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Yewande Jinadu: Open Letter to Graduates Who Just Passed Out From NYSC

Yewande Jinadu



Dear ex-Corpers,
Welcome you to the labor market. Here’s a big welcome to reality and to your first month of ‘no allawee’. I’m sure you have heard a lot of stories from senior colleagues who entered the market before you on how favourable or unfavourable it has been for them. Maybe you have been among the people that have been praying day and night for God to suddenly change the name from labor market to favour market. I totally understand because I have been there. I really hope you find this article helpful and apply it to whatever you are going through.

Firstly you have to understand that everyone’s race is unique. Don’t compare your life with someone else; this will only get you depressed and leave you feeling unworthy. I’m sure some of your colleagues are lucky to have jobs waiting for them but thousands are still on the ‘OYO’ level. You need your self-esteem to enable you get your desired job. Don’t allow peer pressure make you lose it

Secondly, you need to understand that the labor market may not be as easy as you think it is. There is a popular saying that it’s not what you know but who you know; this might be true, but don’t let that discourage you from applying for a job you would like. There are still numerous opportunities that are given out on merit.

Thirdly, don’t be distracted by the love of money. As a fresh graduate, the first two years are more like paying the price. Although some people would be lucky to get jobs with a nice pay from the start, note that getting a low pay internship opportunity is a good start. If the opportunity offers you the exposure you need to climb the next step to greatness (a higher paying job), please take it without thinking twice.

Fourthly, keep yourself busy and enjoy your free time and flexibility while it starts. Having a full time job will come with its challenges, so learn a skill that can give you a side income, during the waiting period. Go for networking events where you would meet potential employers. Volunteer at an N.G.O and give back to the community.

Lastly, don’t give up! Keep looking for ways to improve yourself. Don’t feel entitled that the government/society owes you something; pick yourself up and take the bull by the horn. Update your resume and give a professional to help you review it. Dress your best for an interview (without over-doing it). Update your LinkedIn profile and become active on it by connecting with the people that can help you get your dream job.

Don’t just stay there and wait for luck to happen to you, put yourself out there and don’t get discouraged. I know it may not be so easy. Trust me I have been there and was able to overcome it.

I sincerely wish you the best in your career journey!

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Yewande Jinadu is the Founder of CareerLife Nigeria(, a Certified HR Professional and an Employability coach. CareerLife Nigeria is a social initiative aimed at reducing unemployment by providing people with the right career related information and Coaching.Yewande is passionate about People Development, Employability and Career Coaching. Through personal coaching, published articles and speaking engagements, she has helped hundreds of young professionals become more employable and gain employment.You can reach out to her by sending a mail to: [email protected] and follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @careerlifeng


  1. Gbemi

    October 24, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    Thanks so much for this. It’s really inspiring

  2. John

    October 25, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Very apt.

  3. Ikeoluwa Agunbiade

    October 25, 2018 at 8:40 am

    To ex-Corpers, not a single effort of yours will go in vain. You will be rewarded for your pain in due time if you do not weary. Your hard work will bring you a lot of gains. Commend yourself for a job well done @yewande Jinadu

  4. Okafor Mary

    October 25, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Thank you madam

  5. Alfred stephen

    October 25, 2018 at 11:48 am

    wow awesome writeup thank you ma

  6. Tobi

    October 25, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Wish i read this during and after nysc.. So sharing this post

  7. by_stander

    October 25, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    First of all, right now, anything negative about the job market is a direct result of infringing on the inalienable rights of human beings by two professions.

    specific rights being – economic freedom and right to earn a living.

    Unless your profession is outdated like that of lawyers and accountants, do not accept any of that nonsense is normal – it is not. Only a complete idiot will think it is normal to graduate with a proper degree/qualifications and be jobless.

    While in the west people that dont even have any university degree are earning living wages that run into thousands of pounds, making them effectively millionaires in the context of your country.

    BTW how did this author study Chemical Engineering and end up with passion for HR?

    Is this part of what they have done to our nation? where life and prosperity become so hopeless you just have to have passion for whatever brings money your way?

    Did You just waste all those years in sciences doing something you didn’t like?

    You’re counterparts in the west are building new industries and making new innovations while breaking down barriers.

    and its not just because the environment is “enabling” its because their inalienable rights are not infringed upon by lawyers and accountants!

    • Mystery

      October 25, 2018 at 9:05 pm

      What exactly is your point? Where did you see in the article that it was okay to be jobless ?
      People are allowed to change careers based on their interest. So far you enjoy what you’re doing. I feel you need to take a chill pill, stop ranting off-point and fix your life just like it was advised in the article.

    • Teekay

      October 25, 2018 at 9:06 pm

      How are lawyers and accountants ‘infringing on your inalienable rights?’

    • by_stander

      October 26, 2018 at 8:54 am

      By infringing on economic freedom and right to earn a living through laws created to give them a monopoly to earn unregulated 3rd party fees.

      The legal industry is also the only industry left that doesn’t have any consequence or disincentive for causing mass disasters – so when a law maker and his/her lawyers come up with laws that we later discover infringes on the inalienable rights of human beings or when people are held without court dates/processings and or have biased processings.

      Apart from nullify a law that goes against the constitution(which again a lawyer will decide), they are not held responsible for the damages they have already done to society.

      The above (infringing on the economic rights and right to earn a living) is the reason why our society has stagnated, its the reason why millions of lives not already lost are made uncertain.

      Systemic infringement on the inalienable rights of human beings is basically the root cause of all our problems in this country.

  8. Chidinma Ibemere

    October 26, 2018 at 8:55 am

    So true. Thank you for sharing.

  9. UCGodwin

    October 30, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    ma, I really don’t know how to express this, but I must let you know that am really tourched by this article. Thanks a lot ma

    • Yewande Jinadu

      October 31, 2018 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks Godwin. I’m glad you liked it. I’ll keep writing to make more impact int he lives of young people

  10. oludayo damilola John

    November 12, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    I need work am a new graduate and am already finished my NYSC

  11. Ibrahim Sanusi makuwana

    June 22, 2019 at 10:20 am

    Nice [email protected] jinadu.. God bless..
    Thanks in anticipation.

  12. Kelechi obi

    July 7, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Thank u ma

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