I made a 2:1 and I am unemployed...
So I am sitting on my bed pondering over what happened the other day with my staff. I employed her because she said she needed the job, even though I felt she was 'over qualified' for the job. I mean who has a 2:1 and works in a liquor store? Only in Nigeria. I made it my mission to help her find a better and more respectable job in a good firm, with the chance of career progression. On her CV, she studied accounting and made a 2:1. I spoke to a couple of people and in a week she got an interview with a reputable firm. I was certain she'd get the role...until the interviewer (and uncle) asked to see me the next day. The day after he interviewed her.
"The girl failed the interview big time. She couldn't even define accounting" He cried. "she is the dullest person I have ever interviewed in my entire life. I cant even make her an office assistant let alone a trainee accountant" I cringed in embarrassment. I mean what sort of person did that make me if I had a poor sense of judgement? I was furious! This is the sort of problem we face in Nigeria and yet people scream unemployment. It begs the question, how can someone so daft make a 2:1 in Accounting or even a 2:1 in applied gardening? if not for the appalling state of the Nigerian educational system. So how did she make her 2:1?
I remember someone in my department who made a 2:1 and when we went job hunting she was too frightened to go for the shell interview she was called for. Does it mean that only a handful of people in Nigeria today are truly deserving of impressive grades? For instance in some Universities I know of, the lecturers may deliberately mark you down unless he is bribed or unless you buy his hand-outs which you do not need. Some Nigerian citizens are quick to point their fingers at the government for underpaying lecturers and the poor state of the schools. But what about the students and their parents who fork out thousands of money so they can buy an impressive degree? Then later cannot defend the said degree to get a good paying job. Isn't it worrisome that most parents now send their children abroad for a better education? Even the Presidents, Governors and Minister's of education send their children out of Nigeria to study. About 50% of people I know have one or two foreign degrees because it's now the way forward and because of it's authenticity. Is anyone doing anything to turn this around?
Apparently a tiny number of employers in Nigeria are now more comfortable employing people who make a 3rd class (or someone with a foreign degree) or Pass as opposed to 2:1 as they know some people who make 2:1 now is because they can afford to 'block' or bribe their lecturers. So what hope is there for people who cannot send their children abroad or bribe their lecturers? What a shame!