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Why 2020 was a year of sifting for 2021

2020 was a year where anything that could shake did. And if you survived that, then you should be walking into 2021 stronger!

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Listen Linda, if you survived 2020 you should be walking into 2021 stronger!

Listen Linda Gif

It was a year where anything that could shake did. So, now we’re standing in the rubble.


“What fell away?” you may ask 

Lukewarmness, faithlessness, fear, facades, along with all the trappings that come with trying to save face. 

2020 humbled us, revealed life’s truths to us, showed us who was really for us, and most importantly it showed us that we are in control of absolutely nothing. 

We learned that we were vulnerable and needed something bigger than ourselves to pull through.


Life as we knew it was over

Life as we knew it stopped and living life in quarantine forced us to deal with the things we were running from – the things we were using parties to tolerate, and the things that were just plain not going to make it with us. 

Stripped bare, we now had to meaningfully and diligently rebuild a more powerful and authentic expression of ourselves. Everything we thought mattered suddenly didn’t and we had to go back to the grassroots of faith, family, love, and unity.


How will we move forward in 2021?

So here we are on the cusp of 2021 with renewed hope and drive – determined, in the wake of 2020 – to set goals, dream big, and make plans. 

We realize now that the shake was necessary; old things needed to fall away – behold all things are now made new. With mustard seed faith, we seek to press on and venture into 2021 determined to slay the giants of lack, unemployment, singleness, low self esteem, self rejection, hate, bitterness, unforgiveness, and resentment. We’ve decided that 2020 made us better and we are determined to rise from it’s ashes in 2021 like the phoenixes that we are. 

Happy New Year resilient ones, welcome to 2021!


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The reality of job hunting for today’s university graduates

Final year is done and it’s time to go into the world of work and start job hunting in your respective field of study.

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Finally! The last semester of final year is done and it’s time to go into the world of work. You get your resume done and start job hunting in your respective field of study. 

But then your spirit starts to sink as you realize a month passes with no responses. Two months, three months, a year and still no responses. 

You might be wondering what you did wrong? Your resume is great – I mean you probably even got it revamped by a professional. You graduated with honours. So what’s the problem? 

These are all feelings I’m all too familiar with. This is the sad and sometimes depressing reality of job hunting for university graduates today.


Job hunting can get really discouraging

Terri-Karelle, in a video posted on her instagram page, highlighted the struggles of job hunting for young people. 

“Sometimes you do everything right, sometimes you get the grades, sometimes you have the qualifications but there is no job offer. You do the interviews but you still don’t land the job.” 

The entire process can get very discouraging. Sending out multiple resumes, dressing up for interviews only to be declined is exhausting, to say the least. It can also take a toll on your mental health. Thoughts of sadness and failure rushing through your mind are enough to drive you insane.

Sometimes when you look and see that all your friends are getting jobs and you’re the only one in the lot still struggling to find work, it hurts. You end up feeling discouraged, thinking maybe you’re the problem.


Your lack of work experience and age can be barriers to landing jobs

It is no secret that the requirement for years of experience is a major hindrance to graduates fresh out of university. Many companies require that their prospective employees have three or more years of experience in order to qualify for any job. 

The reality is that many graduates leave school without having any work experience. Because they were juggling school and extracurricular activities, most graduates simply didn’t have the time to gain relevant work experience. Some may have done internships but most times this isn’t enough for some employers.

On the other hand some companies flat out reject applicants because of their age. The applicant may meet all the qualifications necessary to land that job but because they’re “too young” they are rejected. 

According to them your youth renders you unable to effectively carry out the required task of the job. Forget about the fact that most times these are entry level jobs which are best done by the very young people that are getting rejected. And what’s funny is that these employers are usually strong “advocates” for youth development.


So, what do you do?

In the same video Terri-Karelle later asked “What do you now do? How have you developed yourself?” 

The reality is that while job hunting is discouraging and depressing you shouldn’t give up. It’s in this seemingly dark and low point in your life that the perfect moments to work on yourself appear. 

Take the time to learn a new skill, language, or enhance talents you already have. There are quite a few platforms that provide all the resources you need to develop yourself – like Linkedin, Skillshare, Udemy, Google and good old Youtube.

You can’t throw your hands in the air and vow to never apply for another job. Not now. Not when you’re so close. Continue to press for jobs, even the ones it looks like you aren’t qualified for. Just keep pushing.


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