It is necessary for students in higher institutions, especially those affected by the current ASUU strike, to start planning how to become their own after-school boss.
This is essential because the job market is already saturated, while the unemployment rate continues to increase day by day, while vacancies for white collar workers continue to decrease.
To this end, it is incumbent on students to start early enough, now that they have free time to work. The future certainly lies in entrepreneurship and the sooner students realize this, the better it is for society.
Therefore, students affected by the ongoing ASUU strike should take the following actions to hone their entrepreneurial skills:
Learn a skill
Undergraduate students are advised to acquire professional skill to gain proficiency in work experience and also to save money for resuming. They should look for trustworthy jobs. There’s always an opportunity, if you’re looking, and if you’re not comfortable with the jobs around you, then create one, establish a start-up business, no matter how small. Do something meaningful, brand it and sell it. You can also get freelance jobs to hone your career growth.
Volunteering and career development
You can decide to volunteer and join creative groups and associations to give back and serve humanity with minimal or no compensation. Therefore, volunteer, help your parents, help the elderly and less privileged. Volunteer in churches and mosques, volunteer in your society because sooner or later it will pay you back economically.
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Create/Join healthy associations
Join or create healthy associations that will improve your skills and make you a better person. Participate and contribute actively, join clubs like book club, technical club, study groups, sports club, red cross, girl guides among others. These groups reinforce your identity and strengthen your relationships by creating networks between your peers.
Training and apprenticeship program
It is advisable and highly relevant for undergraduate students to acquire a skill at this crucial time. This will help them develop. Most apprenticeship programs are in the 3-6 month learning period before becoming a professional in the field.
You can learn, sewing, barbering, carpentry, painting, art design, graphic design, catering services, interior design, exterior design, hotel management services, laundry service, manufacturing shoes, video editing, content development and more.
These relevant skills help the individual to position themselves when there is a delay in finding a job or being recruited into the labor market.
Improve your mental well-being
Maximize this time to exercise your body and mind. Join a fitness club, eliminate excess body fat, adopt a balanced diet, improve your mental well-being by developing new habits. Work on your reading and writing speed as well as your listening skills.