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    Three hearty cheers to 2018 Batch A stream II corp members who have finally removed headdress!!!!
     A big congratulation to them in arrears! 12 months of NYSC life is finally over! For some, it was an amazing experience while others were not so cool.  Well, the most important thing is that you came, saw and conquered. It’s now time to put things behind and face the real life. Your khaki wearing days are over, no more CDS or welfare meetings, no more PPA, no more PV (Payment Voucher) signing and you will definitely not answer anyone who calls you “corper” anymore. Yet again, congratulations!
    First of all, welcome to the ever increasing job market in Nigeria. Now that Nysc is over what plans do you have for yourself? Do you actually have plans for yourself?  No more compulsory payment of #19,800 and maybe state allawee into your accounts every month. No more freebies, or hiding under khaki to get some benefits! It’s time to wake up from your slumber and make things happen for yourself. 
     If you have no idea of what to do, here are some tips to get you started:

    1. HAVE A WELL-WRITTEN CURRICULUM VITAE (CV):

    Your CV can either make you or mar you. It is what would be used to access you without having to see you in person. It is a crucial step in getting a job interview. Try to include all skills you possess (they might stand you out of the crowd) and what you can offer to solve the organization’s problems. Of course, if you are serious, you must have done your research about your prospective employers. You could visit the company/organization’s website or ask an employee who works there already. Do not include unnecessary details in your CV that might work against you. There is actually no best way to write a résumé, just learn to write a proper one or get someone to get it done for you. Cover letters are also important and should be professionally written too. With #2000 you can get the both done for you in a short while by visiting Dreamjobs Nigeria.

    2. HAVE A TEACHABLE SPIRIT:
    No matter what you studied in school, always be willing to learn new things and unlearn old ones. Companies will like the fact that you can quickly learn the job they need you to do. And do not be too proud and arrogant to ask or when asking questions. Just have a spirit to learn no matter how small. It goes a long way in life and also it might just be a stepping stone.

    3. WORK EXPERIENCE:
    Try as much as possible to have an experience working somewhere. It might just be a short term job, voluntary job or even an unpaid job. It may not necessarily be all about the money but also the skills/experience you would get. Most companies always require you to have a work experience. So just do it if you have the opportunity because it would help you learn quickly, and gain work experiences. You may not be paid for your work, but if you work very hard there’s a slight possibility that the company will retain you for your effort. If they don’t, another company in the same industry might be able to employ you. It is also advised that you take these jobs even before or during your service year just so you can have work experiences above your peers.

    4. CUT YOUR COAT ACCORDING TO YOUR SIZE:
    Live within your means; manage whatever money you have or you are paid. Don’t try and live the life of someone in Oil and Gas when that is not your current situation. If you live above your means, you will get in trouble. If possible, always write down your income and expenditures to help you understand where your money is going and how to cut down expenses. It would help you if you plan, save and invest especially for the future.

    5. BE CURRENT AND UP TO DATE:
    Be up to date with current affairs; you don’t have to be a know-it-all or talker to everyone, but make sure you know what’s going on in your country and your business environment. You score major points for being up to date on the latest trends and regulations that affect your industry. This way, you would know what would be of use to you and how to get something out of it.

    6. MONEY IS NOT EVERY THING:
    It’s not always about money; let’s face it, we can’t all work in Oil and Gas, and we won’t all be filthy rich. Weigh your options carefully before choosing one job over another or worse still quitting your job. There are lots of situations where people have been offered huge sums of money as salaries and they quit their job only for the company to owe them some month’s arrears or worse still it folded up. Are there other advantages to be gained asides from money? It’s for you to decide, but money isn’t everything.

    7. BE WILLING TO TRY OUT NEW THINGS:
    Don’t always stick with just what you know, always Learn new things . It would help also in your career to learn new skills and competencies. The world is changing, technology is changing and so will you. Unless you want to remain in the same position for the rest of your life, you need relevant knowledge and skills that will propel you forward. Grab opportunities you see, meet people, attend events and look out for interesting things you can catch up on.

    8. BE LIKE THE PATIENT DOG BUT BE SMART:
    Don’t be in a hurry to rise to the top, it may lead you to do illegal things. Hard work and patience are good virtues that pay off with time. Be humble enough to accept your mistakes and even some that aren’t yours. You don’t have to be right all of the time and you mustn’t always try to do everything without support (moral, physical, spiritual etc).

    9. FIND YOUR PATH CAREER-WISE:

    It’s important you find your career path very quickly. By career path I mean the different positions you will occupy until you decide to retire. I would want to think that you wouldn’t want to remain a low-mid level executive or officer throughout your career. Be ambitious, want more, and know how you want to get there. If you want to be in management in 10 years, be sure you know how you’re going to get there without bringing people down so you can rise. For career mentorship, you can visit the mentorship section in Dreamjobs Nigeria and seek the career help you need.

    I guess that would be enough to give you a head start in your life after service. 
    Once again congratulations and do share your experiences or advice in the comments section below.

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