5 Ways To Maximize Your Time At NYSC Camp

November 6, 2016

nysc-camp

By Nkem Ndem

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), an organization set up by the Nigerian government since 1973 to ensure Nigerian students give a mandatory one-year service upon graduation, recently posted names of those qualified to join the last batch of the programme for the year.

However, while these individuals are much elated to get the opportunity, seeing as completing the service year entitles one to employment, a number of them are perturbed as to how to cope with the three weeks ‘orientation’ period spent in a military-controlled boot ‘camp’ away from family and friends.

Jumia Travel, therefore, suggests 7 ways prospective youth corpers can maximize their time at the NYSC camp.

Join the OBS

The Orientation Broadcasting Service (OBS) is a great way to serve while in the camp. A very important unit of the camp, it will offer you opportunities to not only develop your editorial and media skills, you will get to know the key officers in the camp. It also gives you a measure of authority and allows you to get an exemption from some of the camp activities which you may be averse to.

Run a small business

You can actually make money while at the orientation camp. You can offer services such as hair dressing or laundry to others in the camp who need them for a fee or you can rent a stall at the Mami market and sell food items which most corpers need from day to day. It is a great way to hone your business skills before you are launched into the labour market.

Do an online course

The orientation period does not have to be all activities and socializing, you can further develop yourself on the side by registering and going through a short online course during your stay. The good thing about online learning is that it is flexible so you can actually plan it around the time that you will be leaving the camp.

Socialize and actually meet new people

The NYSC scheme was originally established to encourage oneness among citizens in the country and promote national unity. By sending these individuals to other states, the expectation is that they mix with people of other tribes, social and family backgrounds and learn the culture of the indigenes in the place they are posted. Rather than sticking to yourself all through the orientation process, use your spare time to actually fraternize and get to know the people in your platoon and camp as a whole. You would be surprised how many new things you will learn about Nigeria and what connections you may make for the future.

Start applying for jobs

The orientation period is not too early a time to start sending out your CVs to potential employers. The NYSC orientation can actually serve as an avenue for corpers to share job information and career resources, so take advantage of that and start early.

Nkem Ndem is a PR Associate at Jumia Travel.

Modupe Gbadeyanka

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

Leave a Reply

adams-oshiomhole-teachers
Previous Story

Edo To Employ New Teachers This Week

Next Story

Olawunmi’s Death Huge Blow To Yoruba Race—Ajimobi

Latest from Feature/OPED

Revitalizing Nigeria’s Economy

Revitalizing Nigeria’s Economy

By Kenechukwu Aguolu Once hailed as the “Giant of Africa” for its abundant resources and economic potential, Nigeria now faces numerous economic challenges. The
Nigeria's Civil Service

Transforming Nigeria’s Civil Service

By Kenechukwu Aguolu The civil service serves as the foundation of governance in any nation, entrusted with pivotal functions such as policy formulation, implementation,

Don't Miss