Life After College

As I check my FACEBOOK page recently, I saw some pictures of logging out, NYSC loading, Another of life. I had a throwback of when I was writing my last semester exam. Then, a question I was asked when I had my best white polo signed by my college mate came to mind; WHAT NEXT AFTER COLLEGE?. Now, if you just graduated recently, am asking you same question.

Let me share some of my personal experience with you. Reflecting on my last four years, I also can’t help but wonder if I took full advantage of my college education to adequately prepare myself for the real world. I can’t help but panic over the uncertainty in the job market and economy.

As a mathematics major, I avoided all business-related classes and cringed at the thought of…., yet becoming well-rounded is a necessary quality in the real world. Adjusting to college is a huge step, and I understand that it may be difficult to see things in the long run or visualize the bigger picture, but take my advice and try to branch out of your comfort zone to expand your skills.

For instance, I wish I had taken the initiative to enroll in a basic personal finance course, actuarial maths course, computer course, no matter how boring it sounds. Programming, insurance, loans, interest, etc., all seemingly self-explanatory terms are tossed around in everyday conversation, yet I feel my knowledge is severely limited in such a fundamental area. The biggest survival skill post-graduation will be how to live within my means, stay practical and pay off debt. If classes like this are ever offered, take advantage of them, because it will pay off in the long run and make the leap into the real world much more manageable.

Along with learning how to save and invest, try to take an economics course. With one caveat, many economic courses may teach students the typical business model without addressing the economy from a global perspective or addressing the economic crisis. Flexibility is another key skill for college students, for the culture is always changing, thus impacting the business model and corporate culture as well.

It is a tough realization, but a college degree does not automatically translate into a job. Experience and involvement are just as important, if not more important than high grades. While the significance of grades depends on your major and what you intend to do after your undergraduate years, they don’t mean anything if you do not know how to effectively communicate with others. This is why classes focusing on negotiation, management and interpersonal skills are a good idea to look into regardless of your major curriculum.

Finally, take advantage of your school’s career center and alumni network. As I mentioned, communication and interpersonal skills are imperative, so start practicing your networking skills, and be sure to maintain those contacts even after you graduate.

Transferable skills are essential when for recent graduates, so begin looking at the grand scheme of things as soon as you step foot on campus, constantly aware of life after graduation, especially in the area of personal finance and time management. After all, college is about finding that balance between work and play, and by discovering this element of life early on, you will be far more prepared to enter the real world than you may realize.

 

 

 

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Apply for 2015 Agip Scholarships for Undergraduate Nigerian Students

Brief description: The Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited is offering Agip 2014/2015 Tertiary Institutions Scholarship Awards Scheme for Undergraduate Nigerian 100 level Students

Accepted Subject Areas?

Only candidates studying Engineering Scholarships, Geology and Geosciences are eligible for the National Merit Award.

For the Host Community merit Award (for students from Bayelsa, Delta, Imo and Rivers states,) other fields of study may be considered.

About Scholarship

Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited (NAOC) Joint Venture in pursuance of its Community Development Programme invites suitably qualified candidates for its 2014/2015 Tertiary Institutions Scholarship Awards Scheme.

Categories of Awards

  • Host Communities Merit Award: For applicants strictly from NAOC host communities
  • National Merit Award: For applicants from non-host communities

 Scholarship Offered Since: Not specified

Scholarship Type: Agip Scholarships for Undergraduate Nigerian Students

Eligibility

To qualify for consideration, applicants MUST be:

  • Registered Full TIME undergraduates in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions
  • Certified 100 level students at the time of application

NOTE: The following categories of students should NOT apply:

  • 200 level students and above
  • Current beneficiaries of similar awards from other companies and agencies
  • Dependants of employees of NAOC, AENR and NAE

Number of Scholarships: Several

What are the benefits? Monetary financial aid

Duration of Scholarship: As determined by the sponsor

Eligible Countries: Nigerian Students

To be taken at (country): Nigerian tertiary institutions

Application Deadline: application is open from February 9 to close receipt of e-application on March 9, 2015.

Offered annually? Yes

How to Apply

1. Before you start this application, ensure you have clear scanned copies of the following documents

      • Passport photograph with white background not more than 3 months old (450px by 450px not more than 200kb)
      • School ID card
      • Admission letter
      • Birth certificate
      • Proof of Local Government Area of Origin
      • JAMB Result

2. Ensure the documents are named according to what they represent to avoid mixing up documents during upload3. Ensure you attach the appropriate documents when asked to upload

For further information on how to apply for this scholarship, visit the scholarship application page – scholastica.ng/schemes/naocscholarships

Sponsors: Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited (NAOC), Operator of the NNPC/NAOC/Phillips Joint Venture

An Aptitude Test for the applicants in both Categories of Award will be conducted at centers in the following cities:

  1. Port Harcourt
  2. Omoku
  3. Yenagoa
  4. Asaba
  5. Lagos
  6. Owerri
  7. Abuja

Please ensure you understand the Instructions carefully before you start application to avoid errors and disqualification.

