Friday, 27 November 2015

Top 10 Most Employable Qualities For Nigerian Graduates

What makes a Nigerian graduate employable in today's labour market?

No doubt, good jobs are hard to get in Nigeria. The 2014 Nigerian Immigration job test in which over 700,000 graduates were jostling for about 4,500 average paying job openings is a glaring example of the alarming employment situation. The bloated job market notwithstanding, many graduates still get absolved into good organizations on a yearly basis. This details a list of the top 10 most important qualities that enhance employability in Nigeria. It is almost a certainty that a graduate will land a good quality job within a short period if he or she has some of the 10 qualities mentioned below:
NB. These are not my wishlists but simply a true reflection of the most sought-after qualities in today's graduates.

1. Good grade - It is almost needless to say that one of the basic requirement for most vacancies these days is a good grade. You stand a better chance with a first class degree. Having a good grade automatically means that you can apply for almost all graduate jobs that require your area of expertise which increases your chance of getting the dream job. However, having a good grade is not an end to itself as there are many competing grads with equally good grades. For students, I will advise you work hard and graduate with stellar grades to increase your chances in the labour market.. For those already out with lower grades, work on other qualities to enhance your employability.

2. Communication skill
- You can never underestimate the importance of communication - the ability to express one's self coherently and adequately both in writing and speaking. The difference between two equally good graduates usually boils down to the person who has superior articulation ability. Communication skill is critical to success both in the test and oral interview stage of a recruitment process. Writing skill is also essential in CV and cover letter writing. At the end of the day, it is not often the 'best' that gets the job; it is the candidate who is able to sell him/herself more than the rest that most frequently gets the job

3. Age - Like it or not, age remains a critical factor in the Nigerian labour market. Most graduate jobs have age restrictions. As you grow older, the number of eligible vacancies available to you would become progressively lesser. The younger you are, the more jobs you can pursue and the higher the probability of landing of one or more of the jobs

4. Networking / Interpersonal skills - Nigerians call this different names (such as recommendation, building contacts, connections, man-know-man, pressing buttons, favouristism, etc. ) depending on individual perception and perspective. Jobs are gotten via networking worldwide and Nigeria is not an exception. Networking in itself is not bad and can be used to further one's career. But the influence of networking in Nigeria is often blown out of proportion. You do not need to know anyone to land a good job, especially in the private sector. Countless number of people get good jobs in Nigeria without knowing anyone. I am a witness. However, it is still paramount to develop good social/networking skills.

5. Analytical Skill - This is one of the most essential skills highly sought after by companies. It is usually tested in the job aptitude exams. I have seen many graduates with good grades and marketable courses who flunk job tests simply because they have poor analytical/mathematical skills. They simply can't handle the mathematics / quantitative section of the tests. Analytical skill also involves problem solving and this is rigorously tested during interview sessions. You need a job? Work on your analytical ability. It is no excuse even if you read a non-science course (like English, law, history, etc.)

6. Masters / Professional Certification - There are simply some disciplines that having a masters degree, especially in a top school will brighten your chances of landing a dream job. Examples are geology, architecture, lecturing, some engineering disciplines, etc. There are certain kind of jobs (e.g. business and HR consulting) that having an MBA will be very valuable. Also, the importance of certification in disciplines such as accounting, Information Technology, Safety, HR, investment, stock broking, etc. cannot be overstated. However, many still get good jobs without having an extra degree or certification. Most graduate jobs do not necessarily require an additional degree.

7. Basic Computer Skill - The corporate world revolves around information technology. Almost all entry level job positions require graduates to have basic MS Office skills (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Most job vacancies are advertised and applied online. Many job tests are computer based. CV's and cover letters are designed using computers. Job hunting is all about information gathering and most information including books, interview and test materials are now in electronic forms.

8. Knowledge of Business / Corporate World- Having a knowledge of the corporate can be a big advantage, especially in interviews. Many employers search for this knowledge amongst graduates, even the technically inclined ones. Employers are business oriented and are increasingly leaning towards graduate with knowledge of how business runs and how to make business decisions, irrespective of academic background. This is akin to business leadership qualities. It isadvisable for graduates to have basic understanding issues such as personnel management, leave, branding, advertisement, finance, investment, labour issues, community issues, workplace safety, managing your boss, etc

9. 'Marketability' of course - The more marketable your course of study is, the brighter your chances of getting a good job. All courses are good, but some courses appear more 'marketable' than others. Just go through job vacancies in the last 5 years and you will not disagree with me that courses such as accounting, engineering, nursing, medicine, etc. seem to be more in demand.

