“…..Nigeria is ours, Nigeria we serve.” That would be the last line of the last time, most likely at the last Community development Service (CDS) meeting any ‘cliché’ Nigerian corps member would sing during the NYSC anthem, and then the countdown to the Passing out parade (POP), celebrations, congratulations, plenty congratulations. You have achieved a mile stone; another mile stone, after all, most of your course-mate were held back or dropped out, but you made it, Kudos! All this is hypothetically speaking anyways.
It is all over, you have served; you have a B.sc, probably a HND, a degree of some sorts and then finally you are a graduate, WHAT NEXT!
That’s a big question (??), in fact that’s the big question right before the status-updates and personal-message spaces begin to read “JOB – HUNTING”, ‘bored to death’, “someone help” etc.
Boredom changes to anxiety, and anxiety graduates slowly to depression.
“What the hell?”
“What type of country is this?”
Those are most likely rhetoric questions you would ask yourself or anyone who cares to listen to your grumblings…You print out one too many copies of the CV, the one that person polished up for you, show you how best to showcase your prospects and qualifications. You are looking for a job! Your CV is on every available internet recruitment service, and you have called everyone you know, every potentially lucrative network… You need a job urgently!
You walk into a couple of agencies, ministries, organizations, and offices over time, maybe months, looking for vacancies and to drop your CV, most of the time the latter is the case and the response: ‘We would get back to you, if anything comes up’.
You get depressed sometimes, other times; you cheer up and continue. This circular process could go on for a month or two, maybe less, maybe more. It all depends.
Becoming ‘holier’ is sort of the norm, cos you embrace religion a little tighter, get closer to God, pray more often, and read the Holy books more than you read your interview preparatory materials and then one day, BAM! Someone asks you, ‘what can you do?’ Or more likely ‘where do you want to work?’ More than 60percent of the time the response is ‘anywhere or anything‘.
That’s the end, it’s over, you may not know as a result of the ‘okay’ you concede to as a reply.
It is over. You ask why?
Because anything is nothing and anywhere is nowhere.
‘What do you want to do?’ ‘I have worked in the administrative department of some establishments as a Trainee office support; that is a potential answer as against John’s earlier response; ‘anywhere’.
You see the difference?
The latter’s response is more mature and astute. Don’t get it twisted; I am not talking about being grammatically aggressive like the ‘Honorable’……. Shhhhh, yes the one from Edo State, Nigeria. All I am trying to describe is ‘presentation‘ and ‘packaging‘. It is possible Hassan may have never worked before.
No organization wants to hire an empty can; rather, they want something from whence they can build on and lay down firm foundations.
What is that thing you have a passion for? Follow it. You haven’t found it yet?
Sit down and think.
There must be something you like doing.
There is a laid down path for you, the difficulty lies in finding it.
A tip; get a biro and a writing pad.
List out those things you are good at? And how do you want your work place to be?
Do you see yourself as outspoken and confident?
Are you timid?
Lay it bare there before you.
Most times, business ideas drop into your mind, and at the time, the pessimistic mind dismisses it and throws it away because it doesn’t look feasible owing to present financial and economic constraints, hell no!
Wrong move, pen it down, and draw what you need.
Penning down your thoughts helps you draw a pattern.
Over time it has a way of showing you the ‘map‘ you should take.
It may seem stupid and foolish at first but persistence and dedication sure helps. During those spare times or boring days as the case maybe, convert boredom into a useful resource.
Frankly, it doesn’t matter even if you are not yet done with service or that ASUU has kept you ‘tied’; start the planning. Like we all know, ‘if you fail to plan, bla bla bla.
Assuming you are lucky and you know the path to which you should take, it could be make up or fashion, modeling or dancing, teaching or whatever; still pen those thoughts down and plan a better future for yourself. Our destiny really does lie in OUR HANDS
If you haven’t started thinking, put those nerves to work; the difference between the poor and the rich, apart from fate, is truly ‘IDEAS‘ and how those ideas were executed. I’m sure you know ideas rule the world.
Wake up man! And even you that lady; no one is left out here.
It wasn’t long ago I did myself!
Nwachuku Nnamdi August 2013
**Nnamdi is a freelance inspirational writer and media content analyst. He is of the strong opinion that Sense Perception is the best form of acquiring knowledge and gaining practically experience.