The Opportunity “ASUU STRIKE” Brings - Don’t miss out!!!
Over the years, students have always complained endlessly about the decay in the Nigerian education system especially on how their career is usually affected by the constant “Industrial action” from lecturers and staffs of tertiary institutions — “If it’s not ASUU, it would be NASU or …”.
However, some students have always seen this “industrial action” as a blessing in disguise and taken to opportunities which has moved higher in their career and life. I will share below some real life examples (not real name of the persons):
1. Jumoke Obi Hassan— currently the most senior manager at a multinational technology company, a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU). Jumoke made the most of the ASUU strike that happened during her undergrad years to acquire software development skills and management skills + extra time to partake in several volunteer initiatives that earned her previous roles at Shell Petroleum and Microsoft. During an earlier chat with her, she emphasized: “MAKE THE MOST OF ASUU_STRIKE!!!”
2. Chigozie Animashaun — currently a successful PM with growing career presence within and outside Nigeria. Chigozie also made sense of his career during the ASUU strike that happened in 2013 (my early days as a Google Student Ambassador). He used the period of the “industrial action” to discover his values, career choice and goals. He used the period to take various courses online and offline (mostly free), participated in volunteer efforts that helped him to win a prestigious award from a leading tech multinational in Nigeria. According to him, this paved way to earning his first 6-figure salary immediately after graduation (even without NYSC)
3. Taiye Okonkwo — is startup founder leasing out jobs to Nigerian (currently an undergrad). He also discovered himself during an internal “Industrial action” within his university. Now, when it comes to digital advertising — people love engaging him even to speak at events.
4. Chidinma Oni — currently a budding fashion design brand in Nigeria (despite been a “Bloody corper”) learnt her trade during a 6-month “ASUU Strike” in 2013.
The above and many more are stories of Nigerians that have made the most of Industrial actions to better their own lives and careers.
Don’t stay IDLE, use this opportunity to kickstart your means of income.
If you have similar or better testimonies than the ones shared above, please leave in the comment section encourage Nigerian students… Don’t wait for the Nigerian Educational system! Educate yourself!! Be AUTODIDACTIC!!!
P.S: My next post will provide resources for career advancement, volunteer opportunities and maybe job opportunities.
See you at the top!