What Every Secondary School Leaver Should Know Before Entering The University

To many school-leavers the collection of information on studies becomes a real challenge. Family members of
the immediate environment, classmates, and teachers add to this process. Some of them help in making a decision,
while others criticize it. Parents establish favorable conditions, teachers consult. However, every school-leaver
makes his own individual choice on selection, comparison, and evaluation of the benefit of the life career
concerning a specific study program.
Your university/college days is one you will live to remember; and whether you’ll remember  this stage of your life in satisfaction or in regret depends on what you make of it and that is the reason we want to share with you some few tips that will help you have an interesting experience in college and also prepare for your career after school.

1. Make A Clear Decision For Going Into A Higher Institution

Some school leavers are excited about going into the higher education because they want to leave parents and guardian and have some freedom for once with peers. Some Parents can be hindrances to growth and socialization sometimes, I agree to that. But don’t make living home your number one priority to get into higher institution. If knowledge and experience is not your main reasons, it’s not worth it. Do it for the right reasons.
2.Choose the right Course To Study/Know what you want To Study And Why
If you ask many students in the higher education why they are studying the course they are studying, most will hardly give you a good reason, they’ll give you reasons like, i like it cause my uncle is getting a lot out of it. I once asked a young girl who told me she wanted to read medicine why she loves the course and she said society respects medical doctors, so she wants to be respected.
Before you fill a course choice in your Jamb form, be sure to know what you want and it should be something you have passion for. Now the good thing about having passion for what you do is that:
*It gives you a sense of purposeFollowing your passion in life gives you a sense of purpose to exist in this world. It also helps to instill something bigger and greater than just yourself. As long as what you’re pursuing moves beyond just the selfish reasons and really attempts to contribute value to the world, it will help you fulfill something far greater than you could ever imagine.

* Your dreams will manifest into reality

When you follow your passion in life, slowly but surely, your dreams manifest into reality. When you’re doing what you love, you’re already realizing a dream, but it also helps you to not lose focus and drive over time when it’s a deeply passionate project.

*You’ll be happier

When you follow your passion in life, you’re happier overall. You’re more sated with yourself and the decisions that you make, and not weighed down by the common stressors that come along with not doing what you love. Overall, you feel more uplifted and have a far greater piece of mind.

*It won’t feel like work to you

Following your passion in life and doing what you love for a living won’t feel like work for you. You won’t open your eyes dreading another day at a life-sucking 9-to-5 job. You’ll wake up with energy and enthusiasm to start another day pursuing something that you really want to do rather than an endless array of things you’re dreading having to do.

*You’ll add more value to the world

Anytime you’re doing what you love to do in life, you’ll also desire to add value. It’s because you’re so passionate about doing it that you’ll throw yourself into it entirely and end up delivering far more to others than is expected to you. That comes naturally whenever you pursue whatever it is that you love doing.

*You naturally become more persistent

It’s easy to give up when we’re pursuing goals that aren’t as meaningful to us. But when we’re working towards something that we’re passionate about, it’s a natural occurrence to be more persistent. We don’t wake up thinking about giving up; we wake up thinking about how we can push forward, and naturally develop persistence in the process.

*It will help to build character

By following your passion in life, you’ll build up character. It takes true strength to go after what is you truly love to do in life. And, naturally, you’ll reach new understandings about life, love and the people that surround you, which will help to further foster and develop your character.

* You’ll ignore the naysayers

It’s easy to allow negative people to get you down, especially when you’re pursuing your dreams. People will always try to chop you down and tell you how to think and to be realistic. Many of the most famous failures in life had to endure this very thing. But, when you love what you do, you’ll learn to ignore those naysayers and push past the negativity.

3. Use Free Time as Career Building Time

Every school leaver should be aware that Weekends and holidays aren’t just for playing the latest video game, they’re for that too, you could try to secure an internship, volunteer position or temporary work within the sector you would like to have a job/career in. You have the benefit of the inexhaustible energy of youth on your side, use it to your advantage to start building the strong foundations of a solid career with these experiences.

4.Your career after school does not revolve around your degree certificate.

For most of us, going to a higher institution is all about graduating with good grades. Go to school study hard and graduate with an excellent result. Once you have a good result, every other thing falls in place after school. Those with a not so good result can go mourn their loss. But things are changing these days. The same advice that worked for your father in his days may not apply today; not in a fast moving world. Life is much more complicated than a rigid career advice. Concentrating solely on your academics is just too risky, especially with the quality of education you end up receiving in our higher institutions. Gone are the days when parents should advice their children to go to school and mind nothing but their studies. My degree certificate has never earned me a penny since I left school, but I wouldn’t say that your certificate is useless; that will be going too far and totally selfish of me. You need to work hard on your studies and get good grades, but don’t devote the whole 4 or 5 years in doing that alone. Your certificate is worth whatever you qualify it to worth. Employers are getting smarter. An applicant doesn’t automatically get the job because they had a better result than the other applicants. There are other required skills like communication skills, leadership strength, self confidence, work experience, community service etc. Possessing these skills can take you further than an excellent result can. Spend your time in school self-developing.

If after putting in your best effort, you end up with a second class lower, you can still prove that you are worth more than a third class citizen, it’s totally up to you. I wouldn’t have to tell stories of people with low class grades or even drop-outs turning to employ first class materials. Such stories are not far fetched. However even if you don’t end up employing people that did better than you did in school, you can draw strength from wanting to prove that you are worth more than that printed piece of paper, and become more productive.

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