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Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by vadeoba: 12:41pm On Feb 20, 2018
I have been encouraging undergraduates in my engagements especially on campuses not to consider second class lower (2:2) any longer as a grade to graduate with. The Nigeria labour market is competitive more than ever before and to think you will get your dream job with second class lower grade may be impossible.

The least you should graduate with is second class upper (2:1). Many of the big firms and multinationals rarely give any candidate with 2:2 grade opportunity to write their tests not to talk of getting to the interview room to show what you are made of. You need to give your academic all your efforts while on campus to make sure you don’t go below 2:1 even if it means graduating with 3.50 CGPA on dot.

I know a lot of smart people who are still at home looking for a job just because they graduated with 2:2. Some of them wrote professional exams thinking it will quickly increase their chances of getting a good job but still they are missing a lot of opportunities for not doing enough to get into the 2:1 circle.

What an employer of labour will first request for in Nigeria is not the number of qualifications you have but what you graduated with from the university especially if you are trying to get in through the graduate trainee recruitment.

In recent time, employers of labour in attempt to save energy from having to remove 2:2 CVs from their job entries always make sure they include minimum of 2:1 in their requirements and some already set up their system in a way that it automatically remove the CV of any graduate with 2:2. The only job that banks are magnanimous enough to allow 2:2 to apply for is cashier job.

If you are still on campus, you need to be more serious with your study and if you are a graduate with 2:2, here are my advice for you:

1. Put in for a skill acquisition program with a vision to build a business around the skill later.
2. Start a business with little capital and be resolute.
3. Get into the tech space to see if you can come up with a disruptive idea.
4. Go for masters abroad if your parents can afford it or look for scholarship opportunity.
5. Pick up any job opportunity that relates with what you studied even if the pay is poor and make sure you learn as much as you can on the job.
6. Develop relationship with people in your dream companies as that may help you get in through their experience hire recruitment (This is key).
7. Start your professional exams
The worst thing that can happen to you is to sit at home wasting your life because you are yet to get a job. If the paid jobs are not forthcoming. Look for a pro bono service and be committed to it. Volunteer for programs and make sure you network with people.
No matter what, don’t give up on yourself and never believe that you can’t succeed because you finished with 2:2. We have a lot of people who finished with 2:2 and are successful. Your life is up to you, don’t loan it to your certificate.

#IamVincentAdeoba


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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by greatnaija01: 12:48pm On Feb 20, 2018
with all these THERE ARE STILL NO JOBS.


being self employed is BEST.

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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by kennybelle: 12:55pm On Feb 20, 2018
you are right in a way, especially those that have no connections. h/ever graduating with a 2:2 doesn't mean the person did not work hard. Some students worked hard to get a grade of 2:2, we all have our limits and limitations.

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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by khalazi: 1:05pm On Feb 20, 2018
What about third class?

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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by HigherEd: 1:48pm On Feb 20, 2018
Actually the first person to get a Job from my class after we graduated from school was the only third class graduate amongst us. The second guy who barely got a 2.2 now works in his father's company. Many of the 2.1s are still at home. I'm not trying to encourage mediocrity but the Nigerian labour market is more complex that y'all think.

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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by AnodaIT(m): 2:03pm On Feb 20, 2018
Options available
1. Get ICT skills and certifications
2. Get a connection for government work
3. Join Politics
4. Start a business

Forget Masters, most employers will still ask after your first degree

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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by LaudableXX: 2:29pm On Feb 20, 2018
HigherEd:
Actually the first person to get a Job from my class after we graduated from school was the only third class graduate amongst us. The second guy who barely got a 2.2 now works in his father's company. Many of the 2.1s are still at home. I'm not trying to encourage mediocrity but the Nigerian labour market is more complex that y'all think.
Exactly! sad I even know about three Ph.D holders, without jobs. Some of those who are already employed, are even under-employed meaning they are doing jobs meant for people with lower qualifications, and far lesser levels of experience!

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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by LaudableXX: 2:32pm On Feb 20, 2018
AnodaIT:
Options available
1. Get ICT skills and certifications
2. Get a connection for government work
3. Join Politics
4. Start a business

Forget Masters, most employers will still ask after your first degree
Forget Masters?' When most of those that are still job hunting are already Masters' degree holders? I thought you would ask them to get a professional qualification in addition to their existing qualifications.... but not ask them to forget Masters!

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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by Uyi168(m): 2:44pm On Feb 20, 2018
HigherEd:
Actually the first person to get a Job from my class after we graduated from school was the only third class graduate amongst us. The second guy who barely got a 2.2 now works in his father's company. Many of the 2.1s are still at home. I'm not trying to encourage mediocrity but the Nigerian labour market is more complex that y'all think.
Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by Uyi168(m): 2:46pm On Feb 20, 2018
HigherEd:
Actually the first person to get a Job from my class after we graduated from school was the only third class graduate amongst us. The second guy who barely got a 2.2 now works in his father's company. Many of the 2.1s are still at home. I'm not trying to encourage mediocrity but the Nigerian labour market is more complex that y'all think.
One word-connection...if u knw where u come from,its advisable to finish well

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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by Nobody: 4:10pm On Feb 20, 2018
Graduate with your 2:1 na
Jobs yanfu-yanfu for that level, iwatago

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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by Futurecrown(m): 5:10pm On Feb 20, 2018
My friend graduated with second class lower division (2.2) and he got employed at a multinational oil&gas firm, he did professional courses worth 850k in Lagos last year before he could secured the job last year without any connection, so brother try network yourself in all ramifications and never see yourself as a second fiddle.

