After the completion of their one year National service programme, most graduates are usually scared of not having a source of income.
There will be no more NYSC allowance (N33,000), and graduates will be left in the harsh Nigeria labour market. The high rate of unemployment in Nigeria has made a large number of graduates roam the streets in search of jobs.
Sometimes, this leads them into serious social vices such as; yahoo yahoo, prostitution, kidnapping, armed robbery, and so on.
Aside the government failure to provide jobs, some graduates usually make mistakes which they later regret. To help you avoid life of regret, I wrote this article to educate you on the biggest mistakes graduates make after their NYSC programme.
Below is the list of big mistakes graduates make after NYSC;
1. Staying at home till you get a job
Most graduates believe they can make legit money only by getting a job. They have forgotten that skills pay a lot. Most employers even prefer using graduates with skills to those that lack the necessary skills needed for the job. If you have skills that employers need, they will take you regardless of your certificate.
So, rather than, staying at home waiting to get a job, acquire at least a skill that will catapult you to your dream job. I will publish another article titled ‘the best skills I recommend for every graduate’.
2. Desperate to make quick money
The quest to make quick money can be the biggest mistake you would ever made. If you think about how to make fast money, it will be difficult for you to be productive and useful to the society.
Get-rich-quick scheme is never a good idea, and if care is not taking it will lead you into illegal money-making acts which the consequences is fatal.
Making money takes time, and you need to be patient too. You can start a small scale business and grow it. There are a lot of profitable businesses you can start with low capital.
3. Settling for any kind of job
Don’t get me wrong here, if you are a guy/lady who is well prepared for this stage, good and fine. You go ahead but if otherwise, don’t.
Don’t be desperate to get a job. If you do, you may forget your worth, and settle for any kind of job that comes your way which unfortunately is no job.
4. Getting married
Most female graduates are eager to jump into marriage immediately after NYSC so as to secure financial security because they believe the man will cater for them. While this might work for you, it is the cause of marriage failure in several homes.
It will be wiser to gain your financial independence by getting a job or starting a business before going into marriage. Don’t use marriage as a tool to attain financial independence, it might eventually backfire.
5. Not planning to get a job at all
There are some graduates who depend on their parents’ wealth. They believe they can never go hungry because their parents have a lot of money. With this type of mindset, they won’t know what it takes to make money and can be able to mange their parents’ business.
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