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7 Principles for Fresh Graduates from African Universities

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While formal schooling is an important advantage, it is not a guarantee of success nor is its absence a fatal handicap.” – Ray Kroc (1902)

It is so unfortunate that we have continued to live by the same rules in this age. Things have changed. Everything is changing. But our ‘Formal Education’ system producing fresh graduates has not changed. We use the same curriculum, same teaching materials and teaching methods.

Before now we were talking about unemployment, now we are talking about unemployability. Companies now realize that four plus X years of tertiary education, irrespective of the grades acquired, does not still fully prepare young people for the labor market. Yet, the system that produces such poor quality manpower has not been changed.

Well, I don’t intend to waste all the time looking at the ills in our educational system. I only want to pass a message across to fresh graduates. If you are one, congratulations!. But this is no time to party around. You have entered a new phase of your life that your years of formal education have not adequately prepared you for. There are new rules you must learn or you would be grounded. I will try to help you out a little. Here are seven principles that will help you maximize this season.

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Principles for fresh graduates

1. They say life is a journey. Actually, the real journey begins after school, and sometimes it could be rough. So be prepared for challenges.

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2. Don’t wait till you are told that you are no longer entitled to allowances or pocket money. By now, you should be able to take care of yourself. Or at least, try to.

3. Eventually, you will leave school with only two or three friends. The remaining are classmates (or school mates). Learn to differentiate the two. By the way, everyone has his/her own calendar, so never compare yourself with anyone.

4. Your parents must have told you: Go to school, get good grades so you can get a good job. Sorry, that is old school. It will do you a lot of good to get some business sense and learn how to create additional streams of income so you don’t get hooked in the rat race.

5. You have just graduated from the U-ni-ver-sity, but learning never stops. Don’t be surprised if the bulk of your learning falls outside your course of study. And if you do not know how to read good books, you are already outdated.

6. In case you don’t know, certificate is common everywhere. Have you thought of the number of people who read your course and are also graduating this year from various institutions across the globe? The distinguishing factor is your Vision and what you have in your brain.

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Principles for fresh graduates

7. You might have sailed through school’s hurdles by simply being diligent and abiding by the rules. That is not sufficient here. In life you may have to pass through the wilderness and sometimes the valley of the shadow of death. It takes knowing God to win life’s battles and be successful in your endeavors.

In case, you find these principles too difficult to follow, you can take a shortcut – Go back to school and don’t come out till you are more prepared. I guess that is a lot easier.


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Otoaye Godfrey Martins, an author and a public speaker, is the CEO of PrelMedia Communications Limited, the publishers of Business Investment Tabloid, the host of Entrepreneurship Campaign and Awareness Tour and the founder of African Communities of Entrepreneurs Network. He is an innovative serial entrepreneur with interests in tech and start-up developments. Otoaye Godfrey Martins, a specialist in management, business development, project management and consulting, is an advocate for financial and entrepreneurship education. He is also a social media strategist, a global commentator, a political and an economic analyst.

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How Entrepreneurs Can Spot Opportunities In COVID-19 Pandemic?

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Notwithstanding the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, entrepreneurs need to confront another reality: that it isn’t just a gigantic clean and wellbeing crisis influencing millions, or even billions, of individuals across the world. This is likewise inciting an extraordinary plunge in the worldwide economy. But there are opportunities in covid-19 crisis.

The public authority, general wellbeing and financial reactions are immensely extraordinary on the off chance that you are a business person. As business originators, you will likewise require totally different activity designs set up contingent upon your area and industry.

On the off chance that you are in web-based shopping, food conveyance, video gaming or video conferencing ventures, where the business is as of now blasting, it’s a totally unexpected picture in comparison to in the event that you are maintaining a business in the lodging, café, retail, amusement, or sports enterprises.

Those entrepreneurs in COVID affected areas should be prepared to lose half to 80% of their turnover, just as a significant part of their market esteem.

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Spotting opportunities in covi-19

Where would entrepreneurs be able to discover opportunities in covid-19?

Opportunities in covid-19 are all over — entrepreneurs need to realize how to remember them to hold onto them.