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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by Litblogger: 5:54pm On Feb 20, 2018
Ignorance...
Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by Nobody: 6:52pm On Feb 20, 2018
My Brother Forget ds 2.2 of thing in ds country.. I graduated with 2.2 and i do get many Job offer.. Ds country is smtin else my bro.. Everytin is connection..
It is well

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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by Nobody: 1:57am On Feb 21, 2018
the main question is. 2.2, 3rd class oo, or even pass, will it stop u from going into politics and becoming a high end politician as long as u have bsc?

Answer is no. So 2.1 no Epps anybody

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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by telim: 7:42am On Feb 21, 2018
It is no longer an option for those that think the only thing they got to offer is the useless certificate.

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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by AntiWailer: 8:21am On Feb 21, 2018
Nice one.


If you are still in school and can make 2-1 , just go for it.

If u can no longer make 2-1 or already graduated with 2-2. Start making excuses like the poster above me.

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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by teamsynergy: 8:22am On Feb 21, 2018
Stop this nonsense. Not everyone will graduate with a 2:1..... And mind u, if u know what u are doing and can get a good job with ur 2:2.. So many 2:1 graduateS r unemployed... Naija problem is not what u graduate with, it is a problem of govt lack of foresight....

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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by purem(m): 8:22am On Feb 21, 2018
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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by AishaBuhari: 8:22am On Feb 21, 2018
My certificate is just to proof to my kids that I went to school. Can't enslave myself under any stupid firm all in the name of meager pay

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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by obembet(f): 8:22am On Feb 21, 2018
Well, am glad to inform u that schooling only get u literate,its your investment in literature create your actual future... What u obtain for school is for school...

Another my boss told me is your certificate ( First class to pass) finish thier job immediately u finish interview


The First person to get job dring my set was a lady that graduated with 3rd class..

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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by 3html: 8:22am On Feb 21, 2018
I graduated with 2.9 it was so painful though at then, i threw away the certificate (in my box) then face life squarely, working as an independent web designer, freelancer, and above all a die hard blogger hahahahahaha.


I can boast of a bungalow cool that cost over 9million
Above all i make 360k monthly

Any body that tells u your certification is 100% tied to your success I beg you disagree with such a fellow

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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by DoTheNeedful: 8:23am On Feb 21, 2018
Same same story. 2:1 doesn't guarantee any job. It was a great leverage over a decade ago but not any longer. There are thousands of Nigerians with 2:1 roaming about the streets or who are forcing themselves to do masters.

What having 2:1 does is that you will be able to get more invitations for tests than those with lower. The tricky part is that you will always meet thousands of people with similar grades or with first class at those test centres and hear me right: you are all competing for maybe 100 slots or less. Some of you will get to 4th stage and won't get the job because of the competition. The funny part is that those who graduated with 2:2 many times would have moved on to better things while those with better grades would be expecting feedbacks from the Shells, Schlumbegers, KPMGs, Nestles of this world and if they are not careful, before blinking, 2 years of their lives would have gone.

By all means study hard and make good grades but that is just the beginning. Some of you are destined to travel out to study, some to work in banks, some with government, some others in oil companies and other multinationals.

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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by fergusen: 8:23am On Feb 21, 2018
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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by Doerstech(m): 8:23am On Feb 21, 2018
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Yes Most Blue chip companies and Graduate trainee stuffs cut off those with 2:2 Etc......and some opportunities like scholarships and the rest requires 2:1 things, but that's where it ends

In my working life and in some areas like TECH Space, what counts is "What you know" and "What you can do" and not 2:1 AND THE REST.

As the OP's advised everyone, not just those with 2:2 needs a side hustle a business, something that brings in something else and add that extra to your income.

Do your home work well....

Be determined to pull it through

Get a functioning online presence for it and you're good to go

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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by HalimasexyDiva(f): 8:23am On Feb 21, 2018
No doubt
Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by BruncleZuma: 8:24am On Feb 21, 2018
Who be this one again nah?
Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by oPPOSEE: 8:24am On Feb 21, 2018
Unemployed advising fellow unemployed.


somehow

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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by RichDad1(m): 8:24am On Feb 21, 2018
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Re: Graduating With Second Class Lower Is No Longer An Option - Vincent Adeoba by ironheart(m): 8:24am On Feb 21, 2018
I should study hard for peanuts? Your joking. Some of these small companies pays less, but you can make over 100 timea your salary in commissions etc and opportunities abound. Grades only limits you to work for another man all the rest of your active years

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