— Najeeb (@TheNajeeb) April 7, 2015
If you find yourself having difficulty in comprehending the title of this piece, be rest assured you did not belongs to the Millennial generation. If you are still struggling to come to term with it, I can still label you as the cohort group of those who believed, think and thank President Jonathan for ‘bringing Facebook to Nigeria’.
By ‘if you must Facebook’, I mean if you insist that you are on Facebook because it is connecting you with family, friends and acquaintances, or you consider it as a platform for enhancing your communications skills and digital sophistication. While I subscribed to your argument, I also share a belief that if taken for granted, Facebook and its likes have the tendency of making someone develop a pathological and maladaptive psychological addictive behaviour.
It is against this background, I intend to strike a balance between the two extremes of ‘excessive indulgence’ and ‘total rejection’. Therefore, my intervention will centre on how to leverage Facebook to enhance your career aspiration, communication skills (written and verbal) and entrepreneurial acumen. The write-up will also give you an insight on how and where to ‘discover yourself’ and be on top of technology in the era of aggressive marketing by technology giants.
Smart ‘Facebooking’ entails identifying potential pages for continuous personal development. Few of these pages include those that will enhance someone’s communication skills both written and verbal. Outstanding among these are American English at State, BBC Learn English and Learn English Grammar with Rana Zain. These pages have unique approaches such as the use of infographic in order to make learning enjoyable and succinct.
Another page worth ‘liking’ is TED for its insightful resources. The Facebook page post events, news and tips as well as links that will ‘stir your curiosity’. Contents from the page are directly from the popular TED Talk that centred on technology, education and entertainment. The page, when followed, has the tendency of changing your paradigm on a lot of issues around the world based on the expert presentations.
Developing entrepreneurial mindset
Facebook pages of ‘Entrepreneur’, ‘Business Insider’, and ‘Harvard Business Review’ are few pages that I regard as ‘a must like’ pages on Facebook. Anyone seeking to be independent or interested in delving into the business will indeed find these pages helpful. ‘Liking’ the pages will afford someone to learn tips, understand tools, get industry insider information and have insights into deep financial, media, technology and other industry verticals.
Technology & DIY
To safeguard and liberate yourself from ‘Oga at the top’ viral mortification and IT ‘expert’ intervention, one needs to like pages like MakeUseOf, LifeHacker and HowStuffWorks on Facebook. These pages will enable it follower to learn tips and tricks about websites, software, internet and technology in general through its easy-to-understand answers and explanations of the world by their ‘know-it-all writers’.
Other relevant pages that are of high value for anyone wishing to enhance his/her career are: Youth Opportunities and Scholarship Nigeria. Youth Opportunities believes “opportunities should not be kept hidden. It needs to spread among the millions because knowledge increases when shared”. While Scholarship Nigeria’s motto is to “empower young Nigerians by providing prompt information on available Undergraduate and Postgraduate SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES (Home & Abroad)”.
In conclusion, my take is to encourage useful and purposeful Facebooking where a user will strike a balance between leisure and personal development.
Readers will find different version of this caption on the internet and other published articles and books. Today, I decide to also follow their steps by adopting the same approach in order to feature an article that I found very fascinating and inspiring.
Although, to some pessimists, the wisdom associated with the piece may seem to sound ‘ridiculous’, ‘insulting’, ‘uninspiring’ and ‘ambition killer’ especially to our upcoming generation. I believe readers will find it useful.
Initially I read this piece in Segun’s Adeniyi’s column (Verdict) and I feel it will be useful and relevant to give it a wider publicity.
Kindly enjoy What They Don’t Teach in the School.
This recent piece, written by Todd Hirsch, the Calgary-based chief economist of ATB Financial and author of “The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline”, will serve our young graduates as they navigate the job market, even in this most difficult time. The message is simple: whatever your hand finds to do, begin from there. I am well aware that the Nigerian terrain is quite different from the Canadian one on which the author based his thesis but the inherent lesson cuts across boundaries as it simply teaches that fresh graduates should be wise. Here is what Todd Hirsch wrote:
Thank you for your letter inquiring about positions in our economics department. At this time, we have no openings. However, I will keep your letter on file should an appropriate job become available. At least, that’s what I am required to tell you. But here’s what I’d really like to say to you – and to every recent economics graduate who sends me the same letter.
First, I know it’s lousy for Bachelor of Arts graduates looking for a job “in their field.” Twenty years ago, it was lousy for me too. It’s almost always lousy. In a way, it’s kind of supposed to be – a small rite of passage to welcome you into the working world. It’s sort of like being froshed.
But if I may, I would like to offer some advice.
Don’t be too fixated on landing a job “in your field.” The truth is, you don’t yet have a field. In university, you majored in economics, but that may or may not be your eventual field of professional work. The world is full of possibilities; limiting your search to an economist job is a terribly narrow way to start out.
