Important things you should do after your Nysc

Have you ever ask yourself a question such as, "What next after service?"
Some Corps Members usually get themselves drunk in excitement whenever they are about to 'pass out' of service. They would be so excited to announce the passing out to the whole world. Many of them take different pictures with their Nysc certificates and share on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest etc.
Many are always in a hurry to pick up their Nysc certificate and go their separate ways.
The question is, "where are you actually going to?"
Do you have a place to fix yourself into or are you just going home to stay with your parents for them to start where they stopped in taking care of you?

The truth is, life is tougher out there in the Nigerian Labour Market. When you where serving, at least you were guaranteed monthly allowance; which you even complained to be too small, and any slight delay by the federal government to pay you on time, provoke you.
The sad news is that most youths, after they have "passed out" are living lives of no allowances; forcing some to jump into the world of job search.

In the world of job search however, there are many youths that finished their Nysc before you, and some are masters holders and are very likely more qualified than you.
Scammers are also there to take away the little you might borrowed.

But finally, there is hope!

Below are the things to do after the completion of your service:

1. Exchange Contacts with your fellow corpers and keep in touch with them: During your POP, do not only twist your lips and take pictures with colleagues. Exchange phone numbers and other contacts with them and keep in touch afterwards.
This way you can know what is going on in their lives and if there is any opportunity they may know which might be helpful to you.
Do not take anybody for granted. Those you thought you were better than might be the ones to help you.

2. Create a Professional Profile: I have come to realise that a lot of fresh graduates today underestimate the importance of a professionally drafted profile. First, prepare a professional linkedin profile, Prepare a good CV and Cover Letter and keep them handy. Always have a copy in your mail box and if possible in your phone. You never can tell where they will be needed. You don’t want to lose that mouth watering job in an Oil Company in Lagos or in Warri just because you couldn’t provide your CV when needed.

3. Network: Leave your nest and start networking with other professionals. Go out for events and meet people. By events we don’t mean “night clubs”. Go out for seminars, workshops etc to meet mentors. There is more chance to meet an important person in an event than just sitting at home posting on facebook.

4. Announce yourself:
Except for you parents and siblings, most people really do not care what you are doing. You have to tell them about yourself. Let them know you need a job. And if yours is business, be sure to announce your business or product everywhere you go.

5. Start Small:
We know you have big dreams, you want to work in shell or chevron oil company, but you have to start from somewhere. Start with the 30k teaching job or the next available option. Starting small doesn’t make you small, it only makes you prepare for the big job ahead and also helps you increase your work experience.

You want to start a business? Think big but start small. Start with the N50,000 you’ve saved from your Nysc allowance and grow from there. There is so much you learn when you start small and grow big.

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