ASUU also referred to as Academic Staff Union of Universities is a Nigerian union of universities’ academic staff. The union was established in 1978 and like a reoccurring decimal, the Nigerian undergraduate is usually faced with the nightmare of ASUU Nationwide strike. However, it is possible to make productive use of the break.
As a youth, time is precious and is best viewed as a raw material – a resource that can be invested to guarantee a successful future. Here are ways to make good use of the unexpected break that often comes from ASUU strike.
Attend Training, Seminars, Symposia
It is still unclear how long this strike action will last, nevertheless, it will be a wise move to attend courses, seminars and other gatherings where valuable knowledge is shared. Beyond the knowledge on offer, it is also a perfect place to network, meet like-minded, ambitious and upwardly mobile youths. Go online and search for one that suits.
Sign Up For Internships
Internships are a sure way to get your foot in the door of any industry. Upon graduation, you will have to come to terms with employers always asking for the experience even when it’s obvious you need a job to get one.
Look for a firm (or firms) you admire and offer your “services” for free. Companies rarely turn down this kind of offer. Plus you get to gain experience, build relationships and networks that will surely come in handy after graduation.
Acquire A Skill
The Nigerian economy is gradually becoming heavily reliant on the organized private sector as providers of jobs and opportunities.
These employers are more inclined to look for competence and skill. For instance, a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate will find it handy to attach himself to a “road-side mechanic” for the next few weeks and hopefully learn the actual nitty-gritty involved in his chosen field.
The skill acquired must not be linked to course of study. It might be an economically smart move to learn some fashion designing, photography or landscaping.
As a young person, travelling is as much education as studying. As much as your finances can afford, this might be the time to explore new cultures, ideas and people.
Don’t just embark on a meaningless journey, endeavour to plan, and set goals you intend to achieve as a result of the trip. If possible, plan a discovery trip with friends.
Have As much Educative Fun As Possible
Don’t worry, we are not referring to your school books, (doesn’t mean that’s a bad idea) but the reality is that there is a whole lot more to knowledge than your core discipline. Concentrating on your field is fine, but focusing completely on it can make you myopic and one-dimensional in your outlook towards life.
Explore the depths of knowledge, get to know a bit of world history, politics, philosophy and everything in between that interests you. Consciously invest in yourself and you will return back to campus a better version of you.
Learn A New Language
Sounds like the last thing you want to do during ASUU strike but rather than getting stuck at home while on strike you may consider learning a new whether foreign or local language such as German, Chinese, Italian, French, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo etc. This will help you challenge yourself to try new things while helping you uncover hidden passion. Meanwhile, learning any of the foreign languages will take your career to another level, giving you an edge to possibly work with foreign companies in Nigeria and beyond.
It is a great idea to stay healthy and fight the holiday bulge by hitting the gym or having a regular exercise routine. You could create your own routine like running a mile under 10 minutes, holding a plank for 3 minutes, doing 30 push-ups in 60 seconds, 30 sit-ups for 60 minutes or 10 pull-ups in 50 seconds. This will not only make you feel better when you resume school but also feel strong throughout the session. You might also use the strike period to enjoy nature like going for a hike, picnic, visiting a reserve, or taking photographs of nature beauties – these things won’t be a bad idea.
Take Online Course
You can take an online course during the strike period. There are thousands of courses you could consider. You could opt for one that teaches about finance and its management. Also, you may consider completing a do-it-yourself project on Youtube.
In all, you can learn new skills like baking or even volunteer during this period if everything else on the list isn’t in the best of your interest.