Up until this moment, I still cannot bring myself to understand why a lot of undergraduates think that getting a “paying job” should be the next line of action that follows their undergraduate studies. When you speak with a lot of them about what they’d like to do immediately they step out of college, they are often of the opinion that getting a white-collar job is the next best thing to do.
But wait a minute – is that really the only thing that’s there to do? Are there no other opportunities to be leveraged out there? And considering that many of them would have to spend months, if not years, searching for these dream jobs, is it really worth the wait?
Well, I’m happy to announce to every undergraduate out there that getting a real job is not the only option available to you after school.
If that’s the case, then what are the other options? You may wonder. Well, you need not scour the internet for them; I’ve already compiled them for you in this post. So, feel free to check them out below.
Why not chase your passion?
Whatever it is that you love doing, the period after college might be the best time to chase it. Whether you’re a photographer, expert writer, website designer, graphic designer, artist, adventurous person, IT savvy, etc., you can always look to work with any small scale firm or establishment that works in line with your passion. For instance, if you are lucky to live in a country that receives many tourists and visitors yearly, then there is a great chance that you can land yourself an adventure guide position immediately after college. But, of course, that would require that you be an adventurous person. Perhaps while in school, you were into some adventurous activities such as hiking, trekking, skydiving, rock climbing, mountaineering, abseiling, snorkeling, kayaking, wildlife and greenery exploration, and what have you, you can turn it into a part-time or full-time job. Many adventure companies are always looking for young people to hire, especially those with experience in their fields. So, instead of waiting and waiting for that dream job that suits your qualifications, you can chase a job in line with your passion.
Take up a gap year program
If you’re interested in putting your time towards a good career, then you should consider taking up a gap year program. Not only would these programs equip you with essential life lessons, but they also strengthen your resume, while also giving you a lot of focus-points to discuss during an interview. Gap year programs also give you the opportunity to network with various alumni, as well as industry professionals, many of whom may be valuable resources later on in your job hunt.
It is an established fact that some undergraduates sometimes take up student loans to finance their studies. As a result, they’re charged with the uphill task of repaying their debt almost as soon as they conclude their programs. For graduates in this position, not getting a paying job immediately after school might be a massive blow on the chin. But who said internships could not save the day?
Internships, unlike full-time positions, are quite easier to obtain. And in some cases, there are companies that pay their interns. If you’re a fresh graduate, there’s a good chance you can find a position that works for you. Additionally, paid internships can also avail you of the financial stress of dealing with your college debt. But in the event that your internship income is not sufficient enough to cater to your debt, you can always look to the IVA scheme for help. But when you want to do that, you should ensure that you’re working with the best IVA companies around you.
Become a research assistant
Who said you have to leave the college environment once you’re done with your studies? By all means, you can actually stay back and lend some helping hands while getting paid in the process. Instead of waiting for a paying job, you can actually land yourself a research assistantship position, as universities have a significant amount of their resources invested in research. And before you let the thoughts of you not being a science-based graduate hop into your mind, remember that plenty of research also goes into fields like journalism, history, international relations, philosophy, arts, and management.
Take a continuing-education class
Provided you’re financially buoyant enough; you can opt to further your education immediately you step out of college. Whether you’re interested in pursuing a field other than what you majored in or want to develop career-specific skills further, consider taking continuing-education classes at a community college or an adult-learning center around you.
Be a Volunteer
While volunteering for any cause would most likely not bring you any income, it is still a valuable way to contribute to your immediate environment, while also using your time judiciously. It also helps you build a network of professionals, organizations, supervisors, and co-volunteers, many of whom might be important to your future job search.
I think we ought to always say a very big thank you to technology for the gift of “digitization!” As a fresh graduate, the opportunities are endless for you on the digital landscape; all you need to do is find the ones that best interest you and get going with them. From freelancing (writing, coding, designing, etc.) to online trading (cryptocurrencies, forex, stock, etc.) and everything else in between, there are a plethora of opportunities available for you to employ yourself instead of waiting for that dream employer to hand you your appointment letter.
