Life After University

So you have finally finished university and the world seems to be your oyster! So, what’s the next step? First of all congratulations to all graduates it is a great achievement and not a easy feat at all! I got a few friends to share their experiences and thoughts on life after school, to offer some perspective and encouragement to those in a state of confusion about their next steps and for those who are in eager anticipation of achieving this amazing accomplishment. I decided to share my response as well

Morenike

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Biochemistry, University of Alberta

1. What were your expectations for life after university?

My expectation was that it would be tough to find a job and try to figure out what the next step for my career would be. Especially graduating with a science degree it was pretty much expected that I would continue into a post-graduate degree but I was so done with school and needed a break to reconfigure my mind and refocus on what I actually wanted my career to look like. 

2. Were those expectations met?
In terms of finding a job, the expectations were definitely met. It was quite tough and grueling. Imagine applying for so many different positions, those you are qualified for and those you aren’t. It even got to a point that I applied for positions I wasn’t really particularly interested in just so I could have a job. But I am grateful to God for teaching me patience and granting me wisdom in the form of counsel and the awesome people He surrounded me with that gave me advice and pointed me in the right direction. In terms of figuring out my career path I have come to the conclusion that there is no such thing. You just have an idea of what you want the next few years to look like and you go for it. I don’t think my career path will be clearly defined, but I am satisfied with that for now.
3. What would be your advice for those in their final year looking forward to life after school?
Ensure you maximize your university experience as much as you can. Especially in your final year, if there is something you want to try out just do it! As much as it won’t affect you academically but even then I would say you should try and plan yourself in such a way that you have something to do apart from simply going to classes. Apart from the connections you make, the community and experiences learnt will be important for living and giving you something to think about during the tedious job searching vigils.

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Life After University series pt. 6

So you have finally finished university and the world seems to be your oyster! So, what’s the next step? First of all congratulations to all graduates it is a great achievement and not a easy feat at all!  I got a few friends to share their experiences and thoughts on life after school, to offer some perspective and encouragement to those in a state of confusion about their next steps and for those who are in eager anticipation of achieving this amazing accomplishment. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing their replies.

Shalom

Chemical Engineering, University of Alberta

1. What were your expectations for life after university?

I did not have a lot of expectations of life after University other than to find a well-paying job, make money, build my career, buy a house, get hitched, have kids and begin the rest of my life. Joking! Nonetheless, I did expect to at the very least, obtain an Engineering job which would help me discover the area of interest I could then pursue a successful career in.

2. Were those expectations met?
As with any beautiful story, life did not go as expected or planned. For starters, it took me several months to acquire a job. Applying for jobs was a job in of itself. I eventually got called for an interview which led me to my current job. This position which God so graciously gave to me isn’t directly an Engineering job although it is in a related field. It has broadened my career options  and got me thinking about various business opportunities. This job also provoked a spiritual and mental growth I could not have gotten otherwise. God indeed has a specific plan for each of us and takes us through different paths to achieve His wonderful plan for our lives.
3. What would be your advice for those in their final year looking forward to life after school?
My advice for those in final year is to enjoy the pain. This might sound cliché but it’s the best advice I can think of right now. Life almost always does not go as planned but these situations we go through prepares us for the future. You have a calling on your life, and you have to “train” to be fit for that purpose. It’s just like body-building or working out… You go through some pain or soreness post-workout but you know that pain is a good kind of pain – muscles developing, arms swelling, knees weak, mom’s spaghetti. Enjoy the process and pain of searching for jobs, deciding career paths, answering uncomfortable questions, etcetera, because it either builds or destroys character. You can choose to build your character through this painful process. At every challenging point in your life, take a moment to think of how you can use the situation for your good i.e. ask yourself
‘How can I use this situation for personal growth?’ ‘What can I take from this experience to make myself a better person?’

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Life After University series pt. 5

So you have finally finished university and the world seems to be your oyster! So, what’s the next step? First of all congratulations to all graduates it is a great achievement and not a easy feat at all!  I got a few friends to share their experiences and thoughts on life after school, to offer some perspective and encouragement to those in a state of confusion about their next steps and for those who are in eager anticipation of achieving this amazing accomplishment. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing their replies.