 

18 Signs You’ve Found Your Soulmate

Spiritually speaking, it is said that even before you were born, the name of your spiritual half has been determined. Each soul has a perfect match… your soulmate.

Although most people think of a soulmate as a perfect harmonious union of bliss, your true spiritual soulmate is the person who is intended to help you “complete yourself.”

Jerry McGuire was right – soul mates complete each other. A person is unable to complete his mission in life alone. Everyone needs someone to help them become a better person. This is not always a blissful experience.

Being in an honest, sincere, and committed soulmate relationship helps you to become a better version of yourself. You have to push yourself beyond your comfort zone, beyond your limits to find your better self.

Even though we tend to think of soul mates as a symbiotic union; soulmate relationships can be rough at the beginning. They can be like two jagged edged puzzle pieces trying to click into place. Sometimes it looks like you do not fit together at all, but soon after a little bit of twisting, turning, and flipping the pieces around, you feel the moment of the perfect click. It’s a feeling deep in your soul, that says, this is the right one.

Often soulmates appear in disguise. You might not be physically attracted to each other when you first meet, but there is a mysterious force pushing you forward that tells you this is “the right one” for you.

You have a personal checklist of everything you want in a partner. Tall- check. Dark hair (no curls please)-check. Blondes only-check. 6 pack abs- check. Or you can be like Jerry Seinfeld who knows his date is not “the one” because she eats her peas one at a time.

So, if you are brave enough to move away from your romance checklist, open your eyes and your heart to unexpected possiblities, you might just be one of the lucky ones who finds their true soul match.

You know you’ve found your soulmate when:
1. You just know it.

Something deep inside tells you this is the perfect one for you. It’s as if there is a spiritual force pushing you to let go of everything you previously expected and to give of yourself completely.
2. You have crossed paths before.

Soulmates have met each other and a previous time. You may not have connected, but you were in the same place, at the same time. Before my husband and I met, we lived across the street from each other and worked across the street from each other. Yet we never met until the time was right.
3. Your souls meet at the right time.

Each person has to be ready to receive the soul connection. Even though my husband and I were in close proximity of each other for many years, we did not meet until the time was right for both of us. You have to be prepared to meet your soulmate. It could be that you have to go through a relationship that doesn’t work out, or that you’re not ready to ditch your “perfect person checklist,” but when it comes to soulmates- timing is everything.
4. Your quiet space is a peaceful place.

Being quiet together is comforting like a fluffy down blanket on a cold winter night. Whether you are reading in the same room, or driving in the car, there’s a quiet peace between you.
5. You can hear the other person’s silent thoughts.

With soulmates, there is such depth to your relationship that you can feel and hear what your partner is thinking, even if it is not verbally expressed.
6. You feel each other’s pain.

You stand in each other’s shoes. You know each other so well, that the second he walks in the door, you can tell how his day was. You feel each other’s feelings: sadness, worry, and stress. And you share each other’s happiness and joy.
7. You know each other’s flaws and the benefits in them.

Yes, it’s true. Our flaws have benefits. Every trait has a positive as well as a negative side. It’s the task of each person to always look for the good, even when things don’t look so good. There is usually a benefit to each flaw. Stubborn people are good decision makers. Overly organized people are great at paying bills on time.
8. You share the same life goals.

You’re both on the same page with values, ethics, and goals. You may have a different way of reaching those goals, but you both want the same end result.
9. You’re not afraid of having a conversation.

Conversations can be challenging. Expressing concerns or attempting to make decisions is uncomfortable. Soulmates know that if they join together, they will be able to work it out.
10. You are not threatened by the need for alone time.

Whether it’s tennis three times a week or girls’ night out, you respect each other’s need for independence, knowing that when you get together, your time alone is special.
11. You don’t experience jealousy.

Pretty girls at the office or handsome personal trainers aren’t a threat to your relationship. You are secure knowing that you are the only one.
12. You respect each other’s differences and opinions.

You know you have different opinions. Often soulmates are polar opposite. At times this is challenging. These are the times when you are being forced to let the other person complete you. You still have your own opinion, but instead of agreeing to disagree, there is a deep level of respect for each other. You listen and honor the differences.
13. You don’t scream, curse, or threaten each other with divorce.

