Category Archives: Reflection

VOLUNTEERING – A WAY OUT OF JOBLESSNESS

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Quote:     “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Muhammad Ali

Today is the International Youth Day, and I want to share my thought with the teeming Nigerian  youth on the act of Volunteering. Volunteering is not common in Nigeria, but it is in the developed nations, and even some developing economies like Kenya. You see young people taking a gap year to explore other continents and volunteer.

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According to Wikipedia, “Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial gain. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development, and is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served. It is also intended to make contacts for possible employment. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Others serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster.

It saddens me when I hear applicants say “I have been searching for a job for the past 2 – 3 years, but couldn’t get any”. When I ask if they have ever thought of working pro bono during the waiting period to get experience, they go “I can’t work for free o!” In most cases I sit them down to enlighten them about the benefits of volunteering and how they could end up getting that dream job of theirs in the course of volunteering.

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There are many benefits of Volunteering some of which are highlighted below:

1) It helps you develop new skills – There are certain things you cannot learn in school, but on the job. You are given jobs that challenge and develop you. The experience gained during this period of learning is invaluable.
2) It helps you live a healthier life – Because your mind is engaged in something productive, you are not susceptible to being depressed or engaging in vices.
3) It can help you earn your next/dream job – It is natural for business owners to employ someone who knows about the workings of the business when there is a vacant post than to hire someone that has to be trained freshly.
4) Making new friends – It helps you meet new people who can be potential reference when the opportunity comes (provided you made a positive impression). They could even recommend you if you let them know you need a permanent job. It offers the opportunity to cross paths as well as, in many cases, quickly bond with people from different background.
5) It adds to your Resume – Universities abroad usually want to know what you are doing in your community (Community Service). Not only do you have to show that you volunteer your time, but you also have to show that you are taking a leadership role, or creating something new that fills a gap in the community. Aside University or College requirement, it forms part of your work experience when searching for work.
6) It helps you feel cool – It gives you joy serving others and helping to improve the community.

HOW TO FIND A VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY?

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Post your intentions on Facebook, LinkedIn or even Instagram letting people know your skills.

So, what are you waiting for? Make a difference today, meet new people, and gain new skills! A whole new experience awaits you! – VOLUNTEER!!!

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To you all, Happy International Youth Day!!!

LIFE LESSONS LEARNT WHILE SOLVING THE RUBIK’S CUBE

Quote: “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Francis of Assisi

Dear Friends,

This is in continuation of last week’s post which was inspired by Sooraj Singh.

Practice

Practice: – “Practice makes perfect”, so the saying goes, and so it truly is. You have to practice over and over again till you succeed. Take sportsmen and women for instance, they have to practice day and night in order to hone their skills no matter what the odds are. What this has taught me is to constantly practice in order be a better me. This is irrespective of our position in life.

Never Give Up

Never Give Up:- Never give up on your dream no matter the situation, no matter the number of times you fail. Your ability to get up and dust yourself up, then move on is what determines if you are a success or a failure. Giving up when you fail is not an option. My determination to learn how to solve the Rubik’s cube despite getting everything all muddled up when I thought I had solved a layer helped in getting the whole cube solved.

Learning

Learn the Process: – Sometimes in life we achieve success at a project the very first time, and subsequently we experience failure. The reason most times is because we do not understand the process involved. If I assist you in solving a Rubik’s Cube the first time, you will not be able to solve it unless you understand the process and Algorithms involved in the solution. When we skip the process, then we are heading towards failure. The lesson I learnt in this is to follow the process in achieving the goal.

Hardwork

Determination and Hard Work: – A combination of hard work and determination can unlock your potential. “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard” – Kevin Durant. Many people are talented in one area or the other, some are even multi-talented. But, it takes a lot of hard work with determination to unlock your potential. Without these two, your talent will be wasted. No matter how passionate you are about something, you need to work hard with unwavering determination in order to unlock your potential and succeed.

Accountability 

Accountability Partner: – Having a partner to account to will also help you to work harder. I made my little son my accountability partner, so I told him about my goal. Because I would not want to fail in this race thereby losing face before my little son, I had to work extra hard in ensuring I learnt to solve the Rubik’s Cube. Most times we don’t make public commitment about our goals because of fear of failure and criticism. So, remember to have an accountability partner so that it can compel you to work extra harder, and push you to succeeding.

Now you know what I learnt from the Rubik’s Cube. I hope you have learnt one or two things from this, and I hope you can use them and achieve success.

I look forward to knowing what you have learnt too. So, go ahead and share with us.

Till then, have fun cubing!

#ExperienceTheCube

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