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Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by xfire: 12:10pm On Nov 27, 2015
This was an article I wrote sometime ago with some minor editing.

What makes a Nigerian graduate employable in today's labour market?

No doubt, good jobs are hard to get in Nigeria. The 2014 Nigerian Immigration job test in which over 700,000 graduates were jostling for about 4,500 average paying job openings is a glaring example of the alarming employment situation. The bloated job market notwithstanding, many graduates still get absolved into good organizations on a yearly basis. This details a list of the top 10 most important qualities that enhance employability in Nigeria. It is almost a certainty that a graduate will land a good quality job within a short period if he or she has some of the 10 qualities mentioned below:
NB. These are not my wishlists but simply a true reflection of the most sought-after qualities in today's graduates.

1. Good grade - It is almost needless to say that one of the basic requirement for most vacancies these days is a good grade. You stand a better chance with a first class degree. Having a good grade automatically means that you can apply for almost all graduate jobs that require your area of expertise which increases your chance of getting the dream job. However, having a good grade is not an end to itself as there are many competing grads with equally good grades. For students, I will advise you work hard and graduate with stellar grades to increase your chances in the labour market.. For those already out with lower grades, work on other qualities to enhance your employability.

2. Communication skill
- You can never underestimate the importance of communication - the ability to express one's self coherently and adequately both in writing and speaking. The difference between two equally good graduates usually boils down to the person who has superior articulation ability. Communication skill is critical to success both in the test and oral interview stage of a recruitment process. Writing skill is also essential in CV and cover letter writing. At the end of the day, it is not often the 'best' that gets the job; it is the candidate who is able to sell him/herself more than the rest that most frequently gets the job

3. Age - Like it or not, age remains a critical factor in the Nigerian labour market. Most graduate jobs have age restrictions. As you grow older, the number of eligible vacancies available to you would become progressively lesser. The younger you are, the more jobs you can pursue and the higher the probability of landing of one or more of the jobs

4. Networking / Interpersonal skills - Nigerians call this different names (such as recommendation, building contacts, connections, man-know-man, pressing buttons, favouristism, etc. ) depending on individual perception and perspective. Jobs are gotten via networking worldwide and Nigeria is not an exception. Networking in itself is not bad and can be used to further one's career. But the influence of networking in Nigeria is often blown out of proportion. You do not need to know anyone to land a good job, especially in the private sector. Countless number of people get good jobs in Nigeria without knowing anyone. I am a witness. However, it is still paramount to develop good social/networking skills.

5. Analytical Skill - This is one of the most essential skills highly sought after by companies. It is usually tested in the job aptitude exams. I have seen many graduates with good grades and marketable courses who flunk job tests simply because they have poor analytical/mathematical skills. They simply can't handle the mathematics / quantitative section of the tests. Analytical skill also involves problem solving and this is rigorously tested during interview sessions. You need a job? Work on your analytical ability. It is no excuse even if you read a non-science course (like English, law, history, etc.)

6. Masters / Professional Certification - There are simply some disciplines that having a masters degree, especially in a top school will brighten your chances of landing a dream job. Examples are geology, architecture, lecturing, some engineering disciplines, etc. There are certain kind of jobs (e.g. business and HR consulting) that having an MBA will be very valuable. Also, the importance of certification in disciplines such as accounting, Information Technology, Safety, HR, investment, stock broking, etc. cannot be overstated. However, many still get good jobs without having an extra degree or certification. Most graduate jobs do not necessarily require an additional degree.

7. Basic Computer Skill - The corporate world revolves around information technology. Almost all entry level job positions require graduates to have basic MS Office skills (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Most job vacancies are advertised and applied online. Many job tests are computer based. CV's and cover letters are designed using computers. Job hunting is all about information gathering and most information including books, interview and test materials are now in electronic forms.

8. Knowledge of Business / Corporate World- Having a knowledge of the corporate can be a big advantage, especially in interviews. Many employers search for this knowledge amongst graduates, even the technically inclined ones. Employers are business oriented and are increasingly leaning towards graduate with knowledge of how business runs and how to make business decisions, irrespective of academic background. This is akin to business leadership qualities. It isadvisable for graduates to have basic understanding issues such as personnel management, leave, branding, advertisement, finance, investment, labour issues, community issues, workplace safety, managing your boss, etc

9. 'Marketability' of course - The more marketable your course of study is, the brighter your chances of getting a good job. All courses are good, but some courses appear more 'marketable' than others. Just go through job vacancies in the last 5 years and you will not disagree with me that courses such as accounting, engineering, nursing, medicine, etc. seem to be more in demand.

10. Valuable Internship/ Volunteer Experience - Having relevant internship or volunteer experience can potentially give you a competitive edge over others in sectors such as oil/gas, construction, advertising, banking etc. Many graduates get chosen above others as a result of applicable experience garnered from a few months of internship. However, it is not the only prerequisite for success in job hunting.

