It’s been 5 days since I officially finished National Service, 5 days of replying to congratulatory comments and messages while thinking about what to do with my life. From the time I finished from the university in December of 2015 and through the service year which began almost a year later, it always seemed that NYSC was the only thing standing in the way of my greatness. Job opportunities just kept passing by with the speed of vehicles on a highway. So definitely NYSC was the problem. All I had to do was finish with NYSC and finally embrace the glory that has beckoned on me all my life. The glory of a gainfully employed person.
Are you laughing at me, yet? You see, I’m a thinker and a planner. Less positive people will probably call me a worrier. I got it from my mum. We analyse scenarios, make up problems and solve them before they happen, set up a systems in our heads and finally end with, “hmm, God is in control”. So during service, I applied to different establishments,and began doing the jobs in my head. I didn’t get any of them.
I eventually did get some offers I didn’t apply for. I started making accommodation arrangements, calculating living expenses. Thinking up work challenges and solving them because we will not wait to get to that bridge, only to discover that it has broken down.
I didn’t accept any of those jobs. Partly because of something Dami had mentioned to me about the “Impostor Syndrome” and because I was beginning to have sense and decided that my CV is not going to look like a clown’s outfit in 10 years time, filled with all manner of jobs. So now, I’m back to strategically positioning myself for jobs to find me (I refuse say use depressive words like “job hunting” or “job seeking”).
I think there’s a general unrest in the hearts of the young people who finished National Service on November 2, 2017. Beyond all the hot pictures we took for Social Media, there is the question, “what do we do now”, running through many minds. I have no jobs to give anyone, I would have begun with myself, but I have answers to the “Now what” questions.
1. Now Food: I am now eating everything I see. If you have parents and they’ve not chased you out of the house, please go home and eat good food. Food has a way of giving you joy and reducing your chances of getting depressed.
2. Now Prepare: I can receive job notification anywhere so I make sure I have many CV copies everywhere. Get someone to write your CV for you if you don’t trust your writing abilities. It can happen for you anytime from now.
3. Now Be Positive: Everyday we hear there are no jobs but people keep retweeting job testimonies to my timeline on Twitter. It means people are getting employed. I can’t be bothered about who doesn’t have a job. I’m getting mine.
4. Now Volunteer: If you have free food/shelter and skills you can offer to someplace you may like to work at, please volunteer. Renumeration can wait, you’re forging your career path. This was my plan actually but it fell through, unfortunately.
If you have vocational skills, please put them to use. Keep yourself happy. “At all at all, na im bad pass”
We go dey alright.