In Nigeria, young graduates are churned out regularly from the university with little hope to become gainfully employed.

So you just graduated from the university, wrote your final exams, awaiting NYSC or just passed out from the compulsory one year service to our dear country (which I  think is a waste of time) and you’re wondering what to do with your certificate,  you may want a job in a corporate organization but when that’s not forth coming what do you do? You can choose to sit at home,  watch TV, live on social media,  eat momma and dada’s food but what if you have none of these as an option? You get busy! So you don’t become a lazy Nigerian youth.. haha!!

I’ve put together some activities young nigerian graduates can engage in while awaiting their dream jobs.

Learn a skill

Photography, business ideas, young nigerian graduates
Develop yourself in your area of interest. If you love crafts then leather works and ankara crafts including shoes and bags could be for you. Bead making is another good option,
catering for the food lovers, photography, hairdressing, makeup artistry,  tailoring and graphic design. Finding someone to teach you isn’t difficult.

Sell your skill

Business ideas, young nigerian graduates

If you’ve learnt a skill,  now is a good time to use it. You can make money off your skill. Create samples of your products and work on getting clients. If you’re good at what you do, your work would speak for you.

If you have some savings,  start a small business

You can offer laundry services, make and sell liquid soap and disinfectants or even start a thrift store.
You can collect and sell used items. This business is currently booming in Nigeria, most persons are selling off their old stuff because they no longer have need for them. You can decide to concentrate on used clothings (okrika). The profit margin is really high and you can get up to a 100% profit on your sales. People now create instagram accounts for their businesses and they call them online thrift stores. Whether you choose to go the online or offline route, you’ll make profit both ways.
 Business ideas, young nigerian graduates, nessytalks

Understudy someone (Intern)

This option might not make you quick money but it’s definitely worth it. Find an organization needing the services of an intern, you can choose to work for free if need be.  You might ask me how working for free would make you money,  don’t forget you’re a young graduate with little or no experience, working as an intern offers you the opportunity to learn more and gain the much needed experience you would need when you get your ‘dream job’.


Marketing, Business Ideas
Some persons know how to speak convincingly. With your “sweet mouth”, you can get people to buy stuff from you. You can market other people’s products and get a commission when you make sales.

Home lesson tutor

You don’t need to study education to know how to teach. If you love teaching, you can make some cool cash from this. Ask around for parents who would love to  engage the services of a teacher, you can teach for about 2hours twice a week. This would also give you some free time to engage in other activities.

Freelance writing

 Writing, business ideas, young nigerian graduates
If you love to write and you know how to create good content,  you can get writing gigs where you get paid for writing articles for blogs, websites, magazines  and newspapers.

I hope you got some ideas, do you have other options not listed  here? Please let us know in the comment section.



  1. Adele Glory
    6th May 2018 / 1:51 pm

    Thank you
    Will try out one of this

    • Vanessa
      6th May 2018 / 2:27 pm

      Please do. You’ll be glad you did. Thanks for stopping by Adele.

  2. 7th May 2018 / 8:42 am

    Insightful ideas. I hope people really do try these ones out. Even people with a job can try any of this as a side hustle.

    • Vanessa
      7th May 2018 / 12:38 pm

      I hope so too. Thanks Debs.

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