let’s get rid of thinking Inside the Box

let’s get rid of thinking Inside the Box

By Jamal Saidi

Morocco World News

Casablanca, February 24, 2013

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, if they can’t find them, they make them.” George Bernard Shaw.

A deadly trap that many Moroccan university students fall into is cutting the bonds with the world during their study period. A sum of three years ends up with almost no contact with other major players in society. After graduation, they are likely to find themselves in a vicious circle, unable to find a way to the professional career. Thinking inside the box is, therefore, another idol that our dear youth may want to destroy.

Be visible to the world, and you shall be recognized. To attend your classes on regular basis is of paramount importance to your academic success, but there are extra activities that can have a huge impact on your future. As an educated person, you certainly have some good things to offer for others.

You may have a specific skill that would change the lives of many in your neighborhood or any other place in the city where you live. You shall, therefore, realize that you are indeed important, and be humble enough to give a hand for free. Several associations would warmly welcome you to join them. They usually have enough space to let you manifest your abilities on the ground. Be confident and organize activities periodically. Only then may you start to be visible.

You are building a network that would be of great help at any time. You would have a list of people from different walks of life that may spare no efforts to let you know about whatever opportunity that might interest you.

The box I refer to is that of the university, ordinary acquaintances and public job. That is a very narrow space where your chance of success may not be up to your expectations. Students at our universities are immensely attached to the idea of having a public job.

I am perfectly aware of the advantages that this sort of work provides, but not every single graduated can have access to it. The reason is simple: the demand is greater than the jobs the state can provide. Here comes the incredible importance of thinking outside the box. A period of three years is enough to empower you for whatever career you want to pursue. Have a training course, volunteer at any association or organization or do anything that would enrich your experience at the professional level.

I believe that a great deal of students who had an easy access to the job market were already active members in associations or organizations, or earned rich experience through trainings and part time jobs during holidays. Try this way, you will not regret it.

That is how you become the master of your fate, creating countless number of opportunities while you are still studying. If you are unemployed graduate, take action as it is never too late to do the right thing.

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