Of course you feel the anger. People unintentionally hurt each other. But soulmates aren’t nasty, hurtful, or punitive.
14. You give in because you want to make your partner happy.

Giving can often occur in unhealthy, co-dependent, or abusive relationships. But soulmates give to each other for the sole purpose of making each other happy.
15. You know how to apologize.

It’s not easy to say “I’m sorry” or admit that you did something that hurt the person you love. Soulmates realize that their actions or words cause harm. Even if they feel justified in their point of view, if their partner was hurt by it, they can easily apologize for the harm they have caused.
16. You would marry each other again.

You know this is the one and only one for you. Even through the tough times, you would choose your partner again. You feel a sense of pride in your partner.
17. You complete each other.

Yes, I’m sorry to say it but, your partner fills in your blanks. No person is perfect. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. Soulmates complete each other. It’s the yin and yang of perfect harmony. One person may be the extrovert, while one is the introvert. One may be social, while the other a homebody. Soulmates are often opposite that are attracted to a person who has their missing pieces.
18. Being in each other’s arms washes away all your stress, worries, and anxiety.

There is no place you’d rather be at the end of the day but in each other’s arms. If you had a rough day filled with disagreements, a fight with your boss or if you missed the train, whatever happened is gone the second you cuddle up together. There is a warmth in your heart, an inner peace you can feel. No words need to be spoken. All that exists is the silent, blissful union of two souls together. Two souls that were meant to be together eternally.

 

A Quick Test To See Whether You Are An Introvert, Extrovert Or Ambivert

These days introverts has become a hot topic. Have you wondered which type you belong to? According to psychologist Carl Jung, introversion-extroversion is not a continuum that people only demonstrate qualities of one type. Instead, many of us have qualities of both sides, the point is which one is more dominant. Let’s see whether you’re an introvert, extrovert or ambivert in the following test!

1. What do you usually do at home?
Watching movies
Surfing the net
Self-talk and recalling memories
Sleeping
2. Which is the best way to celebrate your birthday?
Going out with your closest family members or friends
Holding a birthday party at home with your loved ones
Staying at home and not wanting people to remember your birthday
Working as usual
3. How do you feel in big crowds?
Bored
Annoyed
Calm
Excited
4. Which ride do you prefer?
Ferris wheel
Roller coaster
Swings
Drop Tower
5. What would you do right after exam period?
Do part-time job
Hang out with friends
Sleep
Go back home and enjoy yourself
6. Usually what kinds of food do you choose at restaurants?
The ones that you’ve tried before and are confident in
New things you’ve never tried before
The recommended ones
I choose them randomly
7. What would you do if a stranger wants to take a photo with you?
I’ll be a bit scared and hesitate for a while
I’ll gladly accept that and chit-chat with him/her
I’ll walk away immediately
I’ll ask what’s his/her intention and then decide
8. Which activity do you prefer?
Reading
Exploring a new place
Playing games
Shopping
9. What’s your usual role in social events?
The one who starts conversation
The one who always want to speak but has no chance
The one who stays quiet most of the time
The one who speaks not too often but will let others know your existence
10. What would you do when you admire someone?
Praise him/her in person immediately
Text him/her to show your appreciation afterwards
Put that in your heart secretly
Tell your friends you admire him/her

 

$50,000 OPEC/OFID Scholarship Awards 2015/2016 for Developing Countries – How to Apply

Scholarship Name: The OPEC Fund for International Development – OFID Scholarship Award

Brief description: The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) will offer $50,000 scholarship awards to students from member developing countries pursuing their master’s degree in 2015/2016

Accepted Subject Areas: The Scholarship is open to those students who wish to pursue studies in a relevant field of Development or Energy Studies such as: economics of development (poverty reduction, energy and sustainable development), environment (desertification), or other related science and technology fields.

About Scholarship

OFID (The OPEC Fund for International Development) Scholarship Award sponsors outstanding young students from developing countries through graduate studies in a development-related discipline.OFID Scholarship Award

OFID (The OPEC Fund for International Development) is pleased to announce that qualified applicants who have obtained or are on the verge of completing their undergraduate degree and who wish to study for a Master’s degree are welcome to apply for the OFID Scholarship 2015/2016.

OFID scholarships will be awarded to four students or candidates for master’s degree studies. Applicants must be from a developing country (except OFID Member Countries),  and he/she must first obtain admission to pursue a Master’s degree studies in a relevant field of development, from any recognized university/college in the world.

