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LIFE AFTER GRADUATION BY AYODELE AKINKUOTU (Managing Editor, Tell Magazine)

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  1. LIFE AFTER GRADUATIONBY AYODELE AKINKUOTU(Managing Editor, Tell Magazine)

  2. THE YEAR 1980: The Pilgrim began his Journey NOW - 2009 THE GRADUATE AS A HUNTER WHEN YOU CAN’T FIND A JOB AND TALKING ABOUT JOBS MANAGING TIME AND MONEY EXERCISE YOUR MIND (8) JUST LIKE INDIVIDUALS, NATIONS TOO DREAM

  3. (1) THE YEAR 1980: The Pilgrim began his Journey • - Twenty-nine years ago • - From all Universities and Polytechnics – number of graduates – 20-25,000 • - Before the final exams – Job interviews on campus • (Federal, States and Multinationals) • During the NYSC • The lucky graduate – Just thinking of which of the offers to take • Graduate’s salary in the Civil Service – N3,414 • Car Loan – N3,600; 2 Bed-room Flat, Marriage • Then – Dreams and Visions

  4. (2) NOW - 2009 • - Graduate Explosion - About 150 Universities and Polytechnics graduate • (300,000 every year) (The figure is rising – The NYSC is preparing to host 500,000 graduates every year now) • In the final year these days, no job interviews on campus • Jobs have dried up • At a time of astronomical rise in the number of university and polytechnic graduates. • This is at a time more resources are being ploughed into these institutions • For many graduates, the NYSC year is nine months of tension • For them – the question is: What happens next? • They have joined the 60 million unemployed people in Nigeria • Economic collapse, Industry Collapse • Graduate Becomes a pariah (Unable to find a job) • For the lucky ones among them, who manage to enter the civil service • Life compared to 29 years ago is a Nightmare • Salary, Car Loan, Accommodation, Marriage • This may look like the worst of times, yet it is the Best of times

  5. (3) THE GRADUATE AS A HUNTER • - Job-hunting: The stage that sets apart the mediocre from the merit-driven, who has a purpose. - What is the Worth of your certificate? - Who is the man behind the mask? - Writing an application and preparing a CV has become an art • - That is the window through which the Employer first comes in contact with you. • - The graduate with a first class or second class degree has an upper hand, - But he should beware • - Those with lower degrees may pass him by if he dwells too much on his euphoria • - This is the stage that separates the merit-driven, those with the can-do spirit from the mediocre. • - Thanks to the worldwide web-www.com the world is now a global village - A level playing field • - The roads leading to numerous opportunities more accessible if you know how to surf, trek and run - Majority of job-vacancies now only available on the net. • - The vacancies that make into the dailies not meant for the new graduate. • - The competition is keen – Friesland example. - This is the stage where you prove your worth as a graduate. - Mass comm. Graduates and the Skill gap. - The application may make the difference - Ayodeji Adeyemi example. - Interviews reveal a lot in the skill gap. - In Britain these days. - Need to close the Nation’s skill Gap - Employers say 80% of graduates unemployable

  6. (4) WHEN YOU CAN’T FIND A JOB • - Time to think out of the box • - Think Man, Think - Set up yourself - Not money that matters, but mental attitude - Out of adversity comes creative genius • Examples: • The suya graduate • Coaching Class • Coffee shops in Britain • Car Wash • Interior Decoration • Butcher • TELL • Jimoh Ibrahim • AlikoDangote • Don’t wait for manna to fall into your laps • Dream the dream, be Resourceful about it, use your imagination to attain your vision

  7. (5) AND TALKING ABOUT JOBS • - The Pack Mentality • - What a Job is - Not that employment that gives you plenty of money - A job is not about a beautiful office, well appointed - A job should be an avenue to utilize your TALENT - A job should be mentally and spiritually fulfilling - Use your job to serve your God. • - You should wake up in the morning and feel happy that you are going to work - The moment you start feeling otherwise, try something else. - Think out of the box.

  8. (6) MANAGING TIME AND MONEY • - Part of your resources is your time • - Under pressure, some people pray to squeeze 25 hours out of a 24-hour Day • - Managing your time well could mean all the difference between failure and success • - Track your undergraduate days, you will be amazed at how poorly some of you managed your time on this campus. • - What of Money - Your Needs are few, it is your wants that put you in trouble - Anecdote of a family outing - Your wants whet your greed - Watch your wants

  9. (7) EXERCISE YOUR MIND • - For a fulfilling life • - Books are a Must - Like athletes know, an unexercised muscle rots - So your mind can go to rot • - Many students graduate without owning a single book, even those who have some don’t know where they are • - The only way to keep your mind alive, save it from premature decay is to exercise it by READING. • - If you must realise your potential, you can’t afford not to read, (I am not talking of those eyeing careers in Academics) • - Reading will make the difference by keeping you away from the MEDIOCRE LANE • - Only people who constantly read realise their dreams and implement their vision • - They constantly think out of the Box.

  10. (8) JUST LIKE INDIVIDUALS, NATIONS TOO DREAM • - They think out of the box too • - Nigeria’s Vision 20:2020 agenda - Many do not believe we can realise it - But there are nations who achieved their vision - Singapore, independence in1965 - Wretched poor country - Today one of the first four financial centres in the world - Population of 3m, per capita 30,000 dollars - Lee Kuan Yew phenomenon - Another example - China, 1.35 billion

  11. - Some 20 years ago, asked Singapore for a 15 million dollar loan - China is now an economic power with an external reserve above two trillion dollars. • - So when will our nation think out of the box and actualize its dream and vision? • - Abiola and the reporter • - Sir, what is your next dream? • - His reply: I have stopped dreaming, what you should ask now is what is my vision? • - The graduates present here today are just going into the world, the next stage of your PILGRIMAGE is about to begin, dream all the dreams you can, translate them into visions and achieve them. • - Here present in this room this morning are some of our nation’s great achievers tomorrow. • - Go out there and strive and put your names on the sands of time. - The road ahead is rough, the journey arduous • - No matter the Odds, it is your patriotic duty to contribute your quota to the onerous task of fixing Nigeria. • - I know you can do it. • - Dear Pilgrims, Ambassadors of Unilorin, I wish you a safe Journey.