Life After NYSC May Be Brutal: 7 Realities You May Face After NYSC
Life After NYSC May Be Brutal: 7 Realities You May Face After NYSC: “If I knew what I know now, 6 years ago, during my NYSC days, I would not have stressed myself looking for jobs. But I do not want you to leave NYSC feeling frustrated, that is why I’m sharing this with you.
You May Think Some of Your Friends Are Doing Better Than You
Today’s youths are fond of using the phrase “school na scam.” But I disagree with that notion. School is still an important variable in the success equation.
However, our society has been approaching it the wrong way.
For decades, our educational system has always prepared us to be job seekers instead of job creators.
And that is why we have more unemployed graduates out there than the companies that can absorb them.
So, we were never taught how to improvise or think outside the box. Instead, they prepared us to work for Chevron, Shell, Unilever, NGOs, and other big brands.
Once we fail to secure a job in any top-rated multinationals, we immediately believe we are failures.
Getting a Job (with brands) is Never the Answer to Your Financial Problem.
Let me quickly ask you a question. Who did you feel when you got the job, you are doing now? You were so certain that it would be the beginning of your financial liberty, weren’t you?
But what happened after the first few months, your expenses have increased. And the salary that seems so attractive at first is no longer enough.
It is not because you are extravagant. But it is because your salary is a short-term solution to a long-term problem.
And most of us from this part of the world carry the entire family’s financial responsibility once we start working.
You may start paying your younger one’s tuition, receive calls from extended relatives, friends appeal for funds, the problem is ‘ad infinitum’ (endless).
Remember, this is just one person out of the millions of graduates facing the same frustration. Because their friends are doing better than them, their emotions (fear and greed) do the thinking for them.
If you are a serving corps member or undergraduate in any Nigerian university reading this, take it seriously.
Start thinking of a skill that will give you a soft-landing after NYSC. I do not want to sound scary, but LIFE AFTER NYSC IS BRUTAL.
Realities You May Face After NYSC
If You Do Not Have a Strong Will, You May Think Fraud
Most Internet fraudsters (Yahoo boys) will always tell you that they are doing it due to unemployment. In fact, they will tell you how long they have suffered in life.
But I disagree, unemployment is not enough reason to defraud people of their hard-earned money. And mudslinging the country’s reputation.
You can channel the energy you use to defraud innocent people to something legal and more productive.
Nobody Gives You Money Anymore
Except you are from a rich home, you may not get a dime from anybody after NYSC. The general belief is that you have graduated and do not need money anymore.
Even some of your relatives and friends who were your constant ATMs while you were in school will not send you money. They believe if you need money, you should be able to earn it.
Those Who Promised You Jobs May Disappoint
When you are still in school, several people will promise to help you get a job. But after NYSC, most of them will not even answer your calls.
And if you have already relied on their promise of getting you a job, you will be heartbroken when they start avoiding your call.
Your Girlfriend and Younger Ones
Your Younger One’s May Start Disrespecting You
You remembered how your younger siblings treated you with so much respect during your undergraduate and NYSC days?
You may not get that treatment long after NYSC, except you, are lucky to find a good job immediately. Otherwise, they will start disrespecting you stylishly.
That is why it is never advisable to return to your parents’ home after graduation. I know you may have a different opinion about it. But it is strongly advisable to leave your comfort zone and start facing real-life experience.
After my NYSC in River State, I know of a guy who rented a local zinc hunt (Basha) in Port Harcourt. He never went back home.
He started a lesson teacher consulting business, and today he is doing very well. In fact, recently moved to his apartment (I mean the one he built).
Your Girlfriend May Leave You for Someone Else
Girls do not like wasting their time with someone who is not ready for marriage after NYSC. Of course, they may show you all the love, care, and attention during your NYSC year. But when you guys are done with service, do not expect the same thing.
At that time, your girlfriend needs something more than mere romance and Cinderella love’s fantasy.
So, if she does not see the prosperity light on your forehead, she may go with the next person ready for marriage.
But is that heartbreak? NO, she did not break your heart. Instead, she is realistic about the situation”.