Peter

Psychology, University of Leicester

1. What were your expectations for life after university?

My expectations was to get relevant  work experience that would help me continue with my development. Also to go out and live life to the fullest as uni was the last ‘necessary’ education. So I felt I am now free to do, explore and live to my desires

2. Were those expectations met?
They are being met at the moment. I am currently in a job where I feel like I am using my degree and continually developing myself in many different ways. I am also financially capable to live to my desires and my whims as and when I want.
3. What would be your advice for those in their final year looking forward to life after school?
I would say the first thing is to make sure the final year ends in the best ever way. Give the final big push, make those sacrifices as that will mean after final year you are not haunted by any mistake in the final year. After that, this is the most important advice. IT WILL TAKE TIME. No matter what you want to do you will have a lot of setbacks and rejections. Life does  not work in the way the school journey does in that you must progress to the next year. You can have months or years of feeling stuck. When this happens you have to trust the process and keep pushing, keep finding things that develop you and make the next chance more likely to happen.

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Life After University series pt. 4

So you have finally finished university and the world seems to be your oyster! So, what’s the next step? First of all congratulations to all graduates it is a great achievement and not a easy feat at all!  I got a few friends to share their experiences and thoughts on life after school, to offer some perspective and encouragement to those in a state of confusion about their next steps and for those who are in eager anticipation of achieving this amazing accomplishment. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing their replies.

Sochima

History, University of Reading

1. What were your expectations for life after university?

I expected to get a job straight away and to have a fresh start. I also expected to settle back into my old area.

2. Were those expectations met?
Not at all. I found it difficult to get into the field I wanted. I also wasn’t prepared about how to write professional applications. I also didn’t realize that I needed to rest and deal with the mental health issues I experienced during my Masters. It took me a while to get used to living at home again aka the loss of freedom.
3. What would be your advice for those in their final year looking forward to life after school?
Don’t allow people or the lives of others to put pressure on you. If you need a break after, it is totally fine. Negative feelings of comparison and inefficiency will hinder/delay you from achieving your goals. Believe in your self and the amazing abilities you have.

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Life After University series pt. 3

So you have finally finished university and the world seems to be your oyster right! What’s the next step? First of all congratulations to all graduates it is a great achievement and not a easy feat at all!  I got a few friends to share their experiences and thoughts on life after school, to offer some perspective and encouragement to those in a state of confusion about their next steps and for those who are in eager anticipation of achieving this amazing accomplishment. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing their replies.

Victor

Civil Engineering, University of Alberta

 

1.What were your expectations for life after University?

FREEDOM!!! That is what kept coming at me every time I thought of never having to do another homework or another lab report. I was so excited to have submitted my capstone project, I took a picture with my professor to mark the occasion. Don’t get me wrong…I like school and the art of learning that comes with it. But I couldn’t help but relish the thought of not returning to school in September. And, being able to do the things that I cared about the most

2. Were those expectations met?

It took a while, but I finally got used to not having to do the 8:00am-11pm daily grind. Freedom? Yes, I got it. Maybe a little too much than I needed.

In theory, the more time you have, the more you can do. But I found that, for me, that was more fiction than fact. When I had only 3 free hours a week, I was doing at least one blog and one video weekly. But after graduation, I could barely manage one blog in two weeks, even though I now had 24 hours a day.

3. What would be your advice for those in their final year looking forward to life after school?

They say, “now is a gift; that’s why we call it the present”. Enjoy the moment! Many of us spend much of our time anticipating the arrival of something or someone, that we invest very little in preparation. If my experience is any indication, university is a place where you get introduced to yourself. You are stretched intellectually, psychologically and even spiritually.

I’m not that old but Mo said I should give an advice, so here you go: enjoy the moment!

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time…” So, whether you’re in your first or final year, find fun in your faculty.

4. What is one thing you wish you knew when you were in your final year in order to better prepare you for life after school?

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Life After University series pt. 2

So you have finally finished university and the world seems to be your oyster right! What’s the next step? First of all congratulations to all graduates it is a great achievement and not a easy feat at all!  I got a few friends to share their experiences and thoughts on life after school, to offer some perspective and encouragement to those in a state of confusion about their next steps and for those who are in eager anticipation of achieving this amazing accomplishment. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing their replies.

Prudence

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Biochemistry, University of Alberta

1.What were your expectations for life after University?

After convocation, all I wanted to do was to travel and learn. The latter was to be in form of an internship with an organization I’d been part of through my university years.

2. Were those expectations met?

Unfortunately, I had to let it go because of unforeseen circumstances. Unpredictability is the name of the game and you have to learn to embrace the rhythm of life as it presents itself. 

It didn’t take long before I landed a very flexible tutoring job and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This was never in the books though. The least I imagined was working in a laboratory, applying some of my skills. However, it was a wonderful surprise how much I loved teaching and seeing my students get those top grades was exhilarating. Among the things I did the past year, teaching is pretty high up on my list of favorites. 

3. What would be your advice for those in their final year looking forward to life after school?

For anyone graduating, I would would encourage them to make use of the opportunities they have on campus.

What are you interested in?

Research? Make use of the undergraduate research opportunities.

Business? Make use of the networking opportunities whenever they pop up.

Do you want to change your program? It’s okay to change your mind so do it as early as you decide, even mid-year.

You should also realize that you may not secure a job in your field. What would you do instead? Have a plan B. Make mistakes, learn from them and keep going. I also cannot overemphasize how important good friendships are. Friends and family will keep you sane as you try to figure life out. You’re going to need to laugh, cry and vent . It’s easier if you have a shoulder to lean on. Correspondingly, be that friend. 

4. What is one thing you wish you knew when you were in your final year in order to better prepare you for life after school?

Is there anything I wish I knew to better prepare for life after school? Yes, the fact that it’s absolutely okay to change your mind at any stage of your life, even after graduating. The world is evolving at an exponential rate and you should too. I believe some lessons are better learned through experience so take a deep breath and face everyday with courage. I have learnt a lot, made new friends and traveled to new places. There is a lot of room to grow but I’m very grateful so far. 

 

Huge thanks to Prudence for sharing her knowledge and experiences. Don’t forget to reach out to her if her story resonates with you!

#LiveOnPurpose

Mo 🙂

Life After University series pt. 1

So you have finally finished university and the world seems to be your oyster! So, what’s the next step? First of all congratulations to all graduates it is a great achievement and not a easy feat at all!  I got a few friends to share their experiences and thoughts on life after school, to offer some perspective and encouragement to those in a state of confusion about their next steps and for those who are in eager anticipation of achieving this amazing accomplishment. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing their replies.

Abdul

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Biomedical Science, University of Roehampton

1. What were your expectations for life after university?

My expectations for life after university was to:

  •  secure a graduate role within 3 months of graduating
  • have a 25k basic starting salary,
  • live comfortably

I believed that my degree would now set me apart from the masses who didn’t hold a qualification – that was my perception anyway, little did I know I was gravely mistaken.

2. Were those expectations met?
Absolutely not! I did a lot of soul searching and self development. I had to unlearn a lot of things in terms of how the world works, how money works and how society works. My major takeaway from university has been that:
“Formal education will make you a living, self education will make you a fortune” 
3. What would be your advice for those in their final year looking forward to life after school?
Always, always, always have a plan B. Never solely rely on your qualification(s)/degree, because you may end up being very disappointed like I was. It is super competitive out there. You MUST have a side hustle or side project that will ultimately become your main focus in the future – Work full time on your job and part time on your fortune so that you can eventually work full time on your fortune.
4. What is one thing you wish you knew when you were in your final year in order to better prepare you for life after school?
Information is FREE. Be curious and proactive enough to go out there and seek it. If you seek, you will find. If you ask, you will get the answer. Do not rely on what you’re solely taught in school.
Three things I wish I learned in my final year to prepare me for the real world:
  • how money worked
  • how taxes work
  • the importance of credit
For those of you interested in my journey, please visit my website:

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Huge thanks to Abdul for sharing his knowledge and experiences. Don’t forget to reach out to him and follow him if his story resonates with you!

#LiveOnPurpose

Mo 🙂

Travelling Dishes from Aunty Dupe’s Buka

If you’re looking for a great event to attend this summer, you should check out Travelling Dishes from Aunty Dupe’s Buka. Musing with Mo was very lucky enough to sit down with the founder and creator of Aunty Dupe’s Buka, Dupe Adedeji and here is what she had to say.

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In your own words could you describe what Aunty Dupe’s Buka is all about and what Travelling Dishes is also about?

Aunty Dupe’s Buka is all about my love for cooking and hosting people. Travelling dishes is the avenue I am using to promote Nigerian food to a larger and more diverse audience such as Canadians and other non-Nigerians. It also involved bringing the food to different places such as a more contemporary and corporate audience. It is about making food mobile and more accessible. To publicize Nigerian food to people outside of Nigeria. 

How did you come up with the name and inspiration behind the brand?

Aunty Dupe’s Buka is a name that was coined by my family and friends when I moved to Edmonton about four years ago.  I have always enjoyed cooking and have always had a flair for cooking, so when I moved and started posting pictures of the food I made on my Snapchat and Instagram page I would get comments from family and friends both online and in person about the images. I then started tagging my food pictures with the name #AuntyDupesBuka. The business Aunty Dupe’s Buka became more official in March 2019. Things just seemed to click for me. As I stated I always knew I liked cooking for people, getting people together and entertaining them and this was something I saw was slightly lacking in my environment, especially being new to the city and all. Therefore, with the encouragement from my followers and friends, I saw an opportunity and decided to go for it. 

