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Reading Time: 11 minutesNigeria’s unemployment rate rose to 23.1% of the workforce by the end of September 2018, up from 18.1% in 2017.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) stated this in its Labour Force Statistics, released on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

Statics Of Unemployment in Nigeria

Unemployment And Under-employment Report – Q4 2017 – Q3 2018

Here are highlights of the report:

  • The economically active or working-age population (15 – 64 years of age) increased from 111.1 million in Q3, 2017 to 115.5 million in Q3, 2018.
  • The number of persons in the labour force (i.e. people who are able and willing to work increased from 75.94 million in Q3 2015 to 80.66 million in Q3 2016 to 85.1 million in Q3, 2017 to 90.5 million in Q3, 2018.
  • The total number of people in employment (i.e with jobs) increased from 68.4 million in Q3 2015 to 68.72 million in Q3 2016, to 69.09 million in Q3 2017 and 69.54 million in Q3 2018.

1. Teaching Job
2. Driving Job
3. Marketing Job
4. Volunteering Job

I know many graduates hate these jobs, because they feel they are belittling and are pure enslavement with little or no payment, but hey, there are more to what you are looking at.
I agree these jobs can be below par but hey they are stuff you can do to just keep doing something.

1. Teaching: The first job that almost all graduates get exposed to in Nigeria is teaching. Even right from high school, you can start teaching kiddies. At NYSC [National Youth Service Corp] too, many graduates are deployed to schools to serve as class tutors for a year. This is to tell you that there are great demands for teachers in Nigeria.
Well, I know the sad part is that schools pay little for more work.. However, if you still wanna earn something as low as 15k to 20k monthly, I can assure you that you can mindsget get schools around neighborhood that can part with this.

If you can move to cities too, you are atgreat advantage because you will be paid handsomely, provided you can teach very well and prove yourself as an impactful teacher.
Another good advantage in teaching is that after closing hour, you still have useful time to pursue other things, especially business. So what’s your excuse? Why don’t you give this a trial today?.

2. Driving: Hmm, this is another skilled job our graduates should look into, especially guys. Don’t just love driving around town in your parents cars, turn this love to money.
If you know you can drive very well, why don’t you stop applying for those over applied jobs and design a special CV for driving, thereby taking this hobby or skill to the next level
Being a graduate is a huge advantage for applying for driving jobs in Nigeria, as all companies mostly want someone who can read, write school leavers well in English language and with at least, a primary school leaving certificate.
In fact, as a driver you could have the rare privilege to see more about the company and have access to your big boss, thereby getting opportunities for other higher job openings that you desire and we’ll qualified for.
As an example, a good friend of mine started as a driver of a construction company and was being paid around 50k in Abuja in 2014.
2yrs later, he applied for another driving job and luckily became a field sales representative along the line for a popular publishing company covering a state in South West.
So you still think driving is for illiterates and not for graduates?
Well, you should have a rethink today. As you read this, there are many companies looking for honest, diligent, skilled and educated drivers today, which you are.
Check job recruitment sitesCheck everywhere and you will be shocked at what you are missing.
To start, perfect your driving skills, get your driving license and update your cv to suit employers’ taste. Good luck.

3. Marketing Jobs: Oh.. Marketing or sales job is another wonderful job you can easily get today in almost any part of Nigeria.

As long as there are products to sell, marketers will always be highly sought after.
When you visit the market, and you suddenly run into young school leavers on designer branded polo shirts helping to promote brands and goods, do you think it is just for fun? Albeit, No. These young minds get something cool as rewards no matter how small it is.
Do you still feel you can’t start somewhere like this too?
Well, think more about this. Forget what people will say..
Yes, marketing is demanding, tiresome but it is equally rewarding if you can go extra length to prove you can sell well.
You can volunteer to help small businesses to promote and sell their products through referrals and you get commissions for this. Check everywhere, marketing is growing, especially now that we have social media as a tool to inform.
Help people sell cars, sell houses, sell clothes and services, even right in the corner of your house and wonder where this could take you to, with time.

4. Volunteering Jobs: If money is not your topmost priority for looking for jobs but being gainfully engaged in something, then you should try to start applying as unpaid volunteer to companies and establishments.
Many will be willing to absorb you as long as they know they aren’t paying you anything.. And before you know it, you will be better skilled to apply for same job roles in future applications or even be considered for a permanent job where you are volunteering.
Frankly, there are certain things volunteering will do for you as a person, but one greatest advantage is that it gives you lots of job experience that in time will make your CV look pretty nice and enticing to recruiters.

You just finished school, with no where to go,why don’t you look for companies and small businesses around to serve as volunteering staff?
Walk in today, tell them why you need this and why you should be considered. You will be surprised.

By Yakubu Jimoh, Nija Box, Trainee Journalist