5 things you should do after the 21-day in NYSC orientation camp

When the 21-day of orientation in NYSC camp is over, you will be free from early morning bigle, meditation, stressful drills and harassment by soldiers.

Here are some things you should do after the orientation camp.

1. Settle down:

You will be leaving camp on the very 21st day; your Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) will be indicated on the letter NYSC will give to you, most likely through your platoon officer. On that 21st-day, the representatives of the Local Government Area where you will be posted will come to camp with free buses to convey corps members to their PPA.
Corps Members will be offered accommodstion (temporary or permanent) provided by religious bodies such as NCCF, NACC, MCAN and the likes. Some local governments also have Corpers’ Lodge which you can make use of before you proceed to your PPA.

2. Locate your PPA and then NYSC Area or Local Office: 

Don’t carry your luggage and travel home after the NYSC orientation camp without reporting at your PPA and NYSC local government office for your documentations except if you have been redeployed. The fact is, you’re not yet a full corper until you’ve reported in those two places. If you travel without reporting, then you service will be void.
Submit your posting letter at your PPA and collect acceptance letter which you’ll use for your registration at the NYSC local govt area office. But if you’re rejected by your PPA, it’s not a problem; just make sure you collect the rejection letter. You’ll take the letter to the NYSC area office, they will know what to do.

3. Apply to travel for two weeks: 

Don’t carry your bags and travel home after you have been accepted or rejected by your PPA. NYSC expects you to write an application letter asking for permission to travel. Apply through your PPA to the NYSC office. Your PPA boss is expected to sign your application letter before you submit it. Make sure you complete your registration before you travel.

4. Take up professional courses: 

You will have more time to yourself during your service year, use them to your advantage by taking up some professional exams and acquiring skills that will give you an edge over others in the labour market. Almost every profession has an IT inclination now, so find out which IT training and certifications are relevant to your career and go for it. There are many of them online. Some of these professional courses are available during the service year at a subsidized rate for corpers.

5. Update your CV, Start the Job hunt:

Don’t wait till the end of your service year before you start looking for job. Update your Curriculum Vitae (CV), apply for jobs and attend interviews. You can get a job while you’re still serving and even if you don’t get a job, you’ll gain a lot of experience by writing applications to different companies and attending interviews. It is always great stepping from the khaki straight into a job instead of packing back to your parents’ home to start the job search journey.

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