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An Open Letter To College Graduates Seeking To Thrive In Volatile Economy In Tanzania And Africa.

Dear Graduates,

After spending over 16 years to achieve academic qualification you are now leaving a life as a student and entering a real world as an adult

Welcome to the real world where grade(A,b, C) isn’t an actual measurement of the success. Is your ability to live those A, B, C that counts.

As an adult, you don’t have a teacher who will burden you with assignments and test. You don’t have a grade to make. And nobody will push you to sit in the classroom. And your life isn’t divided into semesters.

You are in charge of your own life.

The good news is that perfect job for you is out there. The fact is we are unsure where exactly it is.

1.You Are Your Own Boss
You might feel you are unemployed. But you have job to do. And your first job is finding a job.
You are now self-employed. You don’t have a supervisor to report to. You are not accountable to anyone but yourself.

And your job is the searching for the job. So take your new job seriously. Manage your time wells, minimize the time you spend time on social media or phone chatting with a friend. Work up early in the morning, dress professionally as you would like to appear to your potential employer.

Start your working day. Make a list of a company you would like to work for. Ask for the informational interview. And ask support from friends and family who will encourage you to you while you are searching for the job.

Avoid negative people who will discourage you and keep your morale for job searching low.

When things go wrong it is very easy to blame family or system. But never blame anybody when you encounter such situation.

There is a saying “ blame means lame” You are an adult. You are in charge of your life Your. So It’s up to you.

2.Rejection Isn’t Personal.
In some cases, you may be rejected for the reasons beyond your control. Successful candidates may have relatives in the management structure of the company or they have more experience in the similar position than you.

At that point, you might feel the world is against you. But never give up. You are about to reach your mountaintop.

Never feel overwhelmed when someone says No to your request. Maybe your request has come at a bad time or your goals don’t align with them.
Remind yourself anything worth having, takes time and efforts. So you will receive a job offer after several attempts.

3.Life Isn’t a Race
We trained to compete with each other at schools. Our parents and teachers told us about the intense competition for the entry to top university. So they encouraged us to earn high grades. So as to outperform the competition and secure places for the courses of our choices.

But in the real world, you are not in competition with anyone. If all you want is to compete with others, chances are you will be a big loser.

But if all you want is achieving your career success, then focusing on becoming better and improving your skills. Success isn’t a race.
A little competition is wonderful. But compete and compare with others are severe problems.

4.Isn’t where you start but where you finish counts
Don’t be shy about unpaid opportunities because you never know where the future holds.

Ask for the volunteer opportunities. Never feel down to start your career as a waiter in the restaurant. There is no rule on the earth that deny a petroleum engineer graduate to work at a restaurant. Many successful restaurant owners they were once waiters. So it ‘not where you start but where you finish counts

5.You have never Graduate
If you think the learning stopped the moment you left the college, chances are, you may be a big loser. To cope with the turbulence economy, you need to be the lifelong students. Continuous learning is a key to your career and personal success. Resolve yourself to learn new things every,

6.The rule has changed

The formula for career success has dramatically changed recent years. The traditional formula for career success was “focus” All career coaches, chancellors and teachers advised graduates to focus on one career.

And the one who tried to diversify. They viewed as a loser. But in today’s unemployment reality the rule has changed. The happiest professionals. I have met are the one who has multiple careers. So if one industry crashes, you have a safety in other industry. If your skills are limited only to one industry, I recommend you get training or certification on the transferable skills which serve well in a world of increasing complexity and technological advance.

Think about mining engineering graduates, they are only limited to the mining sector. Once the mining industry meltdown, chances are, they have limited employment options to other industries.

To stand out, get certification or training to the skills that offer job requirement to many industries. In that regard mining, engineer graduates may get training in skills like welding, mechanics, plumbing and so on.

7.We are in Global Economy.
We are in global economy. For the companies to compete in today’s unpredictable economy, should get their cost down. And one of their major costs is employee compensation. That is a reason, companies announce lay off thousands of employees in a bad economy. So if you are lucky to find a job, never rely only on your firm. Employment is only one means of income generation. To stand out, Save 10 percent of the amount you earn and generate multiple income streams. That way you will thrive in dark days when human resources will suddenly lay you off.

8.Expand Your Network,
Networking is the best way to find a job in any industry. Job listings tend to draw thousands of applicants, which put you in intense competition with all those people.

Networking makes you a recommended member of much, much smaller group. Resume and cover letter alone are too impersonal. To expand your network, join club and association attend the events and conferences.
Remember networking is all about helping others. The network is giving and take.

Dear graduate, Welcome to the civilian world and let start learn and live our grades (A, B, Cs)
If you find these guidelines useful leave your comment below. I would love to hear your thought.
If you have any questions, call my mobile (+255655376543) Or feel free to reach out to me via Hussein.boffu@tanzaniapetroleum.com. I read all the emails.

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Updated: February 27, 2018 — 12:05 PM
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