My timeline has been awash with graduates that just passed out from the NYSC scheme. Congratulations to you all!
I’ve got a bit of advice for you, though. First, your certificate is not as necessary as you think; unemployment does not give a damn. So here are some tips:
1. You see that Uncle promised you a job when you finish NYSC? Don’t bother calling him; he’ll give you excuses. While waiting for him to contact you, create value, learn a skill when you’re done learning, start learning another skill. To date, I read random topics on Wikipedia every day just to learn something new.
2. If you are good at something, never do it for free. You don’t expect your parents to keep feeding you even if they want to; monetise that small thing you can do very well and support yourself and them by extension.
3. Always say “Yes” when asked about stuff.
Years ago, I received a call asking me, “Do you know how to blog?” I had no clue what blogging was then, but I had a laptop, so I told the caller, “Yes, I can” that answer got me a job immediately. I learned how to blog that evening, and after a lot of trial and error while working for my new employers, look who’s a badass retired blogger now?
4. Don’t underestimate the power of Social Media. Use social media to generate content and share ideas with people around you. Learn from some of these online bloggers, as social media can get you thousands if not millions of Naira.
6. Finally, let God lead. Be patient, don’t let desperation make you do anyhow because you want to make money. God makes all things beautiful in His time. Be patient.