The term ‘Buka’ in the name refers to a local eatery back home in Nigeria. For me, Nigerian cooking is a whole experience which consists of eating and lots of conversations with total strangers over good food. Thus, the ‘Buka’ in the name represents the fun and lively atmosphere we hope to create rather than the ‘Mama Put’ type of restaurant.

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How did you go about starting your brand?

Firstly, I ensured to carry out extensive research. I started googling and researching on how to get certified which I did. Research is something you really must do if you really want something. It was great having people reach out to me for example when CBC contacted me to cover our first ever tasting event with Travelling Dishes. However, the preliminary research is so important because it gives me a picture and a vision in my head which I can then follow and attempt to bring to reality. So, I knew that getting my license and all the legal stuff sorted would be necessary if I planned to go mainstream. So, I looked into getting insurance and registering the business and all that. Once that was ready, I started reaching out to people who could help me advertise and learning how to use social media as a driving tool. I was quite fortunate that I had a great support with people sharing and re-sharing to promote the business.

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Mid Year Review

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So we are well past the middle of the year now and if you are a thinker like myself you are evaluating to some extent how the year has been thus far. Checking to see if you’ve met up to the expectations you set for yourself at the start of the year.  Not that I have deeply reflected like that, but recent news on the sudden death of the 20 year old Disney actor, Cameron Boyce has really hit me. I didn’t particularly know him or follow his career so much, but I had seen him in a few movies such as Grown Ups and I knew him from the Disney channel and such. I remember randomly glancing through his Instagram page and immediately loving his energy, his vibe and his whole aura. He seemed like someone who was genuinely passionate about others. He was involved with various charity organizations and seemed to attend a lot of charity events. I admired how unapologetic he was about loving his family and friends. He regularly  posted pictures with his friends as well as his family (his mum, dad and his younger sister Maya). Thus imagine my shock seeing a random post about his death and being in total disbelief. I had to check and double check several times. It seemed surreal to me.

This also reminded me of the writer and speaker Wynter Pitts. She is the founder of the organization ‘For Girls Like You‘ where she aims to equip young girls with knowledge and confidence in their identity in Christ so they can be all that they need to be on earth. I had seen her in  her cousin’s (Chrystal Evan Hurst) Youtube video, yet the impact of her death impacted me somehow. I was deeply moved and encouraged by her family’s response and their strength in the midst of such an unexpected tragedy.

In Philippians 3, Paul describes the overwhelming desire to know Christ and to forego legalistic ways of thinking and relating with God.  His view and unrelenting pursuit of God can be summed up in this verse:

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This is the same Paul that had suffered so much for the gospel of Christ. He had spoken to a range of people and shared the good news about Jesus to a wide variety of audiences and people. Yet, it was almost like he hadn’t achieved much. While taking a moment to review this year and celebrate the successes, learn from the failures and readjust our priorities in order to achieve our goals let us not forget that our ultimate goal is still to bring glory to God. That means whatever great and lofty ideas we might have had since the start of this year; do not fear, just go for it. I saw a meme recently which stated

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Well, to this I say; 2020 is 6months away, don’t waste your OWN time.

#LiveOnPurpose

Mo 🙂

 

 

Happy 2nd Anniversary!

“Tell your story; yes, tell you story. Show your examples. Tell everyone it’s possible, and others shall feel the courage to climb their own mountains.”

Paulo Coelho

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Happy 2nd Anniversary to the blog!

I am super grateful for the opportunity to be able to write and put out creative work. It has been very useful and helpful in my personal growth to work on self-reflection and develop a greater sense of self-awareness.

Therefore, allow me to re-introduce the blog! Hello! Whether this is your first time reading this blog or you’re a frequent or occasional reader, you are all welcome! E4204B5F-3C15-403E-9D0E-745AC9622A6C

My name is Morenike aka Mo. I started this blog about two years ago after reaching a realization that I was entering adulthood and I was hyper aware of the fact that I seemed to have a lot of growing and learning to do. Anyways, this blog was sparked and I guess has been encouraged by two verses

  1. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will–his good, pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12:2 (NIV)

 

2. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5 (NIV) 

I am so excited to see the next steps this blog takes and the awesome things we as a community can learn. I personally have been challenged such that I pushed myself to writing and posting a blog post every day this past week. I have learnt that once you put your mind to something, truly you can achieve it.

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