August 10, 2022


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Finding Jobs During The Strike

3 min read

By Mariam AbdulSalam

It’s been two months since the ASUU strike began. From the Federal Government’s reaction to the strike, it doesn’t look like it will be called off soon.  Students have decided to leverage the strike and look for opportunities to learn and earn. Some students already have businesses and jobs keeping them occupied during the strike, but a lot more are idle. 

Now back home and not wanting to be a burden on their parents, a lot of these students are out looking for jobs. But it hasn’t been easy for them.  Some jobs, they weren’t qualified for, and others simply won’t take in students. 


Three Nigerian students share how difficult finding a job has been for them.



When the strike started, I immediately began looking for a job. The first organization I tried, I had to submit my CV. I was called back for an interview five days later. At this stage I already believed I would get the job. At the interview, I was told that they already had students working with them and what they needed now was a full staff. The second place I tried was a beauty shop. I saw a poster asking for a sales representative but when I went into the shop, the woman said she no longer needed one. I went to five more companies, and they all said they had no vacancy for a student. I have stopped trying though. Right now, I am doing an online tech program, but I don’t have data anymore.



Two weeks after the warning strike began, I finally traveled home to Ibadan. I stayed home and tried to get the well-deserved rest after the rushed semester we had. After a while, It soon became clear that the strike wasn’t ending anytime soon. My friends started getting jobs and I knew I had to find something to do too. I sent my CV and application letters to start-up companies and NGOs. I wanted to add to my working experience, but it was so difficult getting a job. It was stated in my CV that I’m still an undergraduate and would leave the job when school resumes. Nobody wanted to employ someone who would only spend a month or two with them and then leave. Especially since you’d be learning more than you are giving. Five organizations turned me down. I had like 2 opportunities for a paid job and 3 volunteering jobs. I was later accepted for one of the NGOs to work as a secretary. 



I got arrested for stealing. Just to be clear, I did not steal anything. 

When the strike began, I was extremely glad. The last semester was hell and God knows I needed the rest. I went home immediately the strike started and after a while, I began my search for a job — anything to keep me busy. Few days later, I got a job at a farm. It was stressful but I couldn’t complain because I needed money. I didn’t have any means to cater for my petty needs, so I stayed. I was also hoping to gain enough business experience for when I start my own business. Reminiscing now, I should have left immediately it became difficult. That was a sign from God, and I missed it.

Me and another guy (who happens to be the manager’s nephew) were assigned to an area of the farm. Last week, the manager came over and was conducting a check around the farm. When he got to our station, I didn’t pay him much attention because I was busy. He called me over and when I greeted him, he didn’t reply. Right there, I knew something wasn’t right. He directly accused me of theft and didn’t even give me a chance to get a word in.  He said I stole bags of seeds. Before he summoned me, he had already called the police and I was arrested. Everything happened so fast and my parents had to bail me out. I have PTSD just thinking about it. I’m still at home though but I hope that I’ll be able to hit the street again before the strike is called off.


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