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Welcome the 1st Semifinal Debate Thread of the 1ST JARUSHUB & HOTPROFORUM.COM ONLINE DEBATING COMPETITION.

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The Topic: Work Experience or Postgraduate Studies, Which is Better for a Fresh Graduate to Pursue?

The Debating Teams

JARUS CAREER CLUB 2 (JCC 2) was created in May 29, 2016 on WhatsApp to mark Democracy Day and we had Jarus giving tips about how to navigate the different industries in Nigeria, the group has been very lively ever sense.

JCC 2 is represented by:

1. Lead Debater: BrainyWritings 

2. Supporting Debater: MagReuby

3.Reserved Debater: kuljoe

JARUS CAREER CLUB 4 (JCC 4) was created in May 29, 2017 on WhatsApp to mark Democracy Day and we had Jarus giving tips about how to navigate the different industries in Nigeria, the group has been dynamic and lively, showing a lot of passion and interest in JarusHub activities.

JCC is represented by:
1. Lead Debater: Aimngulde 

2. Supporting Debater: Drlateeph

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1. Jacob

2. Mayowaak

3. Aishatu

4. Majente

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Now, it is time for JCC2, Lead debater, BrainyWritings to make his presentation on the topic.

Over to you.
Getting Work Experience Is a More Productive Route to Landing a Job for a Fresh Graduate, Not Acquiring Postgraduate Degree

It is common knowledge that qualification gets a job seeker the interview while work experience lands this individual the job. The extent to which this notion is valid in the Nigerian context cannot be under-emphasized. The fact that the education sector in this country is moribund lends further credence to the stance that getting work experience improves the employability skills of a fresh graduate much better than acquiring a master’s degree. In most — if not all — Nigerian universities, students only gain theoretical knowledge not practical knowledge. The level of education in the country is abysmally low; a large number of Nigerian graduates are not employable. From the foregoing, it is clear that a fresh graduate that has few years of work experience, either through internship, volunteering, or part-time jobs, has better employability skills and more job prospects than the one with only a postgraduate degree and no work experience.

Strong Connection between Work Experience and Practical Knowledge

There is a strong correlation between work experience, practical knowledge and skills. Most Nigerian students only gain theoretical knowledge on various aspects of their fields in schools, but in the real world (life after school) there is a wide gulf of difference between “studying it” and “doing it”. Except for fields such as academia, research and development (R&D); acquiring postgraduate qualifications are not really a sure means to boost one’s chances of getting a job. In a study conducted by a team of researchers in University of Uyo in 2014, using the data collected from Nigerian graduates with first degrees and those with second degrees, these experts were able to deduce that there is no significant difference between employability of these graduates in the labor markets. While the research only focused on the South-South, it supports the notion that most employers place a higher value on work experience than they do postgraduate studies; this is why the study, which was done using statistical analysis, showed higher level of education (beyond the first degree) does not really translate to better job prospects. Experience cannot be taught in schools, it is only garnered on the job and the level of one’s expertise on a field only improves as one practises on the job; since practice makes perfection. No years of advanced studies can replace this.

Acquiring Postgraduate Degree Is a Sure Means to Over-qualification

People often cite the erroneous notion that a fresh graduate should pursue postgraduate studies for higher remuneration in lieu of work experience. In this country, a number of employers of labor in the private sector turn down job applications from graduates with second degree because their firms cannot meet up with the financial obligations of holders of such advanced qualifications. To the chagrin of a second degree holder, they are placed on the same salary scale as a first degree holder in private firms. Thus, the advanced qualification that graduates obtain during their postgraduate programs is just another bit of paper.

In 2014, then minister of finance, Dr. Okonjo Iweala stated that no less than 1.8 million graduates seek employment in Nigeria on an annual basis. She obtained her data from the National Bureau of Statistics. A fresh graduate that decides to go for an advanced degree — thinking this step will set them apart from the large crowd of unemployed graduates — instead of seeking work experience, is only doing a disservice to their career. After completing these postgraduate studies, they still have to compete stiffly with other job seekers, some of which have previous work experiences or have sat for professional exams. A fresh graduate, who is not interested in academia and research, should rather strive to garner work experience by working for a private firm or in the public sector, by doing internship with a company in their line of study, or by volunteering to work in a firm. All these will ensure that this fresh graduate gets useful hands-on experience, which cannot be taught within the four walls of a classroom. Also, this is why a leading career portal in the country, Jarushub, and other career consultants recommend that fresh graduates tow this path — and not just accumulate academic qualifications, which may not be worthwhile in the foreseeable future.

