5 Realities About Graduation No One Will Tell You About
The quest to get a job and take life decision awaits every fresh graduate. You therefore need to prep yourself for these five post-graduate realities.
Graduating form the university is the beginning of a life journey and you need to face the realities that come with it. (Destiny man)
Graduating from a higher institution is the beginning of another life journey and every graduate is bound to face the realities that come with it.
Every fresh graduate thinks about life after graduation but none knows what lies ahead.
However, while you are not sure of what life after graduation will bring, your uncles will likely raise your hope with job promises in juicy ministries and oil companies.
But if you consider the sky-high unemployment rate in the country, you might think your uncle’s job promise is a mockery of the reality.
Whatever the case may be, you’ll need to prep yourself for the post-graduation realities that await you.
1. Making the big decision about work/travel/marriage
Making a decision about your life is one of the realities that hit you after graduation. (Learning Mind)
For the first time, you’re faced with the reality of making a big life decision. Having completed your NYSC, you begin to consider whether to start searching for a job in Nigeria or go abroad for your master’s degree or get married.
This is when making decisions like an adult hits you and you just have to make it because it is your life’s decision.
2. Sometimes good timing and luck can also help you get a job.
Sometimes, being in the right place at the right time could get you the job (ThisisAfrica)
You may have tried your best to graduate with good grades, but sometimes, being at the right place and at the right time gets you the job.
This does not mean you should sit back and expect fate to do the work, you’ll still have to go out there and search for jobs.
However, you might be lucky to land a job through a connection you made in the past. You might also be lucky to get the job at a startup multinational because you know someone who knows about the job vacancy in the company.
3. Your grades won’t really matter that much
That first class degree may not really matter when you’re searching for job (Etsy)
Let this not shock you. It is a sad reality that after graduation, your hard earned grades may not mean anything to your employers.
Most jobs won’t ask for your CGPA especially if you find a job in a creative company. What would be important is to build an amazing profile that speaks volume of your skills and experience.
4. Searching for jobs will be a full-time job in itself
searching for job where there is none is in itself a job. (Medium)
You know unemployment is a big deal in Nigeria. If you aren’t lucky to land a job immediately after graduation, you may soon realize that searching for job where there is none is in itself a job.
You’ll have to always monitor vacancies in your field. You’ll also have to write a lot of cover letters to suit any job description as well as keep an eye on all the one’s you’ve applied for. All this could keep you busy with your laptops as you may need to always update your CV for every job vacancy you see.
5. You’ll learn new skill that was not learnt at university
Getting a job outside your field of study allows you to learn much more and adds more values to you. (Job ESB)
If you finally get a job, you’ll most likely not be working in an environment that is related to your course of study. And when this happens, it could be a blessing in disguise because you’ll have an avenue to learn much more about the new field and thus arming yourself with the knowledge and skills the university never teaches you.