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|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by Firstorderwizard(m): 9:12pm On Mar 03|
I know say I no qualify but consolation prize no dey nii
Anyway,thank you for this rare kind gesture.
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by sconp: 9:24pm On Mar 03|
Thanks a bunch.
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by Nobody: 12:49am On Mar 04|
Thanks for reading.
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by comtem2011: 1:31pm On Mar 04|
ifyalways:wow, God bless you madam
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by ifyalways(f): 10:02pm On Mar 06|
Nelsizzy:I can recharge Your phone with 3K for the effort.
Send me a pm if interested.
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by joyousever(f): 8:19am On Mar 09|
I must commend u for your benevolence. And for the fact that you came up with this altruistic initiative in this 'Buhari economy' is heartwarming. You're a rare gem & a lady for that matter to undertake this charitable project, I'm impressed. I just took time & followed the thread from its beginning to its end, just to have a peek at people's job-hunting experiences & I ended up finding a number of them quite hilarious. I wish this thread could continue, just for the reading pleasure. Cheers!
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by Nelsizzy(m): 11:12am On Mar 10|
ifyalways:I sent a pm. God bless you
Received the airtime. Even though I didn't submit before the deadline, you still deem it fit to reward my efforts. God will continue to bless you tremendously.
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by Ugee12: 12:07pm On Mar 10|
Hi, you can attend a 2 day FREE Project Management class (worth N55,000).
The class will help to secure a good job, prepare for entrepreneurship & provide services that will expand your business.
I have some slots and I know you won't miss this class.
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|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by ifyalways(f): 4:40pm On Mar 10|
Nelsizzy:Okay. Will check and revert
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by ifyalways(f): 4:41pm On Mar 10|
If and when i find the time, i will share my own experiences many many years ago.
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by joyousever(f): 4:55pm On Mar 10|
Ok. Will be a pleasure reading through. I also have mine to share but so much water under the bridge. Cheers!
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by oziomatv(m): 3:48pm On Mar 26|
Hello Ifyalways it's quite a long time. I'm happy to see you are still active on Nairaland. Wish you all the best.
Who else among the 2009 section do you still meet on Nairaland...I mean agaba123. Romeo. Nwando. Otele. And those yoruba fighters
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by ifyalways(f): 8:40am On Mar 28|
Kedu ije. Most of those handles have deactivated, came back with new handles and deactivated again. Lol
Ify is still around and good.
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by Omoluabi16(m): 1:40pm On May 13|
See how I missed free #10k.
Cc ifyalways come and give us the gist about your success journey, it may inspire somebody there.
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by educators: 1:42pm On May 13|
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by ifyalways(f): 2:26pm On May 13|
Soon. Very soon. Hopefully
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|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by oweniwe(m): 3:44pm On May 19|
Please permit me to post an overview of my job hunting experiences here. It's an excerpt from my book.
I am aware posting timeline is over and but will be happy if you will just skim through in your free time.
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by oweniwe(m): 3:45pm On May 19|
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|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by oweniwe(m): 3:51pm On May 19|
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|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by ifyalways(f): 10:52am On May 20|
Im already reading, please continue . . .
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by oweniwe(m): 11:49am On May 20|
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by sconp: 9:00am On May 21|
This GNLD guys really punished you o. You suppose tidy that guy either there or later on.
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by oweniwe(m): 12:54pm On May 21|
No time bro. The guy was even looking for trouble since he had nothing to lose but i couldn't afford to miss the test and still waste the money I spent on transport do it was better move on straightaway
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by ifyalways(f): 7:16pm On May 21|
Sorry O. E no easy for eko but you must be a real softie and patient to listen, follow him to and even leave him without a slap or two. I wasnt that nice in my days
Come and continue @ Oweniwe.
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by oweniwe(m): 7:27am On May 22|
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by oweniwe(m): 7:46am On May 22|
To Be Certified or Not Be Certified
Since the millennium, job descriptions and requirements have radically changed. Before then, you could study Agriculture in the University and will get employed in an agro company. If you study Political Science, you go straight to the Civil Service. That trend is long gone. Now, companies just recruit people with any degree and slam them into whatever position they deem fit as long as the applicant can do the job. So don’t be surprised if you walk into a bank and see your school mate who studied Bio-Chemistry sitting comfortably over the counter dispensing cash to bank customers in a queue.
My entry into the higher education level was a bit dramatic. In the Universities Matriculation Examination, I scored 272. In the Post UME exam conducted by individual tertiary institutions, I scored 67/100. University of Benin/Political Science was my first choice. For second choice, I wanted to select University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Department of Education but my Dad balked. He asked… “You want to be a teacher? In Nigeria? Over my dead body.”
He said I should take Novena University, a newly established private university about three minutes drive from my village. He advised I should select Intelligence & Security Studies as my course of choice and join the Armed Forces because he wants me to ‘protect my people’ from my village’s neighboring community. I said… “Okay now. It is your money that will pay the school fees.” Novena was just starting at the time so the fees were relatively affordable.
During the final manual Clearance & Verification at UNIBEN, after waiting for over three days due to the large number of applicants who made the cut, I was denied admission into the Political Science Department because I had pass in Mathematics at O’Level. (I wasn’t good in mathematics because the way it was taught in secondary school, even Isaac Newton will hate the subject. It was a puzzle seeing myself score A, Bs and Cs in other subjects both mathematics is always either Pass or Fail).
