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The Graduate: What next after University?

After graduation, where do we go from here?

There used to be a false narrative that for anyone to be successful or take off in life, they should and must have a decent paying office job, something that has been debunked over and over again, the most successful people in the world didn’t attend college and /or had office gainful employment, they started their hustles and believed in them. It is true that getting a college degree gives a comparative advantage but what matters the most is translating the degree into a real life solution.

 Having a shiny college degree and [or] so many of them isn’t a big deal, the real degree is, what can you do with it? I have a job today but do you know what else I do with my life? I dig. I go to the gardens, with garden tools and  do very great work there ; those you who have seen my gardens can attest to this, they are impressive. Do not let degrees blind you to the realities of life; there is more to life than academic credentials.

For the Love of it

After school, you can choose to do something that ends up changing your life, for the Love of it, often called amateurs. As a fresh graduate, three years on the street without a gainful employment, I decided it was time to take on writing as my second reputation, a writer. For so many times, I have dressed, paid my rent, bought the basics for myself through the years, without gainful employment, as an “amateur writer”.

I made writing my new job and started earning from my legit hustle, outside what I thought I would translate into after school, a procurement officer. The hustle life can sometimes be draining and excruciating, especially as you build your brand, but in the end, it can pay off. The beauty about sit-home jobs is that you can commit two hours off your schedule and earn money to take you through a week, once the you broken the market. This is something that requires patience and constant self- education, because you are competing with “professionals” who have a cutting-edge experience.

Start as a wannabe

Six years ago, I was a “wannabe writer”, today, considering I have earned from my pain, got recognition even on an international level, trust me I have the bragging rights. Born and raised in a very humble background, little did I know that a self-made village boy would run a campaign for and on behalf of the former first lady and secretary of state of the United States, Hillary Clinton. I founded a team Clinton in 2016, after many years of writing out of passion on President Obama, Dr. Besigye and doing speech writing for so many powerful people in our land.  It has taken me places and yes, today my reputation precedes me.  When J. K Rowling said that we do not need magic to change the world because we carry all the power we need in our hands already to imagine better, she was right, “we have the power to imagine better.”

“Amateurs” rise

At the most basic levels, professionals in any field are simply people who earn a living in that field, while amateurs are people who don’t. But the terms amateur and professional often imply something else- something about quality and expertise. People often think of amateurs as second rate, as those who perform well below professional levels. Amateurs are the ones who gesticulate too wildly in the local theatre production, who score over a hundred on the golf course, or who write cute stories. When we call something amateurish, we use the word as a pejorative. We are suggesting that the thing that the thing upon which we are commenting is nowhere near professional, that the effort is something of an embarrassment.

Sometimes it is reasonable to draw sharp distinctions between professionals and amateurs. There can, after all, be enormous differences of accomplishment between them. If say, I had to do a vasectomy, I would prefer to put it in the hands of someone who did that sort of thing for a living than someone who occasionally dabbled in it. But often the differences between professionals and amateurs have less to do with quality than with choice.

More education - back to school and upgrade, they say. What about lack of Mobility? What about competing in the global economy? Education really isn’t the answer to making a dime to your name. How can the answer not be education? Yes, of course should be the answer but education will only be the answer when it becomes a democratic education for a democratic workplace.

Yes, then it will be the answer but it is not the answer yet, and, in the meantime, might only reinforce the top-down authoritarian corporate structure that is preventing education from being the answer. Getting educated is the drumbeat for all; you might probably not compete with someone with a master’s degree at any workplace if your recent academic qualification is an undergraduate degree/diploma. Sad, isn’t it? Doesn’t it reinstate more education?

There is no foothold left in big cities, or any place else where the global winners live, for high graduates to exercise even a tiny bit of power.

At the 2020 HBCU virtual commencement address, president Barack. H. Obama has hit it straight outta the park, he said to the graduates:  “You’ve got more road maps, more role models, and more resources than the civil rights generation did. You’ve got more tools, technology, and talents than my generation did. No generation has been better positioned to be warriors for justice and remake the world,” couldn’t agree more. If we use what we have, meet the right people, we can be what we have always wanted to: go where we have always dreamed of. Onward Together!



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