few available ones are too real for those people who have no ‘oga at he top’. This isn’t the endurance trek -NO! This is the one where you deck up in your best shirt, skirt/trousers and the traditional brown envelope, head out early to make that appointment for your first interview and subsequent ones or to submit our cv anywhere and everywhere just in case there is an opening.
2. Parents don’t care anymore: Now you are going to realize that your parents who provided for your every single need back in the university, will no longer do. they are either focusing on your siblings in school or easing off the stress of child rearing. So, all they do now is pray and hope you get a job, so you too can come and take care of them.
3. Nigeria as a student is different from Nigeria as a graduate: Now you are going to realize that life is not a bed of roses. Things have changed and you are now your own boss. Life is going to step on your toes, there will be times when it looks like your dreams will never come true or that God doesn’t answer prayers anymore but you are going to gave to keep moving.
4. Uncles don’t really care: Sadly, you are going to find that, that uncle who ave you a pat on the back and said ‘send me your cv when you graduate so I place you somewhere’, would now tell you that he has very little power to do anything for you. The sadder part, their child who also just passed out of NYSC the same time like you, wouldn’t have a problem getting a job.
5. Bills won’t pay themselves: Now you are now an adult. Like your parents say ‘we won’t always be there for you, a time will come when you have to stand upon your own too feet.” Now that time has come, and you are standing on your own two feet without a job in a sight and bills o pay but keep strong, there is God.
6. No more allowee: This is the moment where you realize that the constant N19k which you were paid as a corper and took for granted, will no longer come your way. This won’t matter to you, if you get a job immediately (which we hope you do) but would start to look like the whole world is against you, when you check your account balance and the little you saved up is about to finish.
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