I promptly brought out the JAMB brochure and showed the man in charge where it was clearly stated that UNIBEN accepts pass in Mathematics for Political Science. The man said they had changed the requirement and now requires credit in mathematics for all courses but JAMB didn’t update the brochure. He gave me a course relocation form which I sadly filled and submitted to him. ‘If I had known’ started to mock me. The voice said… “Didn’t I tell you to cheat during your WAEC and NECO mathematics examinations but you were forming Mr. Honest? How has honesty now helped you? If you want to make it in Nigeria, you have to jam honesty together with cheating. I was telling you, you no hear word…”
After waiting for three long weeks, my people, which course did UNIBEN allocate to me? Physical Education! Oh dear, I was relieved, not because I had eventually been allocated a new department, but because the long, torturous wait was over. I looked at the sheet again and asked myself… “What do they do in Physical Education? Does UNIBEN want me to become Chelsea’s Manager or what?” (That day, I was wearing the 2007 Chelsea Jersey). When I called my Dad and briefed him, he said I should tear the Relocation Letter, throw it inside the gutter and go to Novena.
The next day, I bade goodbye to Benin and its very annoying red soil and headed to Amai. I was admitted to study Intelligence & Security studies the next day on the condition that I have to make credit in O’Level Mathematics before i could graduate. I had to re-sit for NECO later in order to get the stubborn elusive credit in mathematics.
The course is good though. It made us think and reason like undercover detectives… though I was expecting to be some kind of Special Forces training. For where? Throughout the four years I spent there, we weren’t even given a blank pistol to shoot. All we did was research… research and research. Well, credits to them though, that was how I got my good research and re-writing skill. Describe any situation for me and I’ll key-word it out instantly. And since we had to submit plagiarism free reports too, I would cut points out from various sites, stitch together, re-write the whole patch and that’s all.
During NYSC, I decided to do some professional courses to buffer my second class lower result. I wanted to do Programming but the fees were expensive six figures. To make things worse, My Compaq Presario motherboard got fried by excessive heat. I was hoping to combine Federal Allowance with the Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) pay to fund my programming quest.
As I said earlier in chapter 2, I was rejected by the private school I was initially posted to. The Zonal Inspector asked me where I would prefer to ‘serve’. I told him to send me to the Police since I studied security at school. The Z.I sent me to the camp director at the state HQ to approve my request. The woman directed him the Z.I to post me to a Local Government Council. Inside me, I thought… “Madam Chikezie, did I offend you? Why did you pour sand into my cornflakes?” I gently told the Z.I to post me to his host LG Council (Awka South) since I wasn’t ready to start running around again.
At the month end, to my chagrin, guess how much Corp Members in the Council were paid… a paltry N1,100. There was nothing to be done at the Council anyway. We only go to there around 11 AM to sign attendance register, hang around till 12 PM and go back home. I tried looking for other jobs but the pay they quoted for me as a Corps Member was ridiculous. They said Corpers are meant to serve the serve the country free of charge.
I picked up a Computer Operator work to keep me busy but quit after four months because the transport alone wiped the whole pay. So throughout my service year, I survived on only N19,800 monthly Federal Allowance. To go for programming training no longer feasible so I decided to postpone it till after NYSC.
In place of programming, I did Health, Safety & Environment and Project management Courses. When I got my certificates and attached them to my CV… If I submit my CV to you, you’ll call me for interview immediately. The strategy worked as I got a lot of other job invites apart from the ones I stated in the previous chapter. After a couple of futile interviews, I sat down and stared hard at the certificates. They were like… waste of money!
Artisans, bricklayers, phone repairers, market boys who didn’t even smell University were smiling to the bank daily while university graduates with fancifully decorated certificates sit down at home jobless. So let me ask you this question… “What is the essence of going to school to harvest certificates when it is the informal guys that get outsourced all the jobs at the end of the day?” Engineering graduates are hardest hit. Their jobs have been taken over by semi literate fellows who would simple throw away an overheating car’s thermostat instead of scanning the car to diagnose the underlying faults.
I don’t mean to discourage anyone from going for professional courses. The thing is… my situation is different due to my disadvantage. If not for it, I’ll probably be cooling off in a multi-national company a few months after passing out. So employment wise, if you are fit and feel like going for additional professional courses to boost your credentials, please go ahead.
However, you need to take note that professional courses training schools or such certification programs are like the alimentary canal. They advertise (I’m hungry), you indicate interest and fill the form (food is ready and served), you pay some fees (now eating), then the training starts (digestion), after the training you are required to do an arranged exam that even if you fail all the answers, you will still get certificate anyway (in the anus) and then they give you your certificate and excrete you out. They no longer have any business with you. If you are hoping to get job links through those professional courses training guys, you’re on a very ‘long thing’.
That is where vocational training or apprenticeship is better. In this case, you get to handle and operate all required equipments till you’re good in using them, then you begin to render services to the company’s customers. That way, learn everything about the business- equipment operation, how to market and get customers, servicing your clients, etc. In the days of yore when things were certificate based, professional courses made sense.
But in today’s world where skill is what is often required and jobs are outsourced too, if you want to make cash right after schooling, it is far better to go for vocational/apprenticeship training.
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by ifyalways(f): 7:39am On May 23|
Deeeep @ Oweniwe.
Im still curious , the Christ embassy church angle of your story
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by oweniwe(m): 3:33pm On May 23|
Fake miracle ish
It's not something i want to post online here cos it can go viral
It'll be bad press for me.
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by ifyalways(f): 11:26pm On May 23|
oweniwe:Okay . . . Maybe you should edit the previous post and remove their name totally since you are not sharing.
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by oweniwe(m): 12:41pm On May 25|
I can p.m it to you
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by ifyalways(f): 8:14am On Jul 01|
Its July,lets have some fun.
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