By Babalola Bola
If your child is a student of a public university in Nigeria they are at home right now because Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is on strike.
Instead of Netflixing and vibing, they can look around for an organization within walking distance.
Go there, introduce yourselves and tell them you want to volunteer as a worker without any pay, some will accept you with some stipend some without anything at all.
Get enrolled and get to work and learning.
When the strike is called off, leave and go back to school. During vacation come back again and continue.
There are hospitals, schools, NGOs and even government offices that will need you.
All these experiences are what will accumulate to form your working experience on your CV the very year you enter the labour market.
You wonder why a fresh graduate will be asked for a 2 years working experience? It’s because the years of experience from volunteering, internship and Industrial Training (IT) will form the required experience.
You also get connections, possible retention, leadership training and insights and grooming from this.
The reason you don’t see it is because everything for you is about money. You already stay in your parent’s house, you eat their food, get allowance for clothes. Work for free now to earn yours tomorrow.
Sometimes, you work not because of money but because of opportunities it brings, people it connects you to and the enlightenment it brings.
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