Dear Graduant…

Dear Graduant,

I believe you are fine, Nay, overjoyed.

Earning that colourful emblazoned and embossed piece of paper is no mean feat. Especially if you went to a public university, you will appreciate that eventually you have earned your sweat! Congratulations.

I also believe it befits you to be addressed as a graduant. Reason being that you have eventually transitioned from being a student to a full citizen, fully responsible to yourself. So forget reliance on handouts and pocket money. In short, am implying that henceforth your life will be forged and determined by the decisions you will make or take.

However, i would opine that you shouldn’t be overjoyed. Note that am not a sadist. Am a realist. What that paper with your name and the four or five years’ work that you put in to earn it means is that you now have your destiny in your hands.

First and foremost, having that diploma or degree does not guarantee you express success in life. Its akin to a curse. Many have left that institution and others of a similar nature, and they are still walking the streets of the city looking for jobs. The worst is if you are a first class honours (hallelujah) graduant. Rather than command respect among employers, you will be seen as an academic giant with no real competencies. Be ye warned!
Secondly, as aforementioned, the paper qualification does not translate to outright employability. I want to believe you were not among those who laughed at those students who involved themselves in co-curricular activities. The ideal world needs your academic skills. The real world out here needs your competencies, skills, abilities and agilities. It means you have to be all rounded to fit! Woe unto you if all you did was dwell in the library!

In addition, the world out here is cruel. It does not empathize with the fact that you are a new graduate. What i mean is, do yourself a favour. Check the Friday newspaper editions in the ‘Jobs’ section and see the requirements for any of the advertised positions. There is what employers call ‘experience’. Now, i know that send chills…yeah, you need to have it. Never mind you are out of college, fresh and springy!! ?

But wait a minute. Did i see you parade yourself in the local shopping centre wearing that gown you hired before the graduation ceremony? It is really inspiring, especially to the younger ones! The glory of the flowing robe follows you like a shadow. But please know you will return it before the expiry of the due date of return…hence, know it isn’t yours! It never has been anyway! ?

Nonetheless, allow i let you in on a secret: did your lecturers tell you how marketable your course was, especially in your first year at university? You may deny it, but i can picture you seated on that arm-chair tabled seat in the lecture room, seeing yourself basking in glory once you are graduated! As i said, what you held on that graduation day is a paper. And whatever you studied,may as well be that – studies, never to be applied anywhere! I know am scaring you to the bone…but that’s a fact. Either whatever you read in university is out of place in today’s society or , it may be bypassed with time. Sorry to note, probably you studied history for a career, or stuff yet to be invented in our society.  Just understand that university institutions are in the business of making money.

Finally, noting that i have penned more than 500 words to you, i wish to advice you to always, always be professional in your communications. Ever heard that a hole the eye of a needle can sink a ship? Yeah, ensure all your CVs and cover letters are correct grammatically and you cross all t’s and dot the i’s.
So please, return the gown, stop the party, and welcome to the real world, graduant!

Yours Truly,

Michael the Passionpreneur.

Author: pblafrica
Passionate about personal branding and entrepreneurship. Wana be influence!

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