5 things to do before leaving school

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One of the biggest mistakes students make is avoiding the future. That is making no plans for after school or laying down foundations for post graduate life. Many times, you see graduates sitting at home even after the one year National Youth Service without potential jobs or side gigs and no money.

With the rate of unemployment, post-graduate life is scary. That’s why you shouldn’t be slacking! Here are a few tips on things to do before leaving school so you’re on top of your game after graduation.

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1. Save up

Whether you are in your first year, your last year or in-between, if you haven’t started, it is time to get on the bandwagon.

A little sum put away at intervals makes a substantial sum at the end of the day. Sometimes, the money is just not enough, we get that. Still, shaving a little off the top before facing your list of needs and wants, helps build a safety blanket.

This may help finance a start-up venture or provide sustenance during the dry after-school days.

2. Lay it all out

Things don’t always go the way we plan but trust me girl, it feels good to have a plan. Now, I am not just talking about relationship and marriage plans, which are needed. I am talking business and entrepreneurial visions.

Map it out. Map the road to those goals out too. Yes, things change, life happens, and sometimes we have to make some tweaks to our initial plans. Yet, it is necessary to have something to look forward to after school and to work towards them.

Your plan will determine how you work in school. Your grade points and your business life will also be geared towards those visions. Think this is too much work? Don’t, you’ll be thanking us in the future.

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3. Make use of the opportunity

If you plan on working within your course of study then being in school is the right time to become a member of the professional body of your course. Here’s a tip, it is usually cheaper to join professional bodies as students than as postgraduates.

Another thing to make use of is online courses. Most campuses have free or cheap WiFi access and most service providers have special plans that are campus oriented. Use this to your advantage and get a boatload of free or cheap relevant online courses without breaking the bank on data charges.

Business wise, you can use the opportunity to hone your skills, go online and improve your work. Though the workload might be bulky, students still have a great chance to fit in extracurricular activities.

So, rather than spending too much time partying it up (this is needed but it’s not a priority), carve out time to use what is available to you to get what you want.

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4. Squad goals

Yes! Start making friendships that will last a lifetime. This is the best period to build your support team and your squad.

You can figure out people of like minds, goals and visions, people with the ability to propel you. No haters, slackers or scrubs need apply. You need true friends to stand by you.

Friends whose lanes cross with yours, but never clash. This can be the foundation of an empire tomorrow. Squad shopping is slightly hard but not impossible. Making close-knit friendships post-school can be hard but in school you have lost of time for girls night out and everything in between. You get to plant, water and grow something beautiful —your squad.

5. Please LIVE!

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You know the saying, “don’t just go through school, let school go through you”? Live, savour every moment, do not zone out and do not go through school in a haze! Make sure your time in school is filled with memorable days.

Keep a journal if necessary (which is like totally necessary). Make mistakes and learn. Get yourself out of messes, dust yourself and go on. Let your school life be one massive “WHOOP!!!!” with a lot of “yays!” and a few “oops!”

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Go all round, do not be fixed, fit in, then stand out. Complicated, yeah? But no. There are places to fit in and there are other places where you need to do you. Be well rounded, academically, socially and spiritually. Make every moment count and have an amazing squad to share them with.

Finally, here is a toast to you for the amazing journey you will embark on.

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Webinar with Nene Mboweni: How to balance your business & your studies (Nov. 1)

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A lot of you Motherland Moguls out there are busy chasing that diploma, but you still have entrepreneurial dreams floating in your head between classes and exams. You’re wondering how to leverage your school network to get your business started and how you will balance it with your studies.

Introducing: Nene Mboweni who has started two businesses, Mkweni Groundworks and Nnua Cakes, all while forging ahead in her biomedical science studies. On top of this, Nene volunteers her time and is actively involved on her campus and around her community. Did she clone herself? How does she juggle it all and what are her future plans for marrying all these interests? We’re about to find out.

Join us for a 30-minute (don’t be late, o) webinar with Nene Mboweni on November 1st, 2016. We’ll be discussing what it takes to be a student with a side hustle and answering your burning questions about the entrepreneurship/student life. Register below to get the exclusive link to the webinar.

Some of the topics we’ll cover:

  • Turning your side hustle into a business
  • Networking on campus and beyond & leveraging your connections
  • Balancing your business, your studies & other responsibilities
  • Preparing for post-grad life when your studies don’t match your business

Webinar Details:

  • Date: Tuesday November 1, 2016
  • Time: 8:00am NYC // 1:00pm Lagos // 2:00pm Johannesburg

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About Nene  Mboweni

Nene Mboweni (21), matriculated in 2013 from Crawford College, in Sandton. She is currently enrolled at Wits University studying Biomedical science and to complete her final 3 years in Medicine at Wits. Nene works part-time at the Natalspruit hospital in Vosloorus on weekends and during her vacation. She is an avid baker and founder of Nnüa cakes an online virtual patisserie and decadent catering company. Not only has she done work for reputable companies such as Transnet, Vodacom and Primedia, she has collaborated with Jimmy Choo and Luminance on a luxury line of cupcakes and also worked with various high-profile clients and governmental organisations, having recently just done the 80th celebratory cakes for the late former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela’s wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

She is also the co-founder of Mkweni Groundworks, a women owned construction company providing services in civil engineering, Rail and other sectors. Nene has been featured in Forbes Woman Africa, Destiny Woman,  Cosmopolitan for a lot of the work she has done .

She is a part time tutor in science and Mathematics at Bophelo Impilo School. Nene is extremely passionate about education and contributes all of her profits towards providing bursaries for students on campus. She has incubated several community initiatives including but not limited to the Courageous Ladies and the AfriSun Trust.

 

 

Twitter Chat with Carmen Attikossie: Starting a fashion line with no money (Sept. 22nd)

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Ready to plunge into entrepreneurship but you have no money? Interested in starting a fashion line but not sure where or how to start? Wondering how to build your company while completing your studies?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you can’t miss this twitter chat.

On Thursday September 22nd, we will be chatting with Togolese-American, Carmen Attikossie, founder of Cartik, an ethical fashion line.

Follow She Leads Africa on twitter and use the hashtag #SLAChats to ask your questions and participate in the discussion.

Topics that we’ll cover:

  • How to take the plunge into entrepreneurship
  • Getting your company started with little to no money
  • Balancing your studies with a budding company
  • What it means to have an ethical fashion line
  • How to work with artisans, manufacturers and clients that are in various countries

Twitter chat details:

  • Date: Thursday September 22nd, 2016
  • Time: 1:00pm New York City// 6:00pm Lagos
  • Location: Follow She Leads Africa on twitter and use the hashtag #SLAChats

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About Carmen Attikossie

Carmen Attikossie recently graduated from St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA with a degree in International Relations and French. She is the founder of Cartik, an ethical fashion/ social entrepreneurship brand that works with artisans in Ghana and her home country of Togo. Carmen has a deep passion for Africa’s economic development and is currently working on growing and expanding her company.