Under The Hat

Posted: August 18, 2015 in JoB MiRRor
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The day which is arguably most looked forward to – arguably because some people would place their wedding day above it. But still, its the climax of educational achievement. After four, five or even six years of hardwork, exams of all sorts, diverse tests – mental or physical. You get a degree.

Its definitely a feat worth celebrating. Back in school (university), i never really looked forward to exams, every other day in school was good as we get to hang around with friends and enjoy the hostel life. But is school really the only place to attain knowledge?(that’s the primary goal).

Not trying to condemn the formal education system but if we really look at the present day situation, it may appear that it is mainly a test of retentive memory which is how much you can remember on that course during the exam.

Whatever you did during your stay in the University, whatever style or approach you chose to acquire your degree, what is important or what people are more interested in is the Degree. Sad as it may sound.

Graduating is one thing, you are now the man, you walk around the hood with pride even when you’re busy claiming “its nothing really”. Your uncles tell their kids, “See your cousin, he’s now a graduate, go and be like him” then you start giving fake motivational speeches to encourage others. its allowed.

But reality check sets when it dawns on you that graduating means no more pocket/feeding allowance, you notice you are broke and the ‘negative’ side is you have graduated, so you can’t ask Mum and Dad for money – that’s ‘childish’.

The next step is to go get a job. You prepare a Curriculum Vitae (CV), start applying to various companies and organizations, go for interviews and all.

More often than not, people don’t get the job on the first try. Then you realize sooner than later that looking for a job in Nigeria is a job in itself. But you know, something that really beats me is the way employers behave these days. You see an advert or maybe go for an interview and they tell you the post available requires seven years experience. How will a fresh graduate have that? Even when you have convinced them that you have what it takes.

I saw an advert for a job in Nigeria some days ago and it said something like “Nigerians who studied abroad from 21-25years, with minimum of three years experience…” As sad as i was, (not beefing the foreign students) with the segregation, i also think these employers are not ready to be serious.

We’ve gotten used to the segregation based on what you graduated with and we have seen times without number that idea that what you graduated with has no direct impact on whether you will be successful or not. I have also heard employers complain that most times after hiring the ‘best graduates’, they have to train them as if they did not learn anything in school.

My point here is, at the end of the day, it is those that gained knowledge while in school that standout. If everyone carried only what they learnt in school to the “real world’ no one will be great. What makes men stand out is basically what they learnt outside the classroom.


  1. Ada.O says:

    true, life is full of lessons , and those who do seize these opportunities to learn tend to be better equipped to navigate through life,A well written piece.well done!!


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