You chose to study economics, which doesn’t necessarily imply that you’ll be an economist. Rather, it implies you have an aptitude for problem solving. You’re probably good at analyzing data. You can see different sides of an argument. And I’ll bet you’re excellent at finding solutions to problems. These are essential skills required in hundreds of rewarding (and lucrative) fields of professional employment.
Your ultimate field may actually be in sales for a biotech firm. It may be analyzing crime statistics for the city police. It may even be a rock star (just ask Mick Jagger). The world is full of “fields.”
What you’re facing is a common problem: BA graduates confuse their major area of study with what they expect to be their eventual careers. It doesn’t matter if it’s a degree in history, film studies, sociology, or comparative feminist literature.
You’ve successfully navigated your way through a four-year degree. Congratulations! That is no small accomplishment. But now you’re embarking on a totally different program of learning – one that will last the rest of your life. It’s called “What am I here for?”
That may sound all spiritual and existential, but don’t let it throw you off. It just means that your challenge from here on is to find what you’re good at, and keep getting better and better at it.
An apology, by the way, on behalf of society: We are sorry if we led you to believe that attending university would land you a good job. That’s not actually true. A polytechnic college will do this – and the job opportunities available right now are fantastic. A good option for you might be to continue post-university studies at a polytechnic.
But your university education, at least at the Bachelor of Arts level, was never intended to land you a job. It was intended to make you a more complete thinker. It was intended to teach you how to absorb complex information and make reasoned arguments. It was, quite simply, intended to teach you how to learn. Those are skills that you’ll use in any field of work.
Open your mind to all sorts of job possibilities. Don’t be too proud to start out in the service industry, or where you might get your fingernails dirty. Talk to as many people as you can about their career paths. But never, ever, allow yourself to think you’ve wasted your time in university if you don’t land a job as an economist.
Meanwhile, be encouraged and stay positive. And yes, I will keep your letter on file. But my guess is that when a position in my economics group eventually opens up, you’ll no longer be available.
Ordinarily people are supposed to do thing for a purpose but on internet it is not so! Even though we have seen that some people are leveraging internet to advance their businesses or organisations some people are completely overwhelmed with the social media aspect at the expense of their time, resources, businesses, family and to some extent their intellectual development.
It is against this backdrop; I intend to write on doing 10 most useful things on the internet. The article will be run in series and this part will be dedicated to students that are eager and willing to learn beyond the four walls of the school.
As someone who had a stint of learning in both Nigeria and abroad, I realised it will be difficult for us to think beyond the box if we became contented with the knowledge we acquired in the classroom only. It is therefore imperative to seek additional avenues with the view to combine the two. To do so, one has to forgo or at least adjust the number of time he/she spends on Facebook, Twitter, 2go, WhatsApp, BBM and other Social media in order to concentrate on improving and polishing his/her knowledge.
Improving your knowledge online could be in different ways but the simplest and koboless way to do so is to consider the possibility of signing up with OpenCourseWare particularly with Coursera, edX, and SchooX. I chose these three based on their exceptional features that have to do with the course contents richness, flexibility, feedback mechanism, possibility of interacting with colleagues from across the globe as well as obtaining certificate of attendance or completion from the course tutors.
The Coursera website is offering courses in Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, Computer Science and host of others from world renown Universities including Stanford University, Princeton University, The University of Edinburgh, Johns Hopkins University, University of Toronto to mention just but a few. Recently, they have increased the course catalogue to 111 from 16 Universities.
As for the edX, it has Harvard University, Massachusetts University and of recent University of California Berkeley as their founding partners. While that of SchooX supportdifferent kind of resources with special features. Most of the videos in SchooX last for not more than ten minutes, hence downloading them even in mobile phones will not be something difficult.
Interested students should hasten to enrol since most of the courses will commence soon. Other OpenCourseWare courses could also be located in Tufts Open Courseware, Online Education Database, as well as DIY Learning.
Let’s I forget, some people might argue that some of these courses we are asking them to do requires high speed internet to either watch or download, hence it will be near impossible for them to sign up. To perish this thinking, I wish to first of all inform you that most of the Coursera courses have an alternative PDF and PowerPoint files in which someone can download without necessarily watching their YouTube videos and for those that have videos only, I can assure them that by following tips in eHOW, Usefulsites4all, and Yahoo Answers they can find their way out. Remember, these people and organisations have done their best in offering the courses free of charge to us, what remains is for us to fulfil our obligations. Hence, the decision remains entirely yours!
A fortnight ago I enrolled in a course Power Searching With Google run by Google which has tremendously improved my information retrieval skills and earned a certificate of completion. Some moments ago I checked the site but learnt that the class is now closed but those who have penchant for polishing their searching skills can still be able to view the videos and do the online activities starting from July 25, 2012. I will recommend people to do that. Honestly speaking you will be a skilful searcher in this dotcom era where they say information is POWER!