In the late nineteenth century, the working class was in constant struggle to gain the 8-hour work day. Working conditions were severe and it was quite common to work 10 to 16 hour days in unsafe conditions. Death and injury were commonplace at many work places and inspired such books as Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and Jack London’s The Iron Heel. As early as the 1860’s, working people agitated to shorten the workday without a cut in pay, but it wasn’t until the late 1880’s that organized labor was able to garner enough strength to declare the 8-hour workday. This proclamation was without consent of employers, yet demanded by many of the working class. Read more here
After the completion of NYSC, thats when you realize that all the ” bring your CV to me when you through” was just a mouth warming exercise.
— john adewale (@johnadewale16) April 25, 2016
We all get disappointed by uncles that told us to bring cv after nysc. Lol. It’s like a rite of passage.
— The Captain (@Headbobba) April 15, 2016
Uncle: Finish NYSC n bring ur CV
X: Uncle, I had my POP y’day
Uncle: You’re still young. Go n get ur ACCA, ICAN, CFA and Masters
— Jöey (@_JosephUdofia) April 15, 2016
— NESG (@nesgnigeria) April 29, 2016
This article by Isaac Asabor paints a clear picture of the Labour Market in Nigeria.
Most of these self-acclaimed recruitment agencies are wont to drop names of reputable organisations in order to hoodwink unsuspecting and desperate job seekers who are often fleeced through different guises. It could be through payment for form, processing fee, CV design fee and various spurious names invented to rip off job seekers.
The labour market is in this crisis due to the abysmal negligence and levity being exhibited by the government at all levels. In other climes, the issue of spurious employment agencies ripping off vulnerable youths would never come to play as there would have been statutory measures to nip it in the bud.
Moreso, it appears governments have literarily conspired not to create jobs for the unemployed. Or how else can one explain the prevailing state of laxity from government quarters, so to say? Today, most businessmen are frustrated from businesses as a result of epileptic power supply, unjustified and multiple tax payments to virtually all levels of government and prevailing high interest rates charged on money borrowed from banks. Given these militating factors, how would it be possible for the private sector to create jobs for the unemployed and an in turn keep themselves and their family members away from the biting effects of the harsh economy?
I suggest you take a moment right now and think about the following. How many hours have you actually spent learning about what you do? How much time have you invested in educating yourself? How much money have you invested in your chosen business? How much has getting to this point cost you?
So when should you work for free?
- You Can Have Access to the Very Best in Your Industry
- You Can Learn Skills You Couldn’t Learn (or Not So Quickly) in a For-Pay Job
- You Can Have a Title You Couldn’t Qualify for Otherwise
- Your Free Work Will Give You Leverage for a For-Pay Position
- You Just Really, Really Love What Your Work is Doing
“Follow the dreams of others and you will receive a paycheck. Follow your own dreams and you will never check your pay.”
― Vincent Lowry
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