There is more work stress now in 2016 than there was in 2008 says Forbes. Career is so much part of the African identity. We are told from childhood to work hard, excel at school so we can find jobs and become people to be reckoned with in future. In keeping our collective nose to the grindstone,
Everyday, people are picking the wrong jobs so that they can live every Sunday Evening dreading Monday and growing old wondering if they really made the right life decisions.
Many fresh graduates, carry around this notion (and understandably so) that there would be a massive paying job for them. The result of this ‘expectation’
It has become increasingly difficult to get and maintain a job as a recent graduate especially the kind that suits your qualification. Many fresh graduates often end up at crossroads after they have left the university to seek jobs and they find out employers simply don’t want them. Because an employer is not only looking at what you have done,
Nothing can be more depressing for new job seekers than working on your resume, sending countless applications, and remaining in the category of the unemployed for more than a year. Six months in and no feedback from employers, let alone a call for interview.
Business owners are not looking to reduce the rate of unemployment.
You are not alone.
It is not uncommon to see students backing away from getting funding for their education for different reasons that may just be excuses. As schools that award these scholarships reveal, a lot of students simply aren’t applying for these readily available grants. Many are discouraging themselves before even starting applications.
Experience is the best teacher, they say. For Ijeoma Oguegbu, not-so tasty pastries from a store led her to think up ways to improve training and skill acquisition in SMEs. From there, Ijeoma co-founded Beavly, an online marketplace connecting people to top professionals in their sector for knowledge-sharing.
In this exclusive chat with SLA,
Have you ever applied for admission into a programme in another country but didn’t get selected because they didn’t like your name?
Truthfully, it might have been because you failed to impress with your Letter of Motivation.
When applying to programmes in many parts of the world, applicants are usually required to submit a Letter of Motivation (sometimes also called Statement of Purpose or Personal Letter or Personal Essay).
Adebayo Afuape is a Food Science and Technology graduate from a humble village in Ibadan, Nigeria. He would have gone the usual way of thinking he had no chance at foreign education and simply settled for a job in his hometown all the while dreaming of what he could become with a little more exposure.
Meet Ayodamola Otun, the Nigerian student who won IUPUI’s (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA) Most Outstanding Student for 2016. Ayo, as he likes to be called, major in Biology. He has received many scholarships and academic awards.
Here are a few:
- IUPUI University College Chancellor Scholar | 2015
- Norman Brown Diversity and Leadership Scholar | March 2015
- Olaniyan Diversity Research Scholar | May 2015
- Sam H.
Sometimes we find ourselves at the cross road of our career. It used to seem as if you knew where you were going but suddenly, you are left to ask the life changing questions; is this really what I want? Should I stick with this or try something different? Should I follow my passion or stick with what I have at hand?