Through its scholarship scheme, OFID aims to help highly motivated, highly driven individuals overcome one of the biggest challenges to their careers – the cost of graduate studies. The winners of the OFID Scholarship Award will receive a scholarship of up to US$50,000. The funds will be spread over a maximum of two years, toward the completion of a Master’s degree, or its equivalent, at an accredited educational institution, starting in the autumn of the academic year 2015/2016.

Scholarship Offered Since: Not Specified

Scholarship Type: Full masters scholarship

Selection Criteria

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications will be evaluated based on the information provided. Therefore, all questions should be answered as thoroughly as possible. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed on it.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the OFID Masters Scholarship, applicants:

  • Must be between the ages of 23-32 at the time of submitting his/her application.
  • Must have obtained or be on the verge of completing their undergraduate degree with a Baccalaureate from an accredited college/university, or its equivalent.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 rating system, or its equivalent.
  • Must be matriculated at an accredited university for the upcoming academic year starting August/September 2015, and must maintain full-time status for the duration of the Master’s Degree.
  • Must be a national of a developing country (except OFID Member Countries)
  • Must select a subject of study that pertains to OFID’s core mission, such as: economics of development (poverty reduction, energy and sustainable development), environment (desertification), or other related science and technology fields.

How Many Scholarship Positions are available? Four

Scholarship Benefits

The winners of the OFID Scholarship Award will receive a full tuition scholarship of up to US$50,000. The funds will be spread over a maximum of one year, toward the completion of a Master’s degree, or its equivalent, at an accredited educational institution, starting in the autumn of the academic year 2012

How long will sponsorship last? For the duration of one masters degree programme

Eligible African Countries: See the list of eligible developing countries for OFID Masters scholarship from the link below

To be taken at (country): Any recognized University in any part of the world

Application Deadline: is May 8, 2015.

Offered annually? Yes

How to Apply

Applicants must complete the online application.

Within the on-line application, applicants must upload the required documents as listed below in Section III. All materials including the on-line application, recommendations, and other required information must be received no later than the deadline date.

Required Documents

  • A completed on-line application form.
  • A scanned copy of the applicant’s passport.
  • A scanned copy of the last university degree or certificate.
  • A scanned letter of acceptance from chosen educational institution, confirming your admission, subject of study and duration of the Master’s degree program (must not exceed one year).
  • A proof of meeting any prerequisites, including language proficiency.
  • A short essay – of about 500 words in English – giving reasons for applying for the OFID scholarship, explaining your educational goals, and clearly describing how you will use the experience gained from your Master’s degree studies to help in the development of your home country.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors and/or lecturers at applicant’s present university.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Application Guidelines

  • STEP 1: Ensure that you fulfill the OFID Scholarship Award Eligibility Criteria.
  • STEP 2: Register within the OFID Scholarship Portal by using your email address. Please note you can log onto the portal as many times as required before finally submitting the application.
  • STEP 3: Fill out the application form. Make sure to save data each time you update your application. Once you are logged in, if the page remains inactive for more than two hours, your session will time-out and you may lose unsaved data. Do not submit your application until you have completed the entire application process!
  • STEP 4: Upload necessary documents; CV, two recommendation letters, Bachelor’s certificate/transcript, acceptance letter into postgraduate program and essay.
  • STEP 5: When your application is complete, and all additional documents are uploaded, your application is ready to be submitted. Once your application is submitted, you can no longer make any changes or upload any more documents.

Only the winner will be notified by June 15, 2015 via OFID website at http://www.ofid.org.

Visit Scholarship Webpage  for more details

Sponsors: The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)

NOTICE: Unilag Hostel Registration Extended

We hereby inform all returning students that consequent upon the recently declared public holiday,the registration window for bed space allocation is hereby extended till Friday, 9th of January 2015, and only students who are fully registered for 2014/2015 academic session as at this date will be eligible to ballot for accommodation.

Please note that the accommodation fee is N24,500. Ensure that you set it aside now as you will have limited period to pay. The specific date for balloting exercise will be announced shortly.

Lautech Notice Regarding 2015 NYSC Batch A Mobilization

Lautech has issued a notice to all 2013/2014 graduates concerning their NYSC mobilization that is to come up later this year. All students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology that has competed their degree progammes in the school are hereby informed to take note of this important piece of information.

This is inform all eligible graduates of lautech who may wish to participate in the 2015 NYSC Batch ‘A’ Service, to please come to the Student Affairs Unit (Room 210), Senate Building, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, between 9:00a.m and 2:00p.m.
The affected graduates are:
(i) those who had completed their programmes and their results have been approved by the Senate; and
(ii) those who want to be re-mobilized, especially those who were initially mobilized but could not participate

Such students are to note that the exercise will close on January 30, 2015.