Nigeria has delayed and discouraged many students schooling in the Federal and
state Institution. It is a thing Nigerian Undergraduates must encounter during
their 4 -5 years of service. I have heard stories of several graduates who
spent almost 9 years in University due to the venom of ASUU Strike. As it
stands, the chance to call off strike is very slim and obscure. You should not
waste your precious time waiting and thinking the strike will be called off
soon, get something profitable doing and never wait till the cock crows. I will
be giving you some job tips to do while patiently waiting for the strike to be
If you have a good command of English and you don’t suck at putting your
thoughts on paper, you should consider becoming an online freelance writer.
Even without any real writing experience, there are many jobs available for
amateur writers online and you can make reasonable income from your home while
on them too.
However these jobs won’t come knocking on your door, for a chance to nail a
freelance writing gig, you should; Research about online writing or talk to
people that are already involved in the business. Looking up job offers on
freelancing sites will help.
Determine the kind of content you are interested in working on, you may opt
for rewriting articles or writing new content about a particular subject such
as science or fashion. Advertise your business; you can start by advertising on
Nairaland. You should also register on free platforms like Asuqu or Fiverr that
facilitate online buying and selling of services. Be good at what you do
Web Development/ Web Designing
Regardless of your course of study as an undergraduate, you can venture into
web design or development if you haven’t already. You can utilise the free time
before your NYSC posting to take free courses in coding. W3schools,
Codecademy and freeCodeCamp are great online resources to help you get
acquainted with codes. If you have at least 3 months of waiting to do,
you should consider joining the Switch Fellowship. They are based in Lagos and
will teach you coding for free.
Do your research, start from the basics and you can go on to choose a
programming language to start with. With a little bit of coding skill, you may
find a team of developers that will be willing to allow you, work, learn and
earn at the same time. Even if you don’t, coding is an interesting way to keep
yourself engaged and it is one skill you can always fall back on in the future.
If you have sufficient skills in coding, you should register on platforms like
Fiverr or Asuqu to source for jobs.
You have probably never considered lecturing online. Well if you are going
to be stuck in the house for months waiting for your NYSC posting and you are a
guru in any academic area, you should probably give this a thought.
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There are people online who are ready to share your knowledge for a price and
online platforms like TotalPrep are on ground to connect you to them. You can
also source for jobs on free freelance websites. So you can start a science
class or an algebra class or even move away from academics and do something
more creative like giving lessons on a skill.
You can also register on ProTeach or PrepClass if you prefer to give
physical lessons instead. Don’t forget to advertise your business; talk to
family, friends and use social media too.
If you are bilingual or fluent in more than one foreign language then
working as an online translator may be the best way to pass time and earn cash
too as you wait for your NYSC posting. With increasing number of businesses
trying to reach more customers around the world, translation services are
increasingly being sought after too
Getting started is easy especially with freelancing sites like Upwork and
Fiverr at your disposal. Alternatively, you can sign up with a website that
employs online translators like Gengo.
Take advantage of other platforms too; advertise your new business on social
media, Nairaland etc. You never know where your potential customers are hiding.
This is a great way to make cool cash too. You will have to find available slot for presiding officers who would be assisting in conducting elections both presidential and state. You will be advised to go for a week or 2-week training program. Presiding officers are mostly youths and fresh NYSC Corpers who assist in polling units. You can either sign up for the form online or visit the nearest INEC office if it isn’t closed tho.
As a digital marketer you can market services on the internet from the
comfort of your home and get paid , this makes it another interesting job you
can do while you are chilling for the clarion call.
If you have no experience in digital marketing, Google’s free digital skill
training is a good place to start. You can become a good digital marketer if
you are willing to spend time learning the required skills and you have the
resources to help you. Upwork, Fiverr and Asuqu are platforms where you can
source for jobs.
There are different areas of digital marketing;
Search engine optimisation (SEO) is the process of optimising a
client’s website to rank as highly as possible in Google and other search
engines for keywords that are related to the content on the website.
Social media marketing involves advertising and promoting brands on social
media platforms usually with a clear target. You can choose a particular social
media platform to focus on. For example, you can decide to promote a YouTube
video or promote a brand on Instagram.
Have you considered making money from typing out audio files? If you have
good typing skills and you are stuck at home waiting for the NYSC posting, you
should give this a thought. Starting a transcription business is not so hard
and you can make good money from it too.
Before you start, do your research, practice and decide if you want to
provide general transcription services or focus on a particular area e.g
medical or legal. Go on to advertise your business and source for jobs, Upwork
and social media are good places to source for freelance transcription jobs.
Graphic design is a skill that can be learnt by anyone and contrary to what
a lot of people think, you don’t need to be good at drawing to be a good
designer. You can make money from designing logos, flyers, book covers,
business cards e.t.c. If you have sufficient skills in graphics design,
head on to freelancing platforms to source for jobs, you should also market
your skills offline too.
If you know nothing about it, you don’t need any formal education to be a
good graphic designer. You can learn on your own and this is a good way to
invest the time you will spend waiting for your NYSC posting. You can start by
taking free online graphic design courses and reading relevant books.
Singer and songwriter
If you have a good voice and can gain access to a music studio, then you may
have customers waiting. Online platforms like Fiverr and Asuqu can connect you
to people in need of your vocal powers.
You don’t have to do the singing if you can’t, you can simply stick to
songwriting instead if you can handle it. You can also specialise in providing
DJ drops, or commercial jingles. Just head on to freelancing sites like Fiverr
to source for jobs.
Sales Consultant for an online store
If you have good negotiation and persuasion skills, then this one is for
you. Large online stores like Jumia and Konga sell through sales consultants.
Jumia runs a sales consultant scheme that pays consultants commissions when
they sell items supplied by the store. There are no special qualifications for
this role and all you will need to get started is a phone or laptop connected
to the internet.
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