#Journey after school is a weekly series that captures Nigerian youths’ life, struggles, ease, unemployment, and employment opportunities after graduating from universities, polytechnics, and colleges.
Our interviewee is a young millionaire – he owns a startup company, and he is doing pretty well with life after school. He shares his school life experiences, his travails, and triumphs after school. Enjoy!
Can we meet you?
My name is Aribigbe Samuel; I’m a graduate of computer science and engineering at the University of Ibadan. I graduated in 2016 with a second class degree upper.
So, it’s been five years since you graduated. How has the journey after school been?
I wouldn’t say it’s five years; I would say it’s a rough journey of about three years. I could remember back then that many circumstances led us to have some extra years in school – the ASUU strike and some institutional problems. Along the line, we were able to graduate in 2018.
Wow, that’s another two years.
Yes. And, that has always been the case without Nigerian universities. Public universities, I must say. Most of them are underfunded, and many crises sprung up due to the government’s inability to fund the University and some internal problems.
It’s pathetic that there seems to be no solution to this budding issue because until about a month ago, public universities in Nigeria were still facing the same ASUU strike situation.
Let’s say you graduated in 2018 and finished with your service in 2019. Since about two years ago, how has the journey after school been?
Well, I must say it has been a rough patch. All glory to the Almighty. I have been doing fine; I’m doing pretty good right now. When I graduated in 2018, I went for service, and I finished with my NYSC in April 2019. In November 2019, I got a job at one of the top firms in Nigeria as an IT auditor; although I was a contract staff, the pay was pretty cool.
I noticed you used ‘was’; have you resigned from the place?
Yea, I did.
Why did you have to resign since the lay was pretty good?
I’m very ambitious, and I don’t see myself in that role for a very long time because it was a contract job. I was looking forward to being integrated into the company as a full staff member along the line, but then I saw the politics played, and I knew my best shot at getting a full-time job with the company is very slim.
So, I looked at the bigger picture, and I know I might not get to the height I have aimed if I remain in the role for a long time, coupled with the work stress, so I thought it was best I resigned.
How long did you work with the company before you resigned?
I worked there for over a year.
Are you satisfied with the decision to quit working there?
Yes, definitely. Because afterward, I went to different businesses. I own my own startup company, and I’m doing pretty cool. At Least within 2019 to now, I have saved up a few million, which might not be possible if I still work at the company.
What advice would you give to graduates who are still looking for a means of livelihood?
I’d say for the majority – plan for your future, know what you want, and be good to your dreams. I know getting the cost of starting up a business could be challenging. However, I’d say they should believe in themselves and be good to their dreams.