10. Valuable Internship/ Volunteer Experience - Having relevant internship or volunteer experience can potentially give you a competitive edge over others in sectors such as oil/gas, construction, advertising, banking etc. Many graduates get chosen above others as a result of applicable experience garnered from a few months of internship. However, it is not the only prerequisite for success in job hunting.

Other important factors worthy of mention include tribe / region (e.g. oil companies favour host communities in job placements), talent, alma mater (some schools simply carry more weight than others), leadership experience etc. In conclusion, it must be reiterated that the above qualities can only improve greatly your chances of landing a good job in Nigeria. There is always the GOD factor / luck / grace that cannot be ruled out.

Xfire is a graduate of one of the notable public universities in Nigeria, with working experience in the FMCG and petroleum industry. He currently works as an engineer in a multinational oil company in Nigeria. He is passionate about guiding people to achieve their dream careers, and he is known for his pragmatic approach towards career and life issues.
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PHOTOS: Deplorable State Of A Secondary School In Surulere, Lagos

Some days ago, I was at a secondary school in Surulere (across the bridge from the Island) in Lagos for a friend's event where he is educating secondary students about the perils of peer pressure. I honestly wasn't expecting what I saw as the state of this secondary school.
It left me wondering if this was a school or a dump yard. Why in heaven's name are Nigerian leaders looking the other way while the young ones study in this sorry environment?

The attached pictures are what I saw. This is no secondary school. It's a hopeless shanty. I hope this gets to front page and attracts the necessary attention.

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PHOTOS; FED Poly Ado-Ekiti Student Commits Suicide Because Of An Extra Year

A final year student of the department of Engineering, Federal Polytechnic, Akure simply identified as Festus, hung himself after checking his results and discovering he will be spending another year as an extra year student in the school. See the photo after the cut...

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Official FUTMINNA Approved Academic Calendar 2015/2016 Out

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The management of Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMINNA) has published the approved undergraduate calendar of academic activities for the 2015/2016 academic session.
  • Monday, 16th November, 2015 – Saturday, 28th November, 2015 - Online registration for new students (2 weeks)
  • Monday, 30th November, 2015 – Saturday, 5th December, 2015 - Arrival and Documentation of Fresh students (1 weeks)
  • Monday, 7th December, 2015 – Saturday, 19th December, 2015 - Arrival and Documentation of Returning students/Lectures begin for all students (2 weeks)
  • Monday, 21st December, 2015 – Saturday, 2nd January, 2016 - Christmas/New Year break (2 weeks)
  • Sunday, 3rd January, 2016 - Returning of all Students to the Campus
  • Monday, 4th January, 2016 - Lectures continue for all students
  • Thursday, 28th January, 2016 - Matriculation Ceremony of new students (2015/2016 session)
  • Friday, 19th February, 2016 – Saturday, 27th February, 2016 - Convocation Week
  • Monday, 14th March, 2016 – Saturday, 19th March, 2016 - e-Exam for 100 level students and large classes (1 week)
  • Monday, 21st March, 2016 – Saturday, 2nd April, 2016 - First Semester Examinations (2 weeks)
  • Monday, 11th April – Friday, 23rd September, 2016 - SIWES (24 weeks) for all Schools with exception of SAAT and SSTE students.
  • Monday, 4th April, 2016 – Saturday, 17th April, 2016 - First Semester Break (2 weeks)
  • Thursday 12th May, 2016 - School Board to consider First Semester Results
  • Wednesday, 25th May, 2016 - Senate to consider First Semester Results
  • Monday, 18th April, 2016 - Lectures commence for all students
  • Monday, 11th July, 2016 – Saturday, 16th July, 2016 - e-Exam for 100 Level Students and Large Classes (1 week)
  • Monday, 18th July, 2016 – Saturday, 30th July, 2016 - Second Semester Examination (2 weeks)
  • Monday, 1st August, 2016 – Saturday, 10th September, 2016 - Second Semester Long Vacation Break (6 weeks)
  • Monday, 8th August, 2016 – Saturday, 17th September, 2016 - SWEP/Field Trip (6 weeks)
  • Thursday, 15th September, 2016 - School Boards to consider Examination Results
  • Wednesday, 21st September, 2016 - Special Senate to consider Second Semester Results
  • Monday, 26th September, 2016 - New Session 2016/2017 begins
  • Every Wednesday of the week, Lectures to end by 2:00p.m - Lecture free for Sporting activities for all students.

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UNN 2014/2015 List of Graduating Students Published

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The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) list of graduating students for the 2014/2015 academic session is now out. The list contains names of graduands for Degree, Diploma and Sandwich programmes.

Click on the link below to download the list of the current UNN graduating students and their results;


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YABATECH First Batch Admission List 2015/2016 Out

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The management of Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) has released the first batch admission list of candidates admitted into various undergraduate programmes for the 2015/2016 Academic Session has been released.

