It’s now an issue of concern that Nigerians who graduate in cote d’Ivoire are now lost to what next to do after graduating from a higher institution in Nigeria.
A lot of Nigerian born on the territory of cote d’Ivoire return back to cote d’Ivoire after completing their NYSC and this is due to the unemployment rate in Nigeria. The rhetoric question most of them asked is what next to do in Cote d’Ivoire?
Those that fail to get a good answer find themselves as sales boys or girls in various markets in cote d’Ivoire. A graduate with a certificate as sales girl or boy. This has discouraged many parents from sending their children to school because they referred to those that went to school in Nigeria and came back with no job.
So parents ask themselves this “why should I send my child to school in Nigeria and in the end he comes out unemployed?”
With my little experience, I will like to give cardinal career goals points to Nigeria graduates living in cote d’Ivoire:
1. If you’re a lover of the Teaching profession:
Many Nigerian secondary schools in cote d’Ivoire will surely employ you if you have a certificate from Nigeria with a salary that varies from 60,000cfa to 100,000cfa.
In case you don’t want to teach in Nigeria secondary school, it’s advisable to translate your certificate to cote d’Ivoire educational standards then apply with it to be teaching English in Ivorian secondary schools as they pay teachers per hour of class and an hour of class is 3,000cfa.
Some recruitment agencies also give one-month training to you and offer you a certificate recognized by the Ivorian ministry of education, they will also be in charge of placing you in an Ivorian secondary school.
2. Truly you’re born in cote d’Ivoire before going to Nigeria, do you speak French fluently?
If yes, you’re two times ahead of job seekers in cote d’Ivoire. Jobs like a call center, telesales, secretary and office assistant are easy to get in cote d’Ivoire for bilingual. All you have to do is to subscribe to a job search website.
Compose a good curriculum vitae that march the standard of Ivorian human resources or recruiter ( Because the way Nigerians compose their Curriculum vitae is different from the way Ivorians compose theirs). After doing your curriculum vitae, apply to companies. Surely one will call you for an interview. Don’t be discouraged.
3. Look for Paid Internships
If you’re into engineering and sciences, it’s advisable you look for paid internship (stage rémunéré) in your field of study. This will assist you to have experience in your domain and know how they operate in cote d’Ivoire. During your internship, you need to show good conduct and do work according to the directive of your supervisor.
One interesting thing about this internship is that you get to connect with people that can assist you to get a job immediately after you’ve done with your internship. Being bilingual is an added advantage for you.
4. Be Computer Literate
Be computer literate if you’re opting to work for a company that deals with data or sales. Truly you speak French and English but do you master Excel spreadsheet, PowerPoint and words? If not, find a way to learn it because this will add value to your curriculum vitae.
5. Join Associations
You can also join an association like association des élèves et étudiants Nigerian en côte d’ivoire (AEENCI), this is a Nigerian students organization recognized by the Nigerian embassy in cote d’Ivoire. They have at their disposal some jobs vacancies which you can benefit from as a member.
Above all, be optimistic that you will surely get a favorable job in Cote d’Ivoire when you’re bilingual. The English language is valued by most companies in cote d’Ivoire so use that as your greatest weapon.
About the Writer:
Akanji Abdul Azeez is a graduate of public administration from Ahmadu Bello University, a writer, an educationist, a humanitarian, a data analyst, and currently a marketing and sales director.