5 THINGS I WISH I DID DURING NYSC

By Emete Smart - 04:13

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Obeying the clarion call to some people was one of the most annoying things ever but to me, it was the sweetest thing ever. I couldn't wait to just enjoy the flow of things. But, did I plan well? Did I think well enough about the future? I really do not think so. Here are the 5 things I wish I did during NYSC. If you are about to serve or are serving or know someone about to serve, this post would come in very handy. Enjoy!

1. I WISH I HAD SAVED MORE 

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The worst decision you can ever make in life is not to prepare for the future, financially. We all thought 19,800 was chicken change, well, till now. Aside from the 19,800 being paid to us, people like me who worked with the government were paid an extra 10,000 which makes it almost 30,000 every month! So, what stopped me from saving at least 5,000 every month? See, when it comes to saving, you don't necessarily have to save because it would be useful to you to start a business later on. 5,000 for almost 12 months, altogether in Nigeria, might not start a ghenghen business but TRUST ME, it is still a lot! You can save just to use the savings to expand your business or in the case of an emergency. What if you just want to chop life after NYSC? And if you really don't know what to do with it, simply abandon it in your savings account till when a necessity comes up. The thing is I actually saved at some point. I saved about 40k but it all went into something which I would talk about later in this post...actually, in the 5th point. So, hey, if you are about starting NYSC or you are currently serving and have a long way to go, its never too late to start saving.

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2. I WISH I HAD LEARNT A NEW SKILL
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In camp, we were introduced to the SAED program. People like me didn't take it seriously. I was such a gangster in camp, Lol! I and my friends would leave the SAED lectures and sneak to mammy market to chop life. Quite a number of people took it seriously anyway and it paid off for them. One of my friends learnt bead making from the SAED program. I know someone who learnt cake making from the discounted SAED training and is about launching her business. Being a tech person, I should have utilized the discounted program offered to us by NYSC. To learn web development on  a norms is almost 100k but with SAED, it was heavily discounted and we were just to pay almost 30k. How sweet! But I procrastinated so much and look at it, NYSC is almost finished! Away from SAED, I could have just learnt a skill by myself ordinarily and just in case the jobs don't flow in immediately, one could turn it into a profitable business. I would advice you not to waste your time but to learn a skill during your service year. I have a very resilient friend. We are passing out soon but this didn't stop her from learning graphics design from a friend of ours at work. Never say never. Still, I wish I had learnt a skill earlier.

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3. I WISH I HAD STARTED A BUSINESS
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This is the most painful part. Being business savvy, I should have just started a business. Anyway, I'm about starting one though but still, I had so much time on my hand, working in a government parastatal. My friend, who is now known as Lagos Brand Chick on Instagram, started her online business on Instagram and my girl is cashing out already! I remember when we firstly started NYSC. Being a blogger, they all rallied round me, asking for tips on how to do the do online and I gave tips. She did further research and started her Instagram business where she trains startups on how to push their business online, using Instagram. She also hosts online classes and does lots of adverts. TRUST ME, her account is shaking and our allowee almost means nothing to her. SEE? If I had started a business earlier, I would have enough time to market it and by now, I would have been cashing out. It's never too late anyway but hey, if you are doing your service, try and start a business, especially if you are business savvy. Anything! Just start!

By the way, check my girl out on Instagram - @lagosbrandchick.

4. I WISH I HAD SENT OUT MY CV EARLIER

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It took me a while to create my CV and it took me so long to start sending out my CV. Now, its all tension because I'm almost done. I should have started sending out my CV about 6 months into NYSC but my anthem was - Oh, there's still time. No, there's no time! Time flies so fast...you'd be surprised. Start sending out your CV as soon as possible so that before the end of your service year, a good job is awaiting you or, you've already started one self. TRUST ME, there's no time. start sending out your CV now! You sure don't want to sit idle at home after service.

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5. I WISH I HAD SIMPLY DONE ME
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There was so much confusion during my NYSC. Everyone was advising me.

Oh, do your masters. Oh, get a job. Oh, do this and that.

I was super confused and I was mostly unable to do me which as I can see now, affected me a lot! Talking about my 40k savings, my elder brother advised I use it up for transport and to also enjoy myself. He assured me he would take care of my needs financially. Without a second thought, I did just that. 40k in the drain and my brother is planning his wedding. In other words , no free money anywhere. Lol. As painful as it is, I have learnt to always think twice and do me. The honest truth is that he actually meant well but wedding plans came up and everything automatically and naturally changed. So, who are we to blame? Do not let people always tell you what to do. Even if they do so, think very well about it and follow your heart.

I wish I did all these but however, there are some things I'm grateful I did during my service year. Looking at these things I did, I can almost say I have little to no regrets. What are the 5 things I am grateful I did during NYSC? Then, click HERE

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Are you serving or about to serve or you've serve already, tell me all the things you wish you did or could do? Would love to know in the comment section!

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