10 Techniques To get A Good National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) Placement
‘Congratulations pal’ on the completion of your studies. You are highly welcome to the job market which constitutes the workforce also known as the labour market. This can be a favour market to you, depending on how you wish to see it and work towards it. Done with studies, ‘Now it’s time to plan how to get a good National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) job which is also known as your Place of Primary Assignment (PPA).
Your Place of Primary Assignment is the organization you are posted to as a corp member aka corper in Nigeria for a full year of active service. It serves as your first post-institution job experience which makes it an important section of your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and this shouldn’t be taken lightly if you want to get the best out of it.
It is worthy to note that there are several National Youth Service Corp job opportunities out there, only if you can get the correct information at the right time and apply it in the best possible way.
The following benefits are what you stand to enjoy during and after your service year experience in a reputable Place of Primary Assignment:
- You could be retained in the organization after you have completed your year of service to continue working with a higher pay, now that you are no longer a corp member.
- You might acquire some training from the organization free of charge or at a subsidized rate, since you have contributed your man-hour quota during your service year with little or no payment.
- You could get fast connections to other jobs; related to the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) job you just concluded due to your exposure to relevant skills.
- Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) would get an additional value from the experience you skillfully gathered and projects you partook during your one year of service.
- Your first set of referees could be from your Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) which might be changed later as you acquire more years of experience in other organizations.
- You have opportunities to be an award winner or an impact maker as a corper with your Community Development Service (CDS) at your disposal. This should be added to your standard Curriculum Vitae (CV).
- You stand a chance of being referred directly to a sister company or branch of your National Youth Service Corp Place of Primary Assignment.
- It gives you a prospect to build on your inter-personal relationship and communication skills with your team members and other employees in your Place of Primary Assignment (PPA).
Having understood the influences of these Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) benefits, you should strive to serve in that desired company, be it a multinational job, government job, private job, or other forms of jobs in the sectors existing in the Nigeria. With God’s favour and your relentless efforts, it is very possible.
Below are the 10 processes that can make you get the Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) job you so desire.
- Get a list of preferred companies – You need to make a list of relevant companies related to your field of study and probably passion. If you have a long list, you can narrow it down to other preferences you have such as distance to your house, location of the company, possible payment structure, opportunities available such as training, networking, certifications and so on.
- Visit the company’s website – The internet is just at your finger tip. Quickly surf the internet to get more information about the company and what they are into. You could note down their address and phone numbers on their contact tab and further ask questions through their mail or inquiry platform. You can also check the names of the staff and follow them up on social media, connect and tell him or her your intentions.
- Visit the company – After compiling your list, brace up and visit two or more companies to talk to someone on your intention to serve there You can also ask for the name you saw on the website and have a one on one chat with the person, provided that, you have started a conversation online already. You should be able to get a positive response from at least one of the companies. Let them know when you will serve and how possible it is for you to get a request letter from them as soon as possible before you will be posted to camp.
- Get one or two contacts – Whoever you met during your visit to the organization has seen you and had a conversation with you therefore it shouldn’t be hard to get a phone number from such person just for the purpose of reminding the fellow of your mission as discussed earlier with him or her.
- Keep checking on them – In your spare time, you can keep checking on the organization to show how determined you wish to be part of them. This will make them keep you in mind and quickly get you the letter of request and if otherwise, you will be quickly notified, then you can start working on the next organization on your list. You can’t afford to relent at this point because winners don’t quit.
- You can be a volunteer – If the positive feedback you are expecting is not forthcoming, you can use the few weeks you have before your orientation camp to render a voluntary service to the organization. Think of something you can help them to do which no one is already doing. Pick up the task with little or no money and say you just want to keep yourself busy before you will be posted to camp. With this act, you can get to know who and who can be of help in terms of your letter of request.
- Get a letter of request – Your letter of request which states that the company needs your service, is what will be used to post you to your desired organization. It should include your name, course of study, mobilization number you got from your university, state code you got in camp (should be hand-written neatly on the letter as soon as you get the code) and it should be signed and stamped. However, you should be sure of your state of service before getting a request letter from an organization because a letter of request gotten from an organization in Lagos is useless if you are eventually posted to Abuja. Announcement will be made about three or four days before your passing out parade for submission of request letters, make sure you submit it at the right time.
While on Camp
- Be good to your platoon officer – Now that you have been posted to your state of service, comport yourself and respect your platoon officers during your twenty-one (21 days) in camp. They are the ones to decide where you will finally end up, don’t be a bone in their throat during your stay on camp. Show appreciations when necessary and if possible make friends with them, then tell them the organization you wish to serve, you might be lucky to get assistance. A Yoruba adage says, ‘one who is thankful for yesterday’s favour will get another favour tomorrow’.
- Be generally active on camp – There are voluntary groups to join on camp such as First Aid group, Parade Band, Publicity/Editorial, Dance & Drama group and Broadcasters also known as Orientation Broadcasting Service (OBS), etc. Try to participate in voluntary services because your participation in any of these groups gives you an edge over others doing nothing. The members of these groups are easily recognized by the NYSC staff and usually told to choose wherever they want to serve due to their commitment while on camp. This works even without having a request letter from an organization.
- Be positively minded – Having done everything possible as stated above, stay positive and hope for the best. If it doesn’t work out, it is not the end of the world. Simply get a rejection letter from where you were posted and attach another letter of request (you should get two letters, just in case this happens) from the organization you wish to serve and submit it to your assigned local government or NYSC secretariat.
After being posted
Finally, it doesn’t end at getting what you want, you need to maintain integrity and ensure the organization is really glad to have given you the letter of request you earnestly needed to be part of them. Please, don’t make them regret helping you. Be eager to learn from anyone at every point in time in the organization, stay inquisitive, do things in a different but sensible way, be interactive and always do the right thing. Respect your line managers, stay strong in times of trials and challenges, almost all employees in the whole world face one challenge or the other at work, stay positive, appreciate people when you are corrected of your wrongdoings and be an impact maker in whatever task you are given!
See you at the top! Corper-wee!
Written by Consultants at Freshgraduatecv.com