Best Professional Certificate During NYSC to Boost your Employment

Nysc imageProfessional certificate during Nysc is essential to ace your dream job. The National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) was formed specifically for promoting national integration among the numerous ethnic groups in Nigeria.

The truth is NYSC might be a waste of time to some but don’t waste yours as well because this is d time you can structure or re-structure your career path. See NYSC as opportunity to increase your employability status.

Wherever you are posted in Nigeria, look out for opportunity to improve yourself not opportunity to flex, sleep and engage in useless activities which will not enhance your economic value. The one you enjoy in campus is enough my dear, be wise! You can engage in some professional certificate course and some training like Fashion design, Web design, Agriculture training(fisheries, poultry, etc), entertainment among others.

The one you enjoy in campus is enough my dear, be wise! You can engage in some professional certificate course and some training like Fashion design, Web design, Agriculture training(fisheries, poultry, etc), entertainment among others.
Unemployment in Nigeria is growing at a geometric rate, and the government is not or has not been doing enough to ameliorate  this. Hundreds of thousand corps member are turned into the labour market on yearly basis to go and secure the un-available jobs. Even if you decide to opt for business, the environment is not friendly to you – giving the epileptic nature of power supply, tax rate, low or no capital and many other factors.

Even if you decide to opt for business, the environment is not friendly to you – giving the epileptic nature of power supply, tax rate, low or no capital and many other factors.

This very problem has led so many motivational speakers or career coaches worsen the whole situation by advising young graduates to improve themselves and position themselves for gainful employment by obtaining professional certifications without giving them the ABCD of the process.

Holding on to their advice, many corps members in a bid to position themselves for gainful employment have taken the wrong way, and fall prey to companies offering several professional certifications that add no singular value to the corps members .  So many has paid thousands of scarce naira for such certificate courses.

These people are so good at what they do that they can convince a doctor to take a course on taxation. They are not the worst of all as the NYSC has joined forces with NIM to convince lawyers, engineers, doctors, scientists, to take their examinations. It comes so cheap that everyone is encouraged to offer it.

I bet you wherever you are posted in Nigeria, many career coaches or motivational speakers will line up there to introduce courses like National Institute of Management (NIM), Health, Safety & Environment (HSE), Project Management Program(PMP), Environmental Impact Assessment(EIA), among others.

Some of these courses are concluded within two weeks or more, some three weekends. Where the price range start from N11, 000 upward, most corps members enrolls for some of these programs because of its relative cheap nature and their desperation to be properly position for well paid jobs after NYSC scheme.

My problem with most corps members is their inability to have specific goals of what they want in life. Yes! Because there are questions begging for answer before signing up for any professional certifications. Of course there are several questions begging for answers. I have seen people with more than two irrelevant professional certifications without job for more than one year of their NYSC scheme. It is relevant and recognized professional certificate that add value to you.

Of course there are several questions begging for answers. I have seen people with more than two irrelevant professional certifications without job for more than one year of their NYSC scheme. It is relevant and recognized professional certificate that add value to you.

Before enrolling for a professional certificate address these few questions in your head:

What kind of professional certifications are relevant to my primary certificate(B.Sc certificate)? Any certificate you are applying for should be an addition to your course of study, it should have correlation, if not forget it my dear. Imagine a doctor or trained engineer doing NIM, APCON, because the program is cheap and readily available. Must you know everything? No! that is where most people get it wrong.

Organization are looking for experts, professional not people that have idea about every field with no skills.

What kind of certifications are relevant to my dream jobs? There should be correlation between your dream job and the certificate. For example, if you are looking at a career in taxation(Revenue boards of the Federal government and states, private tax companies), get certified by Chartered Institute of Taxation(CITN). For career in marketing, consider Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria(APCON), career in management or related discipline consider Chartered Institute of Personnel Management(CIPM), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria(ICAN), etc.

How marketable is the certificate in the Labour market: Apology to the relevant bodies, certificate like NIM are common in the labour market without much addition to your employability status.  NB: For the economist, please consider only certificate course like, CITN, CIPM, ICAN and few relevant others depending on your budget and time frame of the program.

Some certificate are very marketable by themselves, ask yourself how many people want the service of the people with the certificate you have in view. It doesn’t end in having certificate but rather in using the certificate for securing well paying job. With ICAN certificate, you can work anywhere.

The certificate and the company offering it, are they certified and recognized:  Find out from other corps members if the certificate are genuine, if not run for your their life. Is not a must to have a professional certificate, you can go for skill acquisition. You will notice some of the tutors of various certificate saying theirs is better, don’t mind them. Ask around and be sure before you let them take your hard-earned money in exchange for a printed paper they call certificate.

The NYSC management or official are not even helping matters this days because of some commission they stand to benefit. Imagine NIM certificate that comes with the NIM logo on a side and NYSC on the other. And I ask this simple question, what kind of professional body gives a real professional certificate with an irrelevant body’s logo on same?

The truth is that NIM is a registered and viable body, but the certificate they offer to corps members who offer their courses is not viable. Maybe I’m wrong, but you can make your research by yourself. Compare people with NIM certificate and people with other certificate like  CITN, ICAN, APCON, CIPM’s certificates. Nigeria is a country where everyone takes advantage of everybody. They know of your desperation to get professional certifications, hence your vulnerability.

So before choosing the certificate to go for consider this few things  in order not to be a victim. If you have too much money to waste, send some to me or even to the motherless babies. My advice is, verify all claim before enrolling for it, consider what you have passion for as this will enhance your learning ability. Wait a moment go and subscribe now for more post on skills relevant to your course and passion, updates on writing killer cv that no employer can resist and many more. Just enter your mail at the subscription box by your right.

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8 thoughts on “Best Professional Certificate During NYSC to Boost your Employment”

  1. Please am very curious. What type of professional course should I do. Am a graduate of Political Science and I recently concluded my NYSC program. Am presently doing the NIM program. Someone adviced me to do CIPM but I want to be sure of the professional course to do first. Thank God for this post, I don’t normally comment but I need your advice. I’ll be very grateful.

  2. Dear Thelma,thanks for your comment!
    I will advice you to consider Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR)or CIPM as recommended by your friend. Both of the program focus and training individuals in handling public relational issues. And both are well known professional bodies. But to be candid, I recommend NIPR if the resources is there.

  3. Of all the advice I receive as regard this particular issue this one is the best so far. Thanks for the advise.

  4. Hello, Your post is really informative. Kudos to you
    Please I need your candid advice on this: Which of the professional courses should I take, I studied Horticulture and Landscaping under Agriculture and graduated with a first class.
    I am presently undergoing my NYSC program

  5. Thanks for this wonderful article, it is really a great guide. I love article that are practical to the needs in the society not all this half baked article everywhere. Once again thanks for your effort.

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