After NYSC, Now what?

With final exams just 2 days off, I ventured to know what many of my final year mates had in mind to initiate after school.

Some were of the motion of going into the street ‘you know, man gatz make money’, some had their mind on masters degree ‘guy, na to position myself well to get better job o’ and a set have their life drafted out by their parent. Instigated in most views is the life ahead as a corp member.

“The end of something serves only as the beginning of another”

It is a traditional occurrence for every graduate of Nigerian institution to render a service to the nation under the blanket of National Youth Service Corps, with the individual popularly called ‘Corper’.

It has been a hiding place for most Nigerians, who know the pressing situation of work space availability for the large masses being released yearly out of our institutions.

This has put in most minds a year of partial haven, an ideology that all is fine, life is ok, but a lingering touch of what comes afterwards persist. How about after NYSC, what next? Now what?

Looking back at my teen years, I could recall several graduates I see roaming the streets of Lagos, finding every pin and penny to get hold of. Most live from hand to mouth, without a view of getting better.

They struggle day by day, learning all forms of trade that could fetch out money. Today, there’s hardly much difference seen in many Nigerian youth graduates other than desperation.

Online scamming, armed robbery, rituals and all sorts has engulfed the heart of desperate Nigerians. These desperados moved gradually from their state of haven to the frustration of lack of suitable jobs to fit their spending lifestyle.

“The high rate of desperation expulsion is creating an institution of crowded frustration without solution”

They never had a plan, and had rumbled into a life that waited for the prepared, those with open mind, those who envisioned and those who have what to do next.

Yes, it is stale news, that there are not enough jobs to accommodate the large mass but there is more mess in the nation to start with; the transport, power, sports, safety, fuel, and the economy in general.

Nigerians would agree with them because they are faults. Case studies upon case studies, reviews upon reviews and several reports would be gathered just to stake claim of their knowledge about the countries problems.

But that’s not where I’m coming from; a problem is a matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome.

“The main purpose of siting a problem is to provide a solution”

Why take a large crunch of biting into a hole of the nation’s misfortune than filling it up? Why haven’t you gotten case studies and procedures on how to initiate solutions?

There’s a saying that ‘bridging a gap or solving a problem sets you on track to getting your pays’. But most focus on the pay rather than solutions, killing great ideas within them.

These solutions can start from little observations and drawn wide (think big, start small).

The likes of Jobberman, Nairaland, Flying doctors, BellaNaija, Easy Taxi Nigeria, Speedmeal mobile kitchen, and Gamesole, all started by Nigerians, saw distinguished problems and provided adequate solutions.

“With much problem comes much opportunity”

From socialization, air emergency medical service, transportation, to food, easy hotel booking and games. This tells that there isn’t a limit to what section you can apply your knowledge.

Now back to our corpers, what next after service? Continue to wallow in complaints? Get carried away in the moment or be afraid of post NYSC? Nope! Let’s restructure our philosophy.

“Eyes that look are common but eyes that see are rare”

Live open minded, don’t just look at problems but see solutions. Be a solution to a person, a community, the country or the world.


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