Our heads are high in the air. Our hopes disarm the sky. We deserve the best after our endeavours and our vow is to disallow anything capable of hunching our backs and bringing our faces down.
We are actually on our way to secure our dream jobs. We are almost perfect in our black formal suits and shoes to match. Our briefcases are almost burdened with the necessary documents.
We are two fresh graduates who fancy billionaires and whose impulse at the moment is how to make big money, make some business investments and watch ourselves grow to become young billionaires and probably secure a place among the world’s top ten richest.
We hanker to rub shoulders with Dangote of Africa or even Jeff Bezos of USA and to get there, we are not really going to work with what we got from some of the farewell words from our friend, mentor and lecturer, Dr Gregory Nwaku, who said, “The problem with fresh graduates is that they waste a lot of time in idleness waiting for big share of the national cake, ” the big job”. Many of them find it hard to stoop low and engage themselves in low jobs or self establish.”
He had looked at us eye ball to eye ball, one after another and said, “Never ever do that. Grab any job available. Put body and soul together and then keep searching for the big one. If possible Farm, trade, get skills like repairs, plumbing, wiring, and so on. just fix yourself somewhere and never ever depend on anybody to solve your financial needs now,”
“Our hopes are high sir, we are optimistic, ” Ikedi said.
“Well well well! I’m impressed by your optimism but I bet you will soon discover that there’s a lot of competition in the job market. A lot. So your school performance will not matter much but what can be able contribute to the company. The more working experience you have, the better chance you have of hitting the big position.”
It’s alright sir, we’ll commit that to mind.” I said.
“You just have to start from somewhere, get some work experience, get something in your pocket and look out for bigger opportunities,”
“Thanks for your advice sir.” We said those words to bring the section to an end and at the same time show gratitude and appreciation – a pretended one for when both of us were out of his earshot, we laughed it over especially the part about grabbing low jobs, farming and trading. That will never happen. Wee didn’t go to the Uni- to spend five years only to be identified with farming and petty trading. We read Electrical Engineering, with flying colours and even goats and fowls know where we should fit in.
I have my 2nd class Upper and Ikedi my friend walks head high, chest out, with his 1st class honours. What will ever stop us.We are positively proud. Again, we deserve the best. The best should be our reward and as we step into Altoe Sert Company Limited, our hopes are high. Certainty has already been stappled to our minds. We’re walking away with our jobs today.