(1) FIND A PLACE TO SETTLE DOWN AND FAST
Your posting letter must have indicated your Place of Primary Assignment and you must have been conveyed by representatives of the different Local Government Areas where you’re posted to the area. The next thing is to settle down. There are provisions for temporary and permanent accommodation by religious bodies such as NCCF, NACC, MCAN and the likes. Some local governments also have Corpers’ Lodge which you can make use of before you proceed to your PPA. For some, these places eventually become their permanent residence for the service year.
(2) PROCEED TO YOUR PPA AND THEN NYSC AREA OR LOCAL OFFICE
Let it not happen that you carry your bags and travel home after the NYSC orientation camp without reporting at your PPA and NYSC area office for your registration except you have been redeployed. The fact is, you’re not yet a full corper until you’ve reported in those two places. Tender your posting letter at your PPA and collect an acceptance letter which you’ll use for your registration at the NYSC area office. And if you’re rejected by your PPA, it’s not a problem, just make sure the same PPA gives you a rejection letter. You’ll take the letter to the NYSC area office and they know what to do. Your PPA is expected to offer you accommodation and in some cases some monthly remuneration. Sort this out with your boss after you might have been accepted. You can also apply to travel for two weeks after your acceptance through your PPA to the NYSC office. Make sure you complete your registration before you travel, else allowee will hang. After settling with your PPA and registration and accommodation, the next thing is to plan how the service year would look like and even life after service.
(3) PLAN YOUR POST NYSC-LIFE
Ideally, you should have had this planned out even before your final exams at school. It isn’t late yet anyway. Perhaps this is going to be your first time being alone without any disturbance from home or academics. You have to find time to plan your life. Go to service with a life journal; something like a big diary or writing material and not just a sheet of paper. What kind of life do you want to live? What kind of job do you want? Do you want to be an entrepreneur? Where do you want to settle down? Where do you want to be five, twenty, forty years from now? Determining what you want to do after your youth service will help shape the kind of activities you get involved in and how you actually spend your service year”. This is the time to start planning your life and career moves with God’s guidance.
(4) ACQUIRE SOME PROFESSIONAL SKILLS (SAED)
Since you’ll have more time during your service year, plan to use them to your advantage by enrolling for professional exams and skill acquisitions that will give you an edge over others in the labour market. There are many recognized professional courses like International Strategic Management Institute (ISMI),Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM),Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the likes are also available during the service year at a subsidized rate for corps members nationwide.
(5) IDENTIFY BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
If you have passion for business, there is nothing stopping you from making as much money as possible during NYSC. Identifying business opportunities is not really a difficult task; you only need to be sensitive to the needs around you. The fact is, the employment market is already saturated and you can create a means of survival for yourself by doing business. It can open more doors for you or at least keep you busy till you get a good job.
(6) START THE JOB HUNT
Don’t wait till the end of your service year before you start looking for job. Prepare your Curriculum Vitae (CV), apply for jobs and attend interviews. You can get a job while you’re still serving and even if you don’t get a job, you’ll gain a lot of experience by writing applications to different companies and attending interviews. “It is always great stepping from the khaki straight into a job instead of packing back to your parents’ home to start the job search journey.”
(7) LOOK FOR INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Internships are a great way to work your way into a full time job and you should seek to seize any internship opportunity you find in the line of your career as a ‘youth corper.’ The good news about this is that companies don’t even need to advertise a vacancy before you can apply. In about three months before the end of your service, apply to as many companies as you can, you could be opening doors for a permanent employment.
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8. PLAN FOR FURTHER STUDIES
Your first degree is no longer enough in the already competitive employment market so you have to plan to go for further studies. For some, it may be immediately after service year while it may be much later for others. Whichever way, use your service year to find out the best available postgraduate studies in your line of career and get information on scholarships both in local and foreign institutions. Make the best of every good opportunity that comes your way during NYSC. Network and meet new friends that will transform your life positively. Visit new places and be security conscious. Find enough time to get a definite direction for your life so that you’ll come out a better person, ready to change your world positively.
Above all, whatever you do make God your guidance. Remember that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Anything is possible – all you have to do is believe in yourself. Wishing you all the best in what lies ahead and good luck.
Mr Eazi proposes to Temi Otedola!
For what seemed like a long while, celebrity power couple—Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola—are finally engaged as Oluwatosin Ajibade better known as Mr Eazi pops the heartwarming “Will you be my wife?” question to his girlfriend of 2 years Temiloluwa Otedola and she responded favourably in the affirmative “Yes” tone.
Fashion mogul and Icon Temi Otedola began dating artiste and music label CEO Mr Eazi in the year 2020 and have been living together ever since in their London apartment, sharing intimate moments, even meeting respective family members. This they’ve both shared in detail on their How Far? With Mr Eazi And Temi Otedola podcast.
Temi announced her engagement by posting the sea-side proposal of Mr Eazi on one knee asking the important question. The video goes by the simple caption of the infinity logo connoting they’re both locked in for life.
Congratulations to Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi!
Nicki Minaj agrees “Essence” should be song of the year at the Grammys
American superstar rapper, Nicki Minaj, shares the same sentiments as myriads of Wizkid fans and well-wishers worldwide, in that she concurs to the argument the trendsetting crossover record-breaking single from Wizkid’s 2020 released “Made In Lagos” album, Essence should be in the conversation for the coveted “Record of the Year” plaque at this year’s Grammy Awards.
Nicki Minaj agrees with Joe Budden that Essense should be Grammy Song Of The Year pic.twitter.com/hvdxQlItod
— King Henry 🥷🏾🛸 (@Kinghenryyyyyy) March 9, 2022
Although “Essence” did not receive the much desired nomination in the category for “Record of the Year” at the 2022 Grammy Awards, it did get a nod for Best Global Music Performance, the first of its kind.
Irrespective of the snub, Nicki whilie on Joe Budden TV (YouTube) as a guest on the special episode tagged A Conversation With Nicki Minaj & Joe Budden agreed with the host (Joe Budden) when he said “We need people on the Grammy board that know that “Essence” was song of the year” with an exclamatory “Right! Right!” response. She even proffered, “We should have our own Grammy Board“, in support of many and the popular believe that Black Americans or black artistes in general are always stereotyped to a particular category at the award show, if indeed they made it to the top categories, they barely win; Nicki Minaj does not have a Grammy Award herself and that is still a shock to many, especially when considering her refined catalogue of music.
Pheelz & Buju (BNXN) live the carefree lifestyle on “Finesse”
After much teasing, the anticipated Finesse by Pheelz and Buju (now BNXN) hit DSPs across the globe and just like the teaser gave off, Finesse is a banger! It is produced by young producer under Pheelz’s wing known as Miichkel.
On Finesse, Pheelz and Buju live their life to the fullest, the carefree lifestyle is what they desire and they are determined to stay on that track for the time being. “I’ve been living the fast life but I see it in slow mo / And you see my lifestyle, I got Gs in the turbo / . . . / Bad girl sey she want Netflix & Chill / So I ja ticket give her warning / If you fall in love, girls it’s certain / You go chop breakfast, I’m not capping“, Pheelz explains on the first verse, even saying love and relationship cannot stop him from living the ‘ballers’ lifestyle; “I’d be dammed if there’s anybody that could be like me / I be like Mo’ Salah, coming up the right wing / I cut through your defender, you no need to tell me / I must finesse / And you know sey me I must net“, Buju braggingly adds on the second verse, saying he can score any chick that catches his eye and dish her the next minute.
listen to the popular joyous chorus “Ah finesse / If I broke na my business / Ama shana e go bright o / Folake for the nighr o” here or on Apple Music.: