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Thursday, 30 November 2017

How to secure a reasonable career in Nigeria

The best way to secure a career and set a realistic future for a recent graduate or a university student is to start an internship early with a reputable/growing firm.
Internship: Internships Are Essential to Building a Solid Career. Internship is the position of a student or trainee who works in an organization, sometimes without pay, in order to gain work experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification.
Where or How can you get an internship:
For now, I will recommend Sesewa ( https://sesewa.org ). SESEWA was founded by Adekunbi Adeoye while in the University in 2009. She had just completed an internship which did not come easy. Realizing the importance of an internship and the lack of organizations opening up their structures to include internships, Adekunbi set out to make the difference.

SESEWA is Nigeria’s 1ST Internship focused organisation and has since evolved into solving the continent’s youth unemployment challenges through several platforms. SESEWA’s programs have a unique approach with a sustainable model to solving unemployment in Africa, one person at a time.

How Long Do Internships Last?
An intern works at a company for a fixed period of time, usually three to six months. Some students will have a part-time internship in which they work at the office for just a few days or hours per week.

Others will have full-time internships, meaning they work the same hours as the company's full-time employees. Internships can be any time of the year, including over the summer and during the regular quarter, trimester or semester.


Why Are Internships Important?

Internships offer students a hands-on opportunity to work in their desired field. They learn how their course of study applies to the real world and build a valuable experience that makes them stronger candidates for jobs after graduation.

An internship can be an excellent way to "try out" a certain career. For instance, you may think you want a fast-paced job in advertising after college, but after an internship, you may find that it's not for you; that's valuable insight that will help you choose your career path.

In some colleges, internships also count towards course credit. This is dependent on your individual school's requirements, but usually, a three-month long internship counts as a full course credit.



Who Can Be An Intern?

Interns are usually college or graduate students. While interns are usually older students, like juniors or seniors, freshman and sophomores can seek out internships as well. Having several internships while in college can be very impressive to potential employers.

Will I Be Paid?

Unpaid internships are common, but there are plenty of paid internships too. Whether or not you will get a wage depends on your industry and role. For instance, editorial interns are rarely paid, while engineering students almost always are.

If you can afford it, an unpaid internship can still be an extremely beneficial experience. You can get serious work experience, build a portfolio and establish a network of professional contacts which can help you after you graduate.

Will I Be Offered a Job?

Some companies do extend full-time job offers to exceptional interns, though this is not guaranteed and is the exception rather than the norm. To better your chances of this happening, be proactive in your work, pay attention to detail, be willing to listen and take criticism and volunteer for special projects.

Positioning yourself as a hardworking, reliable worker puts you in good standing for consideration. If the company is not hiring at the time your internship ends, do not be disappointed or think it's a reflection of your work.

It's often simply a budgeting issue. You can still probably count on them for a glowing reference, which you can leverage when applying for jobs later.
Sesewa iscurrently running a Education to the Workplace program now for :
Finance
Human Resources
Digital Marketing
Entrepreneurship
Social Entrepreneurship
Customer Service
But unfortunately both Human Resources and Digital Marketing class as ended but you can still go for the rest check here ( https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sw-ka-CNxOwD3atmPC2hSLr27H2p36l6ZjTm4r1V82U/viewform?edit_requested=true ).

By: Awoeyo Olayemi

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