Times Are Changing

In the past, many companies used to train their new recruits on their formal role. However, today every firm is trying to save cost; most companies now prefer job candidates with related experience in a specialization, not the ones that have advanced qualifications. This is because these firms recognize the truth in the saying of Albert Einstein that “the only source of knowledge is experience.” In the labor market, what really sets job seekers apart from the multitude of other applicants is work experience not postgraduate degrees; because apart from paper qualification, employers are really interested in how the knowledge and skills of an applicant can contribute towards the growth of their firm.

Qualifications are important to get a job, no doubt. But what is more important is work experience. After getting a first degree, a fresh graduate should strive to garner work experience by working in a firm, doing internship, or volunteering. At this level in the life of a fresh graduate, when their career is just at the nascent stage, they should pay more attention to working for a company whose ideals match their career goals — even if the pay is not so high. In doing so, the fresh graduate can garner much needed experience, which is invaluable and yields higher remunerations in the nearest future.


1. Asuquo Austin Effiong and Agboola Bolapeju Mary, Nigerian Universities Outputs and Their Employability in the Labour Markets in South- South, Nigeria, American Journal of Educational Research, 2014, Vol. 2, No. 12, 1244-1249, Available online at http://pubs.sciepub.com/education/2/12/18.
2. http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/1578 ... weala.html
3. https://www.connectnigeria.com/articles ... xperience/
Thank you BrainyWritings for that brainy presentation. I wonder what the opposing team have in store for us.

Aimnguide is the Lead debater for JCC 4, you now have the floor to make your presentation, over to you.
Good day My Judges, co-debaters and my esteemed audience. My name is Abubakar Ibrahim Ngulde, a graduate of Chemical engineering and lead debater for group 4 which is supporting the motion that to support the motion that postgraduate studies rather than work experience is more better for a fresh graduate to pursue and below are my point why I think this should be so:

Postgraduate studies gives the pursuant a certain level of academic exposure that he/she might hitherto not have earlier experienced. This is because at this stage, you have a chance to study dedicatedly and extensively a particular area of interest you were not opportune to focus on during your undergraduate days. Another level of exposure postgraduate studies avails you with is the experience of having a very close contact and relationship with your course lecturers. It gives you the much required time to have a one on one student lecturer relationship that has become almost non-existent in our current educational setup in the country.

Specialisation: Another reason why postgraduate studies has an upper hand to work experience is the level of specialty the former gives than the latter. postgraduate studies usually restrict you to a field, making you a master of a few, rather than an average in many. Such specialty comes in handy in the work place when you are job seeking as it is going to be plus to your problem solving capability. An example of this can be made of medical doctors, whom when fresh out of school are mostly just general practitioners but with further studies become consultants in a particular field. Specialising in a particular field ensures that problems are attended to, by the best hands on ground rather than someone whom has just a peripheral knowledge of the field. Furthermore, during your undergraduate studies, several modules have been taught some of which were appealing and other you've dreaded. An aggregation of the two factors above must have hindered your performance at your optimum capacity because there are obviously some things you're good at and others which you're not. After your undergraduate days, you must have understood yourself well enough to specialise in a field that appeals more to you which you wouldn't have the chance to immediately you start working.

Postgraduate studies gives you a wider range of opportunities:
Every company wants to hire less hands that will do an superb work efficiently and this can mostly be attained by a highly skilled personal in the field. Postgraduate studies makes you fit into a role perfectly as you should without being required to be further trained unlike a fresh graduate whom will require being trained in a particular area to function effectively in his/her workplace. Postgraduate study also eliminates the burden from the company of having to train and retrain you for the role you've been hired for.

Non-flexibility of work environment to pursue postgraduate study:
Immediately after graduation and you get hired by a company, all your time and energy is expected to be focused on fulfilling your job responsibilities. This is not even minding the fact that sometimes, desperate out of school, round pegs might be fixed in a square hole to make ends meet. In such instances, one may end up doing what he doesn't enjoy, for a lifetime and leaving you with little or no time to tailor your skill set towards your chosen industry. As an example, If a chemical engineer who is more interested in working in a soap and detergent industry finds himself accidentally in a food processing industry, his/her employer may decide to make him pursue courses related to that field even though it does not pique his interest and would lead to job dissatisfaction as time goes on. Due to this Non-flexibility in the work environment, a swift pursuance of a postgraduate degree would come in handy

The iron is best preferred beaten When it's still hot:
Fresh out of school, your brain is still performing at its optimum due to the rigours of the academic environment and is more likely to cope with postgraduate study rather than abandoning it now only to be pursued later in life.
Thank you for your time and attention and I do hope that my points above here are enough to sway your attention towards considering a postgraduate study first rather than work experience as a fresh graduate.
Thank you for that great presentation Aimnguide.
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