Choosing your career path can be a daunting task, especially in Nigeria’s current situation. After graduating, you realise that of all the thousands of graduates that are churned out each year, only a few percentage will get a tangible job.
As at August 2015, Nigerian Bureau of Statistics recorded that Nigeria’s unemployment rate has risen to 8.2 per cent from the 7.5 per cent rate which was recorded in the preceding quarter.
In this rat race called getting a good job in Nigeria, you still have to choose the perfect career that you can grow and excel in.
Breaking down your job hunt into manageable chunks will improve your chances of successful career planning and this will also help you discover the jobs that suit you.
Choosing a good career ensures that you’ll enjoy work, stay motivated and fulfil your potential.
Here are tips to help you choose the perfect career
At the end of the day, any potential jobs must be compatible with your skills and qualities. Undertaking a personal audit will help you to identify your strongest attributes and develop the knowledge required for your chosen career.
Step 1: Identify Jobs that Suit Your Career: Once you’ve assessed which areas of work suit your skills, values and interests, compile a shortlist of around five to ten jobs that suit your career, before considering the advantages and disadvantages of each in terms of:
- career development
- employment outlook
- entry requirements
- job description
- related jobs
- salary and conditions
Step 2: Get to Know the Job Market: You should also consider your ideal job sector, and identify key trends by researching the local, national and global jobs market. This will help you to discover more potential career paths, and understand which jobs are expanding or declining.
There are three types of job market, there is the private, public and Not for profit. Once you decide which fits your career, you must also consider which size of employer that best suits your personality and work ethic.
You can decide where your future lies with more confidence by undertaking part-time work or work experience and internships. You could also list the graduate employers that you’re interested in working for and check for job vacancies. Applying speculatively shows initiative and you might even get lucky.
Step 3: Choose A Career Direction: Now that you’re beginning to understand yourself and the job market, the next step is to match the two. However, bear in mind that you’re almost certainly suited to more than one career and that your professional direction will probably change at least once during your lifetime. When assessing your options, consider these questions:
- Do you have the right skills?
- Does the company fit with your values?
- Is the job realistic in terms of salary?
- Will you enjoy doing the job every day?
- Would you consider doing the job for free?
Step 4: Create an Action Plan: Identify your current situation, in terms of employment, qualifications, strengths and weaknesses. Decide your long-term objectives, set yourself realistic and measureable short-term targets, and figure how you’ll meet them. Your short term goal can be improving your CV, getting Six months training etc.
Step 5: Identify Job Opportunities: There are several resources that can kick-start your job hunt, browse social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Use job websites, read national dailies and don’t ignore the power of online forums.