Beyond Certificates

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Beyond Certificates

By chance, I met a lady. She had graduated for some years but had no job. It was during the lockdown and plenty people were battling with mental stress. I thought to help some people declutter their mind by listening to their stories and possibly offer counselling where needed. Soon, a tweet was up for anyone who was interested in speaking with me. There were few responses including hers. We booked appointment, discussed with possible action plans. 

She began implementation shortly after, then got her first ever call for interview. Because of a question she didn’t answer well, she lost the job offer. Well, we made progress because she implemented some of the action plans. Then no call for interview again. I called her up, we discussed but this time, she said, “I am sorry, I can’t carry out this action plan. Anywhere I will work must pay me.” That meant she had no job offer for months. In closing, she said, “I am stubborn and that is my major problem.”

Beyond your certificates and certifications, you will need to learn more things that have nothing to do with intelligence quotient. They are mainly attitudinal, behavioral and people management skills. In summary, you will need to learn about emotional intelligence. It is the oil that lubricates human interaction and engagements. Many people have certificates perhaps with better results than you do but emotional skills would distinguish you from the pack.

These skills would help you in networking with people that could be your plugs for job opportunities. They could tell you which course or certification would help better or position you for placements. However, if you lack the basics of emotional intelligence, you may take their counsel for granted.

Finally, beyond your qualifications, you may need to volunteer your services, apply as an intern or even as an apprentice. Whichever legal way you can get into your choice organization, do it. That will build your profile, give you experience and make you a prospective employee, better than a fresh applicant. Beyond your certificates, get more people skills and aim for the moon.

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©Olusola John

 

 


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