#7 Things you must do immediately after NYSC POP! [MUST READ]

There’s indeed a lot of excitement that goes with passing out of service. In fact, you are so excited, you want the whole world to know. A lot of people show this by sharing their POP pictures and NYSC Certificates on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, BBM etc. You won’t have to go for the CDS again, no more khaki trousers, no more of those heavy orange boots, and for some, no more issues with your LI and so on and so forth. You just can’t wait to pick your NYSC Certificate and run!. The Big question is, run to where? Do you know the challenges that lies ahead of you?

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The truth is – it’s tougher out there in the Labour Market. As a Corper, at least you had a monthly income. But after POP, if not retained at your work place, many soon go dead broke. We were there too…

The bad news is: Nobody really cares about you. It’s cold and rough out there and that’s not funny.

The good news? We care in my own little way. We wish you could land that dream job ASAP.

Below are 7-tips that will help you at this very trying moment.

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1) Exchange Contacts with Others and keep in Touch:




 It’s very common for most of us to get so engrossed with the excitement of passing out. During your POP, don’t just pout your lips and take photos with your supposed Corper friends. Exchange contacts (phone numbers, emails, BB Pins) with them and keep in touch afterwards. This way you can know what is going on in their lives thereafter


 2) Create a Professional Profile (RESUME)




I’ve come to realize that a lot of fresh graduates today underestimate the importance of a professionally drafted profile. Prepare a good CV and Cover Letter and keep them handy. Always have a copy in your mail box and if possible in your phone. You never can tell where they will be needed. You don’t want to lose that mouth watering job  just because you couldn’t provide your CV when needed. 


3) Relocate to Lagos, Abuja or Port-Harcourt:




You must have to relocate! Leave you comfort zone and go to big cities. Talking about Lagos. The truth is, Lagos is a Haven of opportunities. No city in Nigeria has as much opportunities in Nigeria as Lagos. With lots of places to work and lots of things to lay your hands on, from banks to Oil firms, multinationals, NGOs, and even to the Entertainment industry! 

Abuja is another good place to live if you are a job seeker. Though many claim that you have to know somebody who knows somebody that can give you a job. But in all, there are lots of opportunities in the Federal government parastatals, Ministries, International NGOs etc.

Port Harcourt, the Oil city of Nigeria, has a bunch of opportunities in the Oil and Gas industry and other lucrative sectors.

My point is, these cities are the job hub of the nation. If you have long being a job seeker and not residing in any of these cities, I guess it’s high time you packed your bags and and made a smart move to these any of these cities.



4) Network:



Start networking with other professionals in various industries, in the church, at your social meetings. You may not know who could be of help…………


5) Develop yourself:




While you await that dream job to come, take out time to develop your self – mentally, physically and spiritually. Self development is indispensable at this moment. Showcase your skills and qualifications to Employers by applying for various vacancies on NaijaYouthsBlog. Success happens when preparation meets opportunity

6) Take out time for leisure:




Always remember you are not in this alone. A lot of people have gone through this process too! Take out time and get some fun. Visit interesting places. Simply put – Just Ease Off! 


Lastly, you need to Share this post as many as you can on Facebook, Twitter, BBM etc. You never can tell who you will be helping. 

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 Good luck in all your endeavors. 

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  • Anonymous

    Very encouraging! Thank you sir!