The Mentality Of A Fresh Nigerian Graduate By Adetayo Omotoyosi
POSTED 08/06/2018 15:43:30
Nigeria is a country filled with many problems awaiting solutions, but her Citizens are blind to identifying solutions to these problems. Some of these problems have been there for ages, while some are new, begging for solutions.
I once heard of a Lebanese man who came to Nigeria, when he saw how the country was and the attitude of her Citizens, he declared that there is so much money on the streets but the populace could not see. What he tried to say is that there are so many problems which if anyone could find solutions to, he would be smiling to the bank with fat account.
No thanks to the Nigerian educational system that keeps putting the mentality of job seekers in its students. After four or five years, a graduate cannot boast of any skills which they can use to create job, rather what the systems taught and is still teaching them is how to be job seekers.
I once read a book titled "IDIOTS WITH B.S.C" by Collins Oscar, in the book the writer overheard a particular graduate complaining of so many things that are wrong in this country, how the system kills innovations and so on. The writer told him that is why he is a graduate, the country expected him and the rest to provide solutions to these myriad of problems in this country.
Some of these graduates have been told that after graduation they will probably get a job in an oil company, with fat salaries, allowances, official cars and so on, only to graduate and realise that they were all lies.
They lament about the government not providing jobs for its teeming youths who are graduates.
Some of these graduates studied engineering in school, after years of stay in school, they could not construct an ordinary machine to grind melon, imagine if one of them construct a grinding machine, he will employ thousands if not millions and liberate himself and his generation from poverty.
Some of these graduates are so proud to learn the practicals of their chosen career. For example, a graduate who studied mechanical engineering in school should humble himself and learn the practicals and hands-on-training from a road side mechanic. But most of them see the road side mechanic as never do well, but they forgot that he has many years of experience and for them to access these knowledge, they have to humble themselves.
Indeed most of these graduates will never take on low paying jobs, rather than find something doing they go about feeding fat on their family and friends.
We know the country is hard but we no longer want people that all they do is cry and complain about what is wrong and what is not working. We need people who will change the narratives of this country.
Nigerian graduates should start to change their mentality by investing in their minds, they have to do away with employee mentality that they were groomed with.
They can do this by reading. By reading, they identify their mistakes, work towards avoiding those mistakes in the future and they also learn new things that will be useful to them. As the saying goes "A man that stops reading is already a dead man.”
Learning never stops so they should keep learning new skills, go for that training instead of going to clubs and buying expensive things they could barely afford just to show off.
They should also find something worthwhile to do while awaiting their dream job, they should humble themselves and volunteer. I tell you there are a lot of things you will learn by volunteering for organisations and individuals. Through volunteering, you will meet new people and increase your network list, understand how to manage people and situations. Although volunteering most times are unpaid, the graduates should look at what they will gain rather than the money.
Internship is another opportunity to learn the skills that will prepare them for future jobs and employment. Internship is a very good option for graduates to get hands-on skills on the job. The company provides them the opportunity to work in a dynamic environment and learn from the wealth of their staffs that has been on the job for years.
Technology is also another platform that offers a wide range of opportunities for our teeming unemployed youths. There are jobs that never existed six or ten years before such as Digital Marketing, Social Media Managing, etc. Technology creates an avenue for people to take on a new career. They should also learn short term skill to make a living for themselves. Short time skills such as Web Design, Graphics Design, etc.
Lastly, their mentality should also change from employee to employer mentality. The flood of unemployment ravaging our nation is too much for us to curtail. We no longer want graduates that will come and join the already saturated unemployed youths. We need those that will create jobs opportunities and investment for others. They should start that little business, for the work of their hands will be blessed. They should also not despise the days of their little beginnings.
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