How To Check 2015 YABATECH Admission List:

Candidates are to visit the admission portal via the link below;
>> or >>
Enter their application number in the space provided and click LOGIN.
  1. All candidates are advised to pay Acceptance Fee of Eleven thousand, Five hundred naira(=N=11,500) within two(2) weeks.
  2. Newly admitted candidates are advised to lookout for the schedule of screening on the College Portal and Notice Boards in the College.
  3. Any candidate who fails to appear for screening within the stipulated period will forfeit the admission.

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UNIOSUN Pre-Degree Admission List 2015/2016 Out

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The Osun State University (UNIOSUN) wishes to inform all candidates who participated in the 2015/2016 Pre-Degree Entrance Examination that the screening result and admission list has been released.

Candidates are to proceed and check their Results/Admission Status online by following the link below;

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We can’t extend UTME result validity – Ojerinde

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The Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, has rejected the recommendation by the Senate that all results for entry into tertiary institutions should last for three years.
Speaking in Abuja during the opening ceremony of JAMB-UNEB Benchmark on Item Banking, Ojerinde stated that the extension will distort and delay the future of students across the country.

He argued that such a policy would obstruct the education progress of students across board.

Ojerinde said that expressing reservations about the Senate position did not in any way signify opposition to cutting cost.

He said, "There are complexities in this thing, until we are able to clear it. When you say you will use JAMB results for three years, is it an achievement test or aptitude test? However, are we delaying his or her life? Are we postponing his or her life by telling them to stay at home? If by next year he doesn’t get the cut off points, what happens?

"I have nothing against the idea, because we will tell the children, 'those bluffing Polytechnics and College of Education, go there and waste their time', if it is a waste of time."

The registrar added that cyber cafés across the country would no longer be allowed to register candidates for tertiary education examinations.

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UNILORIN to get befitting PG School building soon – VC

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), has reiterated his commitment to building a befitting Postgraduate School complex for the University, saying that it was long overdue.
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Prof. Ambali stated this last Wednesday when he received members of the Board of the University of Ilorin Postgraduate School, led by the Dean, Prof. B. L. Yusuf, who visited him in his office.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, the foundation has to be attractive, stable and strong enough to hold the rest of the Postgraduate School, which is the reason why more concentration has been devoted to undergraduate programmes over the years by the administration in order to preserve the quality of intakes. This, he observed, has made the International Association of Universities (IAU) to regard the University of Ilorin as a champion of postgraduate education in Africa.

“There is no doubt that we are becoming more and more important not only nationally but at international level, so we have no choice than to support you to realise your dreams”,  he added.
Prof. Ambali,who also pointed out that the issue of funds was a major challenge, said the University management was working towards boosting its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), harnessing the resources and plantations on campus.

“We shall continue to operate within our financial resources, just be rest assured that once our earnings increase, you will be part of the beneficiaries”, he said.

The Vice-Chancellor, who endorsed the Board's request for a bus and a tricycle to ease the operations of the Postgraduate School, also noted that the Supervision Allowance is a priority.

He explained, “That is our responsibility, because if some people have devoted their time and energy to supervise students, it is only fair that we don't allow their sweat to dry before we pay them.”
He also pledged that the request for an upward review of the revolving fund set aside for academic operations within the PG School would also be looked into.

In terms of admission, Prof. Ambali enjoined the Postgraduate School not to admit more students than they are able to cope with, in order not to lose our identity, quality and overburden our supervisors, saying, “I think you people have started on a good footing; you have set your targets and be rest assured that the management will support you to achieve your goals”.

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ABU Institute of Education Admission List 2015-2016 Out

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The Management of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria wishes to inform candidates who applied for various Diploma programmes at the Institute of Education that the 2015/2016 Academic Session Admission List is out.

How To Check:

Candidates are to visit and check with their Application Number.
All successful candidates into various Diploma courses should report to their respective Programme Officers with their original credentials including statement of result, birth certificate or declaration of age and indigenization letter for screening and collection of their admission letters from Tuesday, 24th November 2015 to Friday 11th December, 2015.

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FULAFIA Announce 2015/2016 Session Resumption Date

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The management of Federal University, Lafia (FULAFIA), Nasarawa State wishes to inform both New and Returning students of the University that resumption date for 2015/2016 academic session is scheduled as follows:

New Students
Registration - 16-17th November 2015
Orientation  -  18-20th November 2015
Matriculation of New Students -  25th November 2015
Commencement of Lectures  - 26th November 2015
Returning Students
Registration -  23-24th November 2015
Commencement of Lectures  -  26th November 2015

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