What can I do after secondary school in Nigeria?

What can I do after secondary school in Nigeria?

After high school, what next?

What can I do after secondary school in Nigeria? –Our childhood days was our golden days, it was days when we lived in dreams. It was days when our dreams were imaginable. No worries, and no fears of the future. 

But then, as we grew older, One major challenge that we  face is what to do next with our lives after high school.

As a child, growing up, I always thought that I would become a medical doctor. So I could be adorned on a white lab coat, examining the sick and giving them hope of living again as if their messiah. 

Guess what?

My dream never became a reality. But that’s a story for another day.

 Life happens to all of us, everyone of us. Sometimes, those  sweet dreams of us becoming a world changer may not become a reality.

As time goes on,  we may not become who or what we had imagined ourselves to become due to circumstances that may confront us.

I have had the privilege to speak with many young adults in my almamater the last time I visited. I discovered that many of them  are either clueless or totally confused about what to do with their time immediately after  school.

So I have decided to put this note together as a piece of advice. Because if this issue is not addressed now, many of our young adults might end up wasting  several months and years drifting without any focus. 

Some may eventually end up on the street, while some will become threat to the society at large.


The purpose of this article is to answer the lingering question: What can I do after secondary school in Nigeria?

This article is to guide you as a young adult to make the right choice of career by making your life count as you grow old. 

Below are a few things you can or should consider doing with your precious time immediately after after secondary school in Nigeria

Sitting down at home doing nothing productive or watching cable channels would not bring out the best in you…



What can I do after secondary school in Nigeria? Learn new skills.

It is not enough to graduate from school, you need to acquire skills, especially digital skills.

There are several benefits attached to having digital skills in this 21st century.

You would do yourself a lot of good if you use your time to learn one or more skills that align with your natural talents or personality.

Skills you can learn after secondary school in Nigeria

  • You can learn a new language (foreign or local)
  • A musical instrument
  • Computer or phone repairs
  • Coding
  • Baking
  • Blogging
  • Bigital marketing
  • Interior decoration
  • Shoe and bag making, etc.

The list is almost endless. Find the one that interests you the most and start from there.



Talent development is one of the best answers to the question “What can I do after secondary school in Nigeria?”

We are all gifted by our creator with one talent or the other. Everyone of us is gifted. 

 But the problem is many fail to discover and develop their gifts. Maybe because of ignorance or laziness, or sometimes it can be due to a nonchalant attitude.

The world is full of stars and megastars making money and serving humanity with their talents.

People like Christiano Ronaldo, Kanu Nwankwo, Olu Jacobs, Teju Babyface, TY-Bello, Basket Mouth, Zuriel Oduwole, Myles Munroe, Prof. Wole Soyinka, and Prof. Chinua Achebe, Emmanuella, and Mark Angel are few examples of people who decided to develop and deploy their talents and some of them started as teenagers too.

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So if you want to be known for great exploits in your generation, develop  your talent and use it to solve people’s problems.

Talent development is one sure way of achieving greatness. Find your talent and start developing it NOW!



Volunteering for organizations is also one of the best answers to the question:  What can I do after secondary school in Nigeria? 

Look for organizations such as NGOs, Public Libraries, Small business ventures, Schools, skill acquisition centres or even Churches where you can volunteer to serve.

The good thing here  is that you get to learn certain lessons and skills such as humility, diligence, interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, and communication skills to mention a few.

And you make likely be paid a token for the service rendered. But money shouldn’t be your focus. Rather the knowledge you tend to acquire should be your ultimate goal.

The benefits you earned in volunteering to serve will go a long way in making the right career choice. It will also boost your self-esteem, and leadership qualities.



What can I do after secondary school in Nigeria? Add value to your community.

What will the world know you for?   Strive to be a positive world changer by starting within your community.

You can use your time to join and become a member of teenagers or youths clubs. It could be a football academy or any sports club, a Library, a choir or drama group. Go all out and make a positive difference!



One major mistake we make after  school education is to stop improving ourselves. Some think that the new freedom they have after school  is to be used for ‘enjoyment’ or to relax from studying.

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May I shock you that such ideology is a grave mistake! After school, that is when the journey of life just began!

Life is a phase and every phase needs a good preparation. So to think you need a break for reading or improving yourself after school is to deceive yourself directly or indirectly. 

The world is constantly changing. If you don’t update yourself, you may become outdated and left behind.

So find ways to constantly improve your mind by reading self improvement books, edifying books on leadership, purpose driven books, money, relationship, etc. attend seminars, Go see educational or inspirational movies, and so on.

Use your time to watch free tutorials on your chosen field almost any field on the internet, YouTube to be precise.

Improving your personality is one of the things you can do with your life after secondary school in Nigeria. 



The few points above are the things you can do with your precious time after school. This is not the time to get yourself distracted by social media platforms and wasteful time before the television or even associating with friends that are not adding any positive value to your life.

There are many adults today who wished they had access to information like this generation,  so don’t ignore this advice. Arise, take initiative and start something useful.

I hope the above piece of information has answered the question: What can I do after secondary school in Nigeria?

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