What are your plans after school? Almost every finalist has been asked this question in one way or the other. But unfortunately, only a few have a concrete answer to such questions. The transition from being an undergraduate to becoming a graduate is kinder funny and scary to most students. The thought of being independent, no more frequent pocket money from Daddy and Mummy, Uncles and Aunts, Brothers and Sisters… is something we all have to deal with. It is a period when every decision you make counts and are very vital to your future because everybody now looks up to you.
Let’s make something clear, “Students think”. In fact, students think a lot about money, drinks, parties, opposite sex and so on but most importantly students think about their lives after school, which is good. The bad thing however is that what they think about life after school are majorly unrealistic thoughts like, “Hey, I am finally in 100 level studying economics in Kogi State University, and I’ll graduate in 4 years’ time, then go for service and probably do some masters and PhD thingy then get a job and make money“.
That’s so unrealistic that it makes WWE wrestling more real. It’s plain garbage thought you need to start getting out of your head. This life isn’t Hollywood, and when you’re born into one hell of a country like Nigeria, you need to wise up and start thinking with your “brain”.
If you can take your time and look outside your window to see millions of graduates roaming about the streets, you’ll probably understand that it’s not as easy as you think it is. If it was that easy, your parents and your friend’s parents and all parents in Nigeria will be multi-billionaires and you may not even need to go to school.
Life isn’t easy, and Nigeria is making life even harder for Nigerians. The labour market is so choked-up, it will take extra power for an angel to pass through. There is hardship in every corner of the country and the earlier you realize these things, the better for you. So instead partying and smiling all around school, why don’t you sit yourself down and not only think logically but also plan logically. These topics might get you onto the right path:
==> First and foremost, you need to realize you only have one life to live. Every circumstance you find yourself will most definitely come once, you don’t go to primary school twice, well, except you’re going there the second time to teach or something. My point is, in every situation you find yourself, you have to try hard in making the best out of that situation. If you don’t succeed, it’s okay, at least you tried.
==> Ask yourself questions like why are there few rich people in the country? What can I do to get there? What are my potentials? What are my weaknesses? You have tons of questions you should start asking yourself.
==> You need to start tasking yourself. Are you too young to make money? I mean, there are lots of unemployed graduates out there who still depend on their parents. I know you don’t want to belong in that category when you’re done with school. You need to know what you have to do to make that money so you do not have to depend on anybody.
God has given you a talent, why don’t you discover it and start using it to make money now. There are tons of things you can do as an undergraduate that can cough out money for you, you just need to think and plan on how to strike a balance between your academics and what you’re doing.
It’s not how petty the job is or how little you’re earning, it’s about knowing for a fact that you can do something to improve your situation.
A lot of OND, HND, BSc, PhD holders are out there (those certs. are common these days), some even have all those certs with them at the moment but have nothing to show for it because they failed to realize that school is not about learning on how to work for a boss, it’s also about how to develop yourself to being your own boss.
==> You need to stop thinking about your future and know that the future you are thinking of is “NOW”. You have to start thinking and planning logically from now on.
==> You need to start encouraging yourself to do things that’ll make you big. Forget where you are now, it doesn’t matter, it’s where you’re going to be when it’s all said and done that matters.
Forget the fact that you stay in one shady place, and your fellow mates stay in billionaires lodge or exquisite lodge (it’s probably not their money anyways), it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are formulating a plan that will change your situation when four years is done and dusted.
All-in-all, you have to think of doing only what’s necessary to get that money, not something people like or what they don’t like, not what brings shame to you or doesn’t bring shame to you, you don’t have to care what people think about you, ’cause at the end of it all, it’s you and only you that matters.
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