‘IN EVERY PROFESSIONAL IS A STUDENT WANTING TO LEARN AND IN EVERY STUDENT IS A PROFESSIONAL WAITING TO EARN. THE GRADUATECODE CONNECTS BOTH REALMS TOGETHER’ ……DR AKANIMO ODON
The ultimate intention of studying at a University is to get a job, start your company and live a valued life afterwards but if there is little focus on how to do that while you are in the university, don’t you think we have a problem? Notice that when I use the word University in this book, I use it loosely and with caution to mean higher institutions which could be polytechnics, colleges of education, technical institutions, main stream universities. Due to the nature of the graduatecode, I hope to speak directly to students in these higher institutions, young graduates who have just completed their studies and young professionals who have been working in a job, doing their own business or even in further education within ten years after graduation.
I have been asked a lot lately what my career journey has been like so I thought I share this. I am blessed and I know it well and so gratitude to God comes easy.
I had 204 in the Joint Admissions Matriculations Board (JAMB) examinations which is the official entrance examinations to get into any first degree course in Nigeria, but my score was way to low so I couldn’t get into medicine so settled for Zoology as a course. I got a scholarship for my Masters degree in the UK and afterwards with minimal funding, I registered for a PhD. I worked as a cleaner, pot-washer and Carer in a care home while studying. Then I won five international awards including best international student in the UK, wrote and published two books, co-founded an NGO that convened the largest conference of Nigerian students in the UK, founded my consultancy outfit, undertook programs from Cambridge, MIT, Stanford and Lancaster and obtained a doctorate degree, all by my 27th birthday.
Now I consult for global universities, I advise numerous governments, international firms and agencies and my consultancy reaches over 30 African countries.
What I have not told you are the failures and heartaches, the mistakes and miss-steps, the ups and downs, secrets and insights, the choices and opportunity costs. The truth is if I knew then the things I know now, my career path would have been different and a lot smoother. Well, that is the premise for writing this book so you don’t have to go through the same pit falls while taking advantage of the booming opportunities.
’Education is generally believed to be an instrument of poverty reduction and graduation should be the foundation to career promotion’
’When increase in graduate education antagonizes economic growth, it becomes a disturbing phenomenon’
’In Africa, this seems to be the case as the essence of being a Graduate seems to have been lost’. This old graduate code must be broken for a new one to emerge.
’This is a book that attempts to restore the Graduate Code’. You would notice as you read on that the book is filled with lots of activities designed to get you to engage and be responsible for creating your career direction. For this to work, you would need to have an open mind and respond to each activity sincerely and hopefully this helps in getting you to think a bit more carefully about your graduate career.