Prior to diving into market research, ask yourself this inquiry first: “What do individuals need during a wellbeing and monetary crisis?” The main pieces of information are in the words “wellbeing” and “financial.” Then ask yourself, “What aptitudes do I have? What aptitudes do I need or need to learn?”

To begin revealing the requirements of the market, go on the web! There are such countless extraordinary instruments accessible to help check what the market needs. Yet, continue with alert. We actually don’t have an away from of what the enduring effects of the pandemic and monetary aftermath will be, yet entrepreneurs can begin little and scale as they see accomplishment in their new specialty.

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Here is a snappy rundown of where to contemplate the market to reveal opportunities in covid-19 pandemic:

  • Google Search Trends
  • News Reports
  • Economic Reports
  • Climate Reports
  • Health Reports
  • International Trade Deals
  • Emerging Global Markets
  • Technology Acceleration and Innovation
  • Local Government Resources and Grants

Seeing how organizations and governments move can serve to ensure you actually and monetarily as we as a whole explore unknown waters. Likewise, with any venture opportunity, entrepreneurs should have enough monetary assets to develop while controlling the outpourings and boosting their inflows of income to endure.

As we see today, any business that gives an answer for help keep the lives of the populace running while they stay in segregation is a demonstrated plan of action that works.

Here is a fast rundown, in no specific request, of the top items and administrations where cash is at present streaming:

  • Masks, Personal Protective Equipment, Hand Sanitizers, Temperature Devices, etc.
  • Home Essentials and Improvement
  • Hospitals, Medical Laboratories, Pharmacy
  • Home and Food Delivery Services
  • Grocery Stores, Tech/Office Product Retail
  • Blogging, Influencer and Digital Marketing
  • Online Education and Virtual Services
  • Website Design, Coding, Software as a service (SaaS)
  • Curriculum Design,Professional Writing, Editing,
  • Logistics and Transportation Companies
  • Trash Collection, Laundry Services, Landscaping
  • Hardware Stores
  • Security Services
  • Utility Services
  • Janitorial, Cleaning and Disinfecting Services
  • Pet Products and Services
  • Home Beauty
  • Entertainment and Gaming
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An opportunity to search for opportunities in covid-19 is currently. With any additional time, a business visionary can chip away at reconstructing a site, make new frameworks, converse with clients, overhaul hardware and make new item contributions. Another proposal is to exploit distant work. It is more secure, more profitable and can accompany more pay and more noteworthy way of life adaptability.

Each crisis is an opportunity

Remember that the absolute generally troublesome or fascinating organizations have been made and took off during seasons of crisis.

It is in every case great business practice to tune in to what your clients need to reveal opportunities from inside a current business. Entrepreneurs who effectively study the market will have a preferred position in taking advantage of lucky breaks in the steadily changing scene of our economy.

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The numbers can be scary but there are opportunities in covid-19

After the COVID-19 crisis the exercises to learn are:

More restricted travel of products and individuals, eminently business explorers (more far off working and far off gatherings) because of the effect of physical removing necessities. We should factor in future clean emergencies or even new battles because of worldwide congestion.

The possible development in “dematerialization” of items and administrations: for instance, we could observer a blast in 3D printers to create covers and ventilators in every nation.

Greater readiness incorporate dynamic: for instance, we’ve seen organizations like Apple changing their activities essentially overnight to configuration, produce and boat face shields for medical specialists.

The ease item sourcing model, where China and India are the world’s producers, will be finished. Globalization too. This crisis will change the connections among nations and states: introducing new difficulties, new stakes, new perils, new dangers (wellbeing and atmosphere).

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Governments should, and will, request to be free and self-ruling concerning basic medical supplies and medicines. We can figure out how Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan have quickly contained COVID-19, however, their populaces are prepared to acknowledge individual following and facial acknowledgment innovations which are not yet worthy in different social orders (a lot of Europe for example). A world less open and, presumably, less free is not out of the ordinary.

With virus control prone to continue in numerous pieces of the globe, we’ll see without a doubt better approaches for life delivering new necessities, which will thus make new opportunities for entrepreneurs. Some new plans of action, new proposals around dematerialization, should be imagined.

In the coming years, the new lord of the world will be the “Amazon of dematerialization”. Also, it will be the entrepreneurs who will execute this new world.

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