What Next After Graduation?

Written by Mystery

Mystery is a writer who believes writing is a way of life. She writes fiction and loves to hang out with people. She is a student of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and most of all, loves animals.

March 29, 2022

Life after the four walls of a university contains so many choices. Initially, you are happy that you just crossed a great hurdle only to be faced with the harsh labour market you’ve been hearing about since your undergraduate days. 

I got back home and soon it became clear I needed something to do to bring money home. A lot of people kept advertising different online schemes. I thought I should give it a shot.

One of them had offered me 30k monthly. It was a good deal since I would be working from home and it would serve me until I got a standard job. As I started I realized it was tough as it required about 22 hours of an online presence. I wasn’t getting enough sleep but it was worth it.

I soon realized I was working for someone and he was getting triple the amount he was paying me yet he keeps complaining about how slow I was and repeatedly threatened me.  Regardless, I ignored his critics and continued because I was not a lazy person. I told myself that in at least a month, I’d learn the trade well and gain an amount of audience before I’d register and start working on my own.

What I did mostly included buying and selling. Yet it was time-consuming. I had hoped my December would be free and I could hang out with my friends but it wasn’t as it seemed. Due to the pressure, my employer had placed on me I sold past the stated amount of allowed sales per day. This act got me suspended. It was good since I could rest for the while and managed to visit a couple of friends.

I realized the situation was almost the same for everyone. They were all at home doing nothing apart from complaining about the system. I didn’t like the situation I found myself in but at least I was ready to change that. A couple of few who had hobbies or learnt trade was doing the little they could. But then seeing them move forward with the struggle gave me the strength to continue.

My account was reactivated afterwards and my boss complained about the hours I’d missed due to the suspension and wanted me to cover for it. How? I didn’t like the way he was pushing me around and I saw more reasons to open my own account directly and make sales for the company. The last straw was when he refused to give me my complete pay because of the suspension.

I met someone who told me they would help me get direct access to the company. He convinced me to pay him and I did only to find out he was a scam. I couldn’t cry because I knew I was the fool here.

I see a lot of graduates like me and I wonder what kind of life we would end up leaving. Please don’t say you were not told.

Start asking yourself, after graduation what next?

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