When you’re becoming an Ex-Corper, it’s easy to fall into a rut and feel like you aren’t getting anywhere or you don’t know the next steps to take.
But if you talk to people who have been there earlier before you, they might as well provide some amazing tips for life after NYSC and make survival experience worthwhile for you.
Guys! It’s no joke, your days of being a Corper is actually coming to an end. How prepared are you for the future ahead?
Are you going back to school? Getting a Job? Acquire more skills? or go back to your Dad’s garage to wash cars, hell No !!!
No more Khaki, No more PPA, No more CDS and No more free 19,800 Naira Allawee but more of you is expected, it’s time to unleash your great potentials.
Read along as I dish out wonderful tips to make your after NYSC experience a grace.
1. Identify and Grow your talent
As an individual who really wants to grow his or herself, you need to discover your talent, identify what you’re good at and develop it.
The popular “Maraji” switched from her Makeup hobby to Instagram comedy (started with dance comedy) during her NYSC program in Lagos state and she did awesomely well at it.
If you’re confused about your talent, ask your closed circles about your personality, let them give you hints about your traits, research on people with similar talents and tap inspirations from them.
Talents are not restricted to dancing, singing, or comedy, it could be writing, creative designs and lots more. However, you’re not obliged to compare your personal growth with that of anyone, we’re all different in our own way.
Because Oyinbo say “The talent of a man is his personal pot of soup” taink you.
2. Network with the key people
Networking is actually one of the smartest ways to make connections and grow yourself in any chosen career or way of life. Be on the lookout for the latest happenings in the professional world or where are your role models turning up?
Plan ahead, be there and be smart enough to meet, greet and connect with these key individuals.
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3. Don’t spend more than you earn
That’s where we all are getting it wrong, that Girlfriend or Boyfriend should understand you’re not working yet, there should be a limit to their demand and don’t overspend out of idk.
Na money be fine Bobo, if you don’t have the money, stop faking it, it hurts in the long run.
Get some financial knowledge, ask your successful acquaintances (siblings, uncles or aunts) how they spend and save without going broke or being overly selfish to themselves.
4. Money is not everything
It’s a grievous mistake to compare yourself with your friend that was riding his Dad’s car throughout the service year.
To get into your desired career choice after NYSC, you might need to take that low paying jobs, volunteer or even freelance for some little pay but the fulfillment of doing what you’ll love to do shouldn’t be underestimated.
Being an ex-Corper shouldn’t stop you from taking an internship role at your desired firms.
The money might not be up to your expectations from start but your personal goals and accomplishments should be prioritized in all ramifications.
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5. Be Computer Literate
Sorry if this sounds too absurd to your hearing but it’s no joke that some Corpers/Ex- Corpers can’t search for a word on an excel sheet and it’s actually not so cool.
Attend digital training, read wikihow, follow and subscribe to blogs, watch videos and practice all you’ve learned.
Try as much as possible to up your computer or tech game, ask all the foolish questions you have now before you begin to appear in front of interviewers or find yourself in some situations.
Part of your computer savviness is to have a functioning, formal email (not [email protected]) please don’t do that to yourself.
Take your social media serious and personal, remove the half-nude pictures if you can afford it, make your bio descriptive or simple, avoid getting into all sorts of conversations because you want to trend online it can alter your personality and above all be yourself.
This article kinda looks like an uncompleted building that needs some little retouch before the owner comes back from Russia 2018.
However, the above-listed tips should give you a crystal clear understanding of what you should do next.
Finally, it’s over but the feeling of nervousness, relief from the national struggle or the fear of where your head might push you.
You just can’t figure it out all by yourself but you are not alone. Kindly drop other suggestions on what next after NYSC in the comment box.
Originally published on Naijloaded