Never make the mistake of thinking of work experience after graduation; we will show you how you can gain work experience before graduation.
The fear of every employer concerning fresh graduates is the assumption that they can’t hit the ground running. This makes it difficult for young graduates to secure mouth-watering jobs without a connection.
As a student in the university, it is up to you to avoid these pitfalls and do the right thing. Just in case you have forgotten, there are no jobs in Nigeria for graduates without connections. So if you are having the impression of graduating and securing quality jobs in oil firms and so on, think again!
Below are the ways Students Can Gain Work Experience Before Graduation
Learn a skill relating to any Job sector
By now it should be clear that the Nigerian job market doesn’t discriminate in terms of the course of study. I have seen Engineers working in banks; I have also seen Economics students working in a software development firm.
What you are studying at school shouldn’t be the basis of the skill you may wish to acquire. Personally, I always suggest ICT skills because it is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the country.
If an English student acquires Software Development skills, the chances of getting a job than a Computer science student without this skill are higher.
Having a skill means work experience to the average Nigerian employer – just in case you have no idea. So this is one of the perfect ways students can gain work experience before they even graduate.
Carry out Projects relating to the skill learned
Work experience is simply putting what you know into practice. When it is time to create a CV, and you have lots of successfully executed projects to your name, then it becomes easier.
– I successfully maintained the network server of ABC Company and recorded above 80% uptime during work periods.
– I networked the WAN connection of the Xyz CBT centre and had a smooth operation during the CBT exams.
This is what a standard CV of a fresh graduate from school should look like. Nobody will hire you for having a First Class. They will only hire you for bringing something to the table to move the company forward.
Write Certifications in your chosen Skill Sector
It isn’t too early to become certified. It gives you the advantage over those who will graduate with just their B.Sci.
“Do you know that CISCO Company gives special support to firms who hire certified CISCO graduates?”
If you assume that gaining work experience before graduation is early, then you are in for a long thing. Certifications are expensive; but if you have the money, write them.
Getting a job in Nigeria is already a difficult task on its own. The only trick is for students to gain work experience before graduation, so they can be well-positioned over those who have nothing.
If you would love to know the skill that suits you better, please ask me using the comment section and I will reply to you ASAP.
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Additional Ways To Gain Experience Before Graduation
They always ask, “Where do you expect me to get work experience as a recent graduate?”
Dear Nigerian students, you do not have to graduate and work for two years before you can add work experience to your resume.
There are ways to gain the necessary work experience as an undergraduate and position yourself for opportunities as soon as you graduate.
Internships are one of the graduate degree requirements. The university expects you to complete an internship as part of your course of study. Unfortunately, many undergraduates do not take advantage of this opportunity.
Interning with a company in your field or an organization you want to work for is a great way to gain real-world experience and prepare for your future career.
Volunteering can also provide you with work experience. Many non-profit organizations have volunteer opportunities for undergraduates.
As an undergraduate, you must engage in some form of experiential learning, such as freelancing, to demonstrate your knowledge and skills prior to graduation. It makes no difference whether you are paid or not; what you need is the experience that will land you the job. So just take your first step to becoming a freelancer.