#EndSARS: 11-year-old boy released from police custody in Edo
Human Rights Advocate, Kola Edokpayi, has confirmed the release of an 11-year-old boy, Gift Osayuhi, from police custody in Edo.
Osayuhi was arrested over his alleged involvement in burning down a police station during the end SARS protest against police brutality.
This was disclosed by Edokpayi n a statement released on Saturday.
Osayuhi was arrested for allegedly joining the gang of hoodlums that attacked Oba Market police station at Evbuotubu area of Benin City. After the attack, the young boy was said to have worn the uniform of a police sergeant and declared himself as the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
Confirming the development on Friday October 30, Mr Edokpayi thanked the Edo State Commissioner of Police, CP Johnson Kokumo and the State Ministry of Justice for their understanding and cooperation.
He also disclosed that the boy, whose mother is a widow, said that his dream is to become the IGP.
“We have been able to secure the unconditional release of the 11-year-old boy by name Gift Osayuhi whose picture went viral on social media yesterday for allegedly joining some miscreants to break into Oba Market Police station, took their police Uniform, wore it and declared himself as the new IG of Police during the ENDSARS protest. The boy was released to us after we undertook to rehabilitate and reform him,” said Mr Edokpayi.
“The young boy said his dream is to become the IG of Police and we also undertook to ensure the boy is giving a proper education so as to help him achieve his dream. We sincerely thank Edo State Commissioner of Police and Edo State Ministry of Justice for the kind understanding and cooperation. We also met with his mother who told she is a widow who takes care of the children alone and the little boy usually assist her to sell water and drinks in Ring Road.”
Federal Polytechnic Oko issues dress code for students
Federal Polytechnic Oko new dress code for students is currently the talk of social media
A document has been distributed to students of Federal Polytechnic Oko to make them aware of the dress code in the institution and social media users are outraged.
The document reads, War Against Indecent Dressing (WAID) in Federal Polytechnic Oko then goes on to list what is not acceptable in the tertiary institution as regards fashion.
For the women, the code bans things like skirt with slit above knees, off-shoulder dresses and tops, sleeveless dresses and tops, rugged jeans and low waist trousers, lengthy and coloured braids, coloured hair, long artificial lashes, bandana hairband, bogus fashion jewelries and more.
For the male students, they banned long and bushy hair/beard, braids, dread lock and coloured hair, rugged jeans, kaftan without trousers, inscription on hair cut, T-shirts and jeans with immoral messages and more.
Nigerians have reacted, calling the dress code “ridiculous”
“Someone shared this with me on Facebook.
Apparently this is the dress code issued by a Federal Polytechnic in Anambra state.
How ridiculous is this?
Institutions subjugating citizens and subjects. Does it not end?”
Nigerian Police officer selected for UN Police Award
A Nigerian policewoman, CSP Catherine Ugorji, has been selected as one of the two runners-up for the prestigious United Nations Woman Police Officer of the Year award for 2020.
Ugorji joined the Nigeria Police Force in 2003 and served as a criminal investigator from the local to regional level, Child Protection Officer, Divisional Crime Officer up to Acting Deputy Commander of the Ogudu Police Division in Lagos.
The Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix in a press statement released by the National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Nigeria Oluseyi Soremekun, averred that she exemplifies the best of UN policing.
Of the 1,300 UN policewomen deployed in UN peacekeeping operations, the Nigerian police officer who is currently serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) made the 21-women list for the award.
The award would be presented during a virtual ceremony presided over by Mr Lacroix on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Luis Carrilho, UN Police Advisor who congratulated Ugorji for being chosen as a runner-up, described her leadership of “three Formed Police Units(FPU) in Gao” as remarkable.
“Catherine has introduced tactical operations that have been instrumental in reducing crime in the area, in support of the Malian security forces and the host population.
“In addition to this very demanding role, Chief Superintendent Ugorji has worked diligently to improve living conditions for women police officers so they can serve safely and with dignity.”
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