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5 Important Lessons Every Nigerian Student Should Learn Before Graduation by Egwuda33: 1:48am On Sep 20, 2015
1. Learning continues
It’s tempting to think that because you are
officially out of formal education, you stop
learning, but resist the temptation. Learning is a
life-long activity, and an indispensible part of
every individual’s growth. Even in the
workplace, you’ll be required to constantly
brush up on your old skills, and pick up new
ones along the way. So don’t throw away your
pens just yet!

2. A certificate does not equal success
It’s useful, but it is not the be-all and end-all of
a successful career. In the real world, people
are more interested in what skills you can offer,
and what difference you can bring to the table,
rather than how many ‘A’s you achieved, or
your GPA. Consider a University degree as a
stepping-stone, rather than the end goal.

3. Develop a good attitude and communication
skills
Having a carefree attitude towards people may
(but it shouldn’t) work for you in school/
University, but in the real world, it won’t be of
any help! It’s very important to maintain cordial
relationships with people, to the best of your
ability! (Who knows? One of them could be a
potential employer.) Also learn the art of
initiating and maintaining a conversation, and
being able to sell yourself in a short space of
time!

4. Start searching for jobs before you graduate
This is so important. Many undergraduates
don’t understand the importance of starting the
job search early, and getting ahead in the race.
Get professional help with your C.V., speak to
knowledgeable people in your chosen industry,
attending networking events, and contact
organisations you’re interested in. Start
equipping yourself for life after University, and
be proactive!

5. Learn how to manage your finances
This might be more difficult for students who
are still dependent on parents or guardians, but
it’s very important to manage money well, as it
will help you start earning a salary. Ensure you
budget properly, put some money aside for a
rainy day, and avoid impulse buying and living
beyond your means.

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