Mark Twain, a 19th Century American author and humourist, is quoted as having said the two most important days of a man’s life are the day he is born, and the day he discovers why he was born. He was American, so we are allowed to tweak his view of the most important days of man’s life to the Ugandan context. To a Ugandan the three most important days of a man’s life are the day he is born, the day he graduates, and the day he marries,- of course, there are a few exceptions, some count the day he first goes abroad as one other significant milestone, but let’s just stick to the three, in particular, being the graduation season, in fact lets narrow down our scope of focus to just that one milestone- Graduation!
Many of us who have had the privilege of wearing that gown, years later, remember with great fondness the fresh anticipation, and the unencumbered delight that was characteristic of that day!
But the reality of crossing a border is the fact that the anticipation for the new, is most often accompanied by the brutal shock that comes with coming face to face with the unknown the unfamiliar, the cruel, brutal and relentless labour market that is characteristic of our country. So how do our fresh grandaunts manoeuvre their way through this labour market?
What you learnt at university was a launch-pad into a whole new universe of learning. The problem with fresh university graduates is the know-it-all attitude! No one knows it all, better still, you hardly know the half of what you need to know, so set yourself apart from your peers, be a step ahead by constantly improving and growing your skills!
Be modest and humble when looking for a job. It is okay to be ambitious as to your expectations, but we should be modest. We all start from somewhere. Few of us are fortunate enough to land on our dream jobs immediately; we need to work a path towards getting to where we want to be. So let’s be realistic.
Remember, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what kind of degree you got, what matters is how well you are at doing your job. If you do land that job, be the best you can ever be!
So as you sail through the labour market, I wish you all the best! Use disappointments as a learning opportunity, and never give up!