Planning is essential for a successful career, even during your NYSC. This article aims to enlighten and prepare serious Corps members for their future journey.
There is a popular quote that says, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Waiting until the end of your NYSC before planning for your career could be the biggest mistake you ever make.
Many Corps members view their NYSC period as merely a continuation of their university days and indulge in momentary fun. However, it is crucial to recognize this year as a time for rigorous planning, identifying opportunities, and setting directions to follow.
Tips for Planning a Successful Career during NYSC
1. Determine Your Post-Service Pursuits
While fulfilling your duties at your Place of Primary Assignment (PPA), never lose sight of your career goals after service. Define whether you want to work for yourself or secure a position in a prestigious company. It is essential to have a clear vision of your desired path.
2. Acquire Relevant Professional Skills
Once you have identified your career path, assess the skills and knowledge you lack. Use your service year to aggressively acquire the necessary skills and engage in self-improvement. Make efficient use of your available time by joining professional organizations, staying updated online, and staying relevant in your area of interest.
3. Begin Job Hunting Early
If you have identified the type of jobs and careers you are interested in, start your active job search a few months before completing your service. Many graduates have successfully secured jobs through early planning and proactive job applications. Take advantage of this time when the pressure to sustain yourself is not yet fully on you. Create a professional career profile on platforms like LinkedIn.com and send your CV to numerous potential employers.
4. Seek Internship Opportunities
Internships provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience and prove your capabilities in your desired career field. Although internship opportunities may not be readily available, you can search for them on platforms like Ngcareers and other reputable job sites. Additionally, consider exploring Opportunity Desk, a platform that offers various graduate opportunities and internships.
5. Explore Business Opportunities
If entrepreneurship appeals to you, your service year is an ideal time to plan and prepare for it. Identify your passion area and entrepreneurship ideas that you want to pursue. Save some money to serve as capital by taking up additional jobs like teaching or any other part-time work that can provide extra income. Remember, you will soon be responsible for every penny you earn, and your efforts will determine how quickly your NYSC allowance will be replaced with a salary or income from entrepreneurship.
In conclusion, it is essential to make the most of your NYSC year by actively planning for your future career. Don’t underestimate the significance of this period and tap into your innate abilities and strengths to engage in self-employment if immediate paid employment is not available. Remember, every great journey starts with a single step. Begin your career planning journey in the right direction and embrace the opportunities that lie ahead. Good luck!
Written by Musa Ozovehe Abdulazeez.