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Top 4 Lucrative Jobs For Nigerian Students On Strike

After giving the federal government of Nigeria an 80-days warning strike, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will yet embark on another three months strike. This is coming after the negotiation between the university staff union and the federal government ended in a deadlock. This action will yet again keep university students at home as the federal universities across the nation will continue to remain under lock and key. 


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Many Nigerians have lamented that keeping children grounded at home on the account of the industrial action is like a disaster waiting to happen. The famous aphorism that an idle mind is a Devil’s workshop comes to the fore when thinking of teenagers staying at home doing nothing. It has been acknowledged that strike periods are times when youths engage in one social ill or another. Studies have shown that when young people are not productively engaged crime rates tend to increase. Therefore, it has been recommended that these children need to be engaged as the universities are under lock and key. Hence, this article suggests the top four most profitable jobs for students on strike.

  •  Teaching 

Teaching is one of the simplest jobs for students who are on strike. If you are on strike, taking up a teaching job, either part-time or full-time, can effectively engage you while you increase your income and keep your brains active too. You can either apply to primary or secondary schools within your neighbourhoods. You can as well take up a teaching job in tutorial centres where students are being prepared for national exams such as WAEC, NECO and GCE. Also, asking parents to employ you as their ward’s private home tutor can be very ideal for you.  Apart from teaching regular subjects, you can teach digital skills online and earn yourself good money. As a university undergraduate, your advanced university knowledge is your selling point.


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  • Freelancing

According to Investopedia, a freelancer is an independent labourer who earns wages on a per-job or per-task basis, typically for short-term work. Benefits of freelancing include the freedom to work from home or a non-traditional workspace, a flexible work schedule, and a better work-life balance. Also, in simple terms, freelancing is when you use your skills, education, and experience to work with multiple clients and take on various assignments. Freelancing is a very ideal job for students on strike. Most freelancing jobs are digital, and some of them include writing, ghostwriting, website design, graphics design, software developer, writer, translator, photographer, web development, freelance writer, editor, website content writer, etc. If you have the skills, you can register on various freelancing platforms such as Fiverr and Upwork.

  • Errand Services

During this strike period, you can offer errand services to busy professionals and seniors. Errand service is a very lucrative job that can earn you six figures if you are willing to work. The reality of today’s Nigeria is a very busy one. People are especially busy and don’t have time to do simple household chores. The truth of the matter is that 


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more people would be getting busier than ever. This reality is making the business of errand services to be more viable and among the best jobs in Nigeria. There are clothes to be washed and ironed, groceries to be picked from the supermarkets, children to be looked after, and food to be cooked and served. The reward, take care of other things within the home and probably the office as well. These piled up unattended responsibilities are business opportunities striking students can take advantage of. There are several ways to go about becoming an errand service provider in Nigeria. You can reach out to errand service companies in your locality. Simply google them and reach out. You can as well reach out to neighbours, church members and relatives who can pay you for your services. 

  • Dry Cleaning 

Dry cleaning services are another lucrative job you can start up independently and it is very cheap to start. With your home appliances like pressing iron, a good table, wrappers, detergent, starch, dye, buckets and so on, you can start a dry cleaning service. All you have to do is to reach out to neighbours who know and trust you. Offer them top-notch services and ask them for referrals.

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Nnaemeka is an academic scholar with a degree in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a creative writer, content creator, storyteller, and social analyst.

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