Open Letter to Graduates Who Just Passed Out From NYSC

Open Letter to Graduates Who Just Passed Out From NYSC

Dear ex-Corpers,

Welcome 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!

Yewande Jinadu

Yewande Jinadu is the Founder of CareerLife Nigeria( and also a Strategic HR Business Partner of a leading tech firm. She's a certified HR Professional with a mix of Generalist and Specialist Experience who supports the business to achieve it's goals through the people. Her strengths are in Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, Employee Engagement, Organization Development and Employer Branding. Her social initiative, CareerLife Foundation solving UN SDG Goal 8 is aimed at reducing unemployment by helping graduates and professionals become Employable and accelerate their career growth. With various awards won both locally and globally, her vision is to help millions of youths achieve measurable success in their career. Yewande holds the Senior Professional of Human Resources International (SPHRi) Certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), USA. She is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (ACIPM) and has a Practitioners License to practice HR in Nigeria. She's the Convener of the Employability Fitness Program, an initiative aimed at helping young graduates overcome interview Phobia and the barriers in Recruitment process through mentoring. She is a public speaker and has been featured on various media platforms including: BellaNaija, SheLeadsAfrica, GuardianWoman, Women of Rubies etc Some of her recognitions include: Top 50 Career Influencers in Africa by The Workbooth Magazine and also a the top 10 Platinum members of Career Influencers. Top 150 Global HR Influencer by Social Micole. Top 100 Career Women in Nigeria by 9to5Chick Top 30 Leading Women in HR by Worden HCD You can reach out to her by sending a mail to: and follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @careerlifeng

6 thoughts on “Open Letter to Graduates Who Just Passed Out From NYSC

  1. 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

  2. The best piece I’d ever came across since my POP. Reading between your words has sharpen and shaped my instinctual thoughts towards getting my dream job.
    This is awesome! Thank You Ma.

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