Education has proven to be a great tool for personal and national development hence the desire to acquire it. Each varying educational level are impactful and paves way towards specialization.
The undergraduate phase is a level of formal Education geared towards streamlining an individual’s desired discipline in a given learning field. In Nigeria of today, undergraduates are greatly encouraged to attain good grades with a believe that life beyond university indiscriminately favours an “A class”student not the “D class”. This has programmed the mind of our youth to be certificate driven, while the rest of the world are practical, skill and experience oriented. Unfortunately, this has led to a society of continual job seekers who are unable to create jobs and poor skill sets. Clearly, undergraduates hope for a satisfactory Job upon graduation but surprisingly fail to think, plan and discover ways to gainfully become self-employed creating jobs for others because of the preconceived idea of ‘Good Grade Guarantees a Great job’. When reality hits them, they are faced with frustration from lack of achieving the white-collar jobs especially after been promised by uncles and aunties.
Every undergraduate looks forward to when they write their last paper of their final exams, thinking the worst is over. Its is important that you are properly and mentally prepared for the labor world. Your degree does not grantee a job, I know you have earned excellent grades, burnt the night candles in school, however this does not guarantee or entitle you to a six-figure job, with full benefits and a corner office as you imagined. The importance of good grade should not be undermined but transferable skill set, experience and capacity building are important as much so as to create a balance and readiness to serve and be served.
The teeming demands for certain skill set and years of experience as a prerequisite for selecting employable candidates by employers indicates the need for a reorientation of our undergraduate if they must suit the demand of the day. Volunteering, internship opportunities and office assistant Jobs are ways to build those vital capacity thereby positioning one to be employable while undergoing graduate programme and beyond towards a better Nigeria.
By Ohakwe Ifunanya Pearl
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