Other important factors worthy of mention include tribe / region (e.g. oil companies favour host communities in job placements), talent, alma mater (some schools simply carry more weight than others), leadership experience etc. In conclusion, it must be reiterated that the above qualities can only improve greatly your chances of landing a good job in Nigeria. There is always the GOD factor / luck / grace that cannot be ruled out.

Xfire is a graduate of one of the notable public universities in Nigeria, with working experience in the FMCG and petroleum industry. He currently works as an engineer in a multinational oil company in Nigeria. He is passionate about guiding people to achieve their dream careers, and he is known for his pragmatic approach towards career and life issues.

www.jarushub.com/top-10-employable-qualities-for-graduates-that-guarantee-top-jobs-in-nigeria/

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Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by DrFunmi(f): 12:19pm On Nov 27, 2015
Nice one FTC
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Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by Mixty: 12:30pm On Nov 27, 2015
can't fault this. The most important one here is GRADE.
For the young students, try as hard as you can to finish with a minimum of 2.1
Cos it is really HARD out there for 2.2 peeps. You don't want to lose opportunities cos of your playfulness in school resulting in poor grades.

lalasticlala

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Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by LaurelP(m): 12:32pm On Nov 27, 2015
11. God's Grace

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Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by richidinho(m): 12:49pm On Nov 27, 2015
IS IT APPLICABLE TO OUR LAWMAKERS LAWBREAKERS?


meanwhile

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Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by miqos02(m): 12:49pm On Nov 27, 2015
hmmm

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Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by Nobody: 12:49pm On Nov 27, 2015
Parks Car

I agree with you 100% but who you know matters also
Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by ylaa(f): 12:49pm On Nov 27, 2015
11. WHO YOU KNOW. (GODFATHER, GODMOTHER AND GODUNCLE) A VERY IMPORTANT FACTOR. MORE IMPORTANT THAN ALL THE POINTS MENTIONED ABOVE.

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Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by money121(m): 12:50pm On Nov 27, 2015
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Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by Nobody: 12:50pm On Nov 27, 2015
JPB
Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by ModiKen(m): 12:50pm On Nov 27, 2015
LaurelP:
11. God's Grace

How is God's grace a quality of an employable graduate.

Recieve sense! angry

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Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by Sasuwa(f): 12:50pm On Nov 27, 2015
Ok
Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by oolawale(m): 12:50pm On Nov 27, 2015
God Grace
Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by Caliph69: 12:51pm On Nov 27, 2015
...and you forgot another essential factor: I sabi person
Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by Swiftkey(m): 12:51pm On Nov 27, 2015
End time graduates I guess
Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by darlenese(f): 12:51pm On Nov 27, 2015
All for one person


I believing in training employees

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Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by onosprince(m): 12:52pm On Nov 27, 2015
Good looking like me grin
Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by Nobody: 12:53pm On Nov 27, 2015
hahahaha. very true
Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by ambassadorgozie(m): 12:53pm On Nov 27, 2015
Xfire u r one of my mentors..tanx for ur career guide so far.

I tink i,m qualified and hav almost all d skills above.
Believing God for my miracle.

God will bless us all!
Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by obinnashady(m): 12:54pm On Nov 27, 2015
All lies...from A--Z, na connection dey give job 4 naija.period
Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by NOBODYY: 12:55pm On Nov 27, 2015
Swiftkey:
End time graduates I guess

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Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by kingkendrick(m): 12:56pm On Nov 27, 2015
What is this one talking about, this is Nigeria, na Connect sure pass!
Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by richidinho(m): 12:56pm On Nov 27, 2015
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Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by Miracle4Sure: 12:56pm On Nov 27, 2015
Great
Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by HenryThegreat1(m): 12:57pm On Nov 27, 2015
It's God grace and connection;
forget grade
Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by Nobody: 12:58pm On Nov 27, 2015
Bravo!
Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by PHATE007(f): 1:01pm On Nov 27, 2015
#GRACE is a very important factor
Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by Flips: 1:04pm On Nov 27, 2015
Another insightful article from xfire and jarus hub
Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by bulldoza: 1:05pm On Nov 27, 2015
good
Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by Gerrard59(m): 1:07pm On Nov 27, 2015
Xfire is back!!!!!!. Yeah. Welcome back Boss.






Signed. Senior Advocate of Jarushub
Re: Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates by Flips: 1:07pm On Nov 27, 2015
ylaa:
11. WHO YOU KNOW. (GODFATHER, GODMOTHER AND GODUNCLE) A VERY IMPORTANT FACTOR. MORE IMPORTANT THAN ALL THE POINTS MENTIONED ABOVE.
Don't you read? The foolishness of today's graduate! They don't read.
Read No. 4 of the write-up (networking skills)

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