How to Get Jobs In Nigeria With A 3rd Class or Pass Degree.
It is not a sin to graduate with a third-class or pass degree. You aren’t the first to do so, and you won’t be the last. There must have been some inevitable events at school that led to this.
But how do you inform your friends and family? Particularly your parents or guardians, who may feel as if their investments in you have been squandered. People who graduate from university with a third-class or pass degree often feel as if their entire world has come crumbling down around them.
We’ve seen cases when people become suicide after graduating from high school with poor grades; perhaps because no one was available to offer them the counsel and support they needed to get back on their feet.
You are not defined by your grades. Believe me when I say that it has no bearing on the height you can achieve. Many folks who do not have a college diploma are doing incredibly well.
Graduating from university with a low grade does not always imply a lack of mental aptitude. In Nigeria, getting a job requires more than just graduating with high or terrible grades. There are things you can do with a third-class or pass degree to assist you to acquire a job faster than those who graduated with good grades.
In general, unemployment in Nigeria is significant; to the point where even those who graduated from university with first-class or second class upper honors are having difficulty finding good jobs—aside from becoming underpaid secondary school teachers.
If you graduated with a third class or pass degree in Nigeria, here are the things you must do to increase your chances of getting jobs:
1. Start a freelancing career
If you’ve never heard of freelancing, you’re losing out on a great way to make money online doing what you love. A freelancer is someone who isn’t linked to a job or a client, but is instead connected from one client to the next based on employment needs and availability.
You can work as a freelancer in your field of competence or with a talent you learned professionally or informally. You can discover freelance doctors, consultants, lawyers, content writers, statisticians, virtual assistants, and many other areas on freelance sites.
Furthermore, most freelance sites do not ask you to provide your high school diploma or professional credential. What is required of you is your ability to present it to the rest of the world. People who work on freelance sites don’t just make a living; they live the lives of their desires.
2. Write a killer CV
Writing a good CV is the first step in getting any job. Your CV, on the other hand, will be more than simply the usual if you graduated with a 3rd class or pass degree. Believe me when I say that the importance placed on degree grades is dwindling.
It’s no longer simply about what’s on your resume; it’s about your talents and abilities, and what you can give to any firm that decides to hire you. As a result, your CV should place a greater emphasis on your qualities and skills.
For example, I’m a fast typist who can type at over 70 words per minute, which provides me an advantage when applying for clerical employment. So I’ll make sure my CV includes all of the talents and qualities that distinguish me.
3. Take Extra courses
If you apply for a job with a 3rd Class or pass degree, you’ll almost certainly be overlooked. Taking additional professional courses at respected schools, on the other hand, will provide you an advantage. In universities and polytechnics, extra courses are not required.
Professional courses are available both offline and online through a variety of institutions. Because you’re trying to improve your resume, it’s a good idea to take additional courses in areas related to your field.
If you’re a Computer Science graduate, for example, attending a course at CISCO will undoubtedly improve your résumé.
4. Believe in yourself
Most individuals in Nigeria believe that there are no employment for persons with a third-class degree, thus they never apply for jobs. According to Adeoye Adekoya, he never went for an interview because he believed that with his 3rd-class degree, he would never be able to find work.
After many years of waiting, the first interview he ever went for resulted in him getting his first appointment.
How did he pull it off?
He enrolled in further classes and began to have more faith in himself.
You can follow suit.
You must be the first to believe in yourself.
Fill out employment applications, and when you’re called in for an interview, make sure your interviewers look at more than your grades.
Make them see why you’re the best candidate for the position.
As I have stated, grades are gradually diminishing as a criterion for evaluating job applicants.
Confidence, skills, and capacities have all become major determinants.
5. Get a Masters Degree
If you can’t follow the first four steps, the next best thing you can do to improve your chances of landing a solid job is to pursue a Masters degree at any respectable university.
Someone once emailed me, asking if I could do a master’s degree with a third-class degree.
You can, in fact.
However, finding a respectable university in Nigeria that will provide direct Masters Degree admission to 3rd class degree holders is extremely tough.
Many Nigerian universities, on the other hand, allow third-class degree holders to take a brief PGD (Post Graduate Diploma) before enrolling in a Masters program.
6. Study Abroad
Most universities in foreign countries are unconcerned about your marks when you apply.
You will, however, be needed to complete a pre-masters course and exams, following which you will be able to pursue your Masters degree.
If you’ve worked in Nigeria for a long time, you’ll know that obtaining a Masters degree from a reputed international school would significantly improve your CV.
7. Showcase your portfolio
If I were a content writer or web designer who received a poor grade in university, the first thing I’d do is look for a way to demonstrate my intelligence without having to disclose my grades.
If you’re a content writer, for example, and you apply for a position at a popular magazine platform, you’ll be expected to give evidence of previous work and projects in addition to your CV and certificate.
As a writer, I can easily demonstrate my writing abilities on my personal blog, which I may utilize as a selling point when applying to any reputable Nigerian media firm.
If you’re a web designer looking for work, you can quickly demonstrate your abilities by creating high-quality websites that you can use as references when preparing your job application.
Now it’s your turn…
I’ve given you some pointers on how to find a job in Nigeria with a 3rd class or pass degree; now it’s up to you.
Which of those suggestions do you intend to use?
You can also give any additional suggestions for 3rd class and pass degree grads in the comment area below.
How to Get Jobs In Nigeria With A 3rd Class or Pass Degree.
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