Advice For Students- Things to work on before graduation

1. Spoken English

It is so sad that majority of Nigerian students in tertiary institutions don’t bother about polishing their spoken and written English. Some graduates speak English worse than a toddler, making one wonder what they spent 16 years in school doing. You hear them saying things like “he come and slap me and I come and beat him”. Imagine speaking such to an interviewer with a first class clearly written
on your CV, he will probably think you paid your way through school.

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The use of words like yeah, goddamn, sh*t, f**k etc should be stopped because they don’t portray you as a decent person.

2. Mode of dressing

Looking fly on campus was one of the things I enjoyed during my undergraduate days. It was fun because you had so much of the opposite sex around to admire you. The moment I graduated, my orientation changed. I am not saying that a graduate should stop wearing sneakers and the likes, but sagging and putting on studs with crazy hairstyle should stop. Believe you me, you look childish.

If such a person wants to fit into the corporate world, how will he cope? In the corporate world, you get to mingle with matured or married men with enough decency. Sagging in their midst will make you look like a kid. Just because your
favourite musician Davido and Wizkid sags their trousers doesn’t mean you should do the same. He gets paid to do that while you could get fired for doing same.

3. Spendthrift attitude

The first time I heard someone say his salary is 70k, I hissed and mocked him in my mind because that was the same amount we students spent on phones just to oppress each other. Now I’ve seen people earn less than 45k even with donkey years of experience.

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What kind of person do you think you’ll turn out to be when all you want is the latest expensive gadgets? In the real world, no one cares about the kind of phone you use. Even in Nigerian campuses, these days, girls have stopped falling for a
guy because of the kind of phone he uses, they now trip for flashy cars and the weight of your pocket (no offense to the ladies).

So, before you go about spending that huge amount on a phone, ask yourself this
question: “is it going to improve my standard of living?”. I didn’t know I could turn my smart phone to a mini laptop with WPS, Excel etc until I got employed. I can even blog full time with my Tecno L6. My phone was all about BBM, Whatsapp and Facebook. I now saw the full potential of the phone.

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Bottom Line- You need to cut down on your spending. Save for the rainy day. Also, get the idea of clubbing off your mind or it might ruin your pockets. The money saved from disciplining yourself can be used to start something great. Use your head wisely.

4. Laziness

You remember how you use to complain about the large notebooks you have to read for exams? If you lack a good reading culture, it is certain you will be bereft of ideas to contribute to a company’s growth. You are always on lindaikeji’s blog 2-4-7 and other gossip blogs where you are updated with the lifestyle of celebrities who have made their own money but lack the idea of what the top 20 questions interviewers ask.

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Although, scaling through campus days as a lazy person doesn’t mean such is likely to continue in the real world. Carrying on with laziness is what leads to
prostitution, where a lady feels she can use her body to fetch her daily bread instead of her brain, or where a guy still expects his uncle to be the one to help him achieve his targets even after getting him a job through nepotism. You get to wonder why they spent 16 years developing their brain in school.

5. Pride

I remember when I was in my final year at school, I was always happy about what the future held for me. I knew I was going to get a job that pays me 350k immediately I graduated. Reality slapped me in the face when my first offer was a job paying 30k. I had no choice but to take the offer because I was already tired of adding more months to the six months I had spent at home just sleeping.

Luckily for me, that job paved the way for a better one because it gave me the
needed experience recruiters want to see on a CV. I’ve now realized that
350k is only feasible for those in the oil sector and those with huge years of experience; not a fresh graduate who doesn’t know his left from his right.

As you are about graduating, never see any job as demeaning. Take it up while you continue searching for a better one. This gives you experience. A bird in
hand is better than a million in the bush. Remember, you are a nobody and no one gives a damn about you out there. So, drop your pride and use your head and hands or end up spending years still eating your mum’s food with insults.

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By Felix Ije

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    1. Nigerian Infopedia really want to express her regrets over the acclaimed article written by one of her guest authors. We have taken disciplinary action against Felix and would properly credit the article with your link as a refrence. Thanks for pointing it out

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