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#Office Blues; Dear Blog Reader; The 'Not Good Enough' Syndrome.

Good morning guys! 

I'd said I would be MIA today but I really feel the need to do this. 

There's a reader who has so much fear about moving back to Nigeria and getting a job, but her greater fear (which she repeatedly talks about in Open Keypad posts) is that she made a 2.2 and will therefore never get a job or good opportunities. 

Everytime I see her comment (I think it's a her. The reader is anonymous but I always know her comments) I get really worried, as in, terribly worried. While a 2.2 is not exactly the best grade to have left school with I know so many people who made 2.2s that are doing just splendid. 

There's a blogger who made a 2.2 that's working with General Electric, a multi national that generally accepts a minimum of 2.1, but in truth she's very smart. She hasn't let the 2.2 stop her, and she's risen in the rungs since she joined G.E only a few years back. 

Another reader also once commented (some months ago) that she made a 2.2 and I think she also added that she's not a Masters degree holder but she's currently heading the Legal department of a very big company, known to all. (If you read this I'd like you to leave a comment, please). 

I also know people who made 2.1 that have really shitty jobs. I know someone who made a 2.1 in law (1st degree and law school) and is presently earning about 30k a month. Some don't even have jobs yet. 

Is there anyone here who made a 2.2 that's working a good job and earning a comfortable pay check, or do you know someone who is? Please let us know. Also tell us what can be done to make the 2.2 more 'acceptable'; Masters? Internships? Etc. 

To the blog reader, I'm trying to get you to see that people get great jobs regardless of their grades. 2.2 or not. Or do I begin to tell you about people who made 3rd class that have awesome jobs? A friend of mine with a 3rd Class and an even poorer grade from law school has a job that would get most people salivating. I know of one who heads a department in one of the biggest Multi Nationals in the country and he wastes no time in telling you that he made a 3rd class but he didn't let that be a limiting factor. 
     This brings me to my point; Your problem is not that you made a 2.2, your problem is that you think you're not good enough and you're limiting yourself. You are indeed good enough and you need to get rid of that mentality/mindset that the only way you can get a good job is to make a 1st class or a 2.1. While its awesome to have left school with those grades, you're wrong to think that. 
    This self-limitation may be the ruination of you. Months ago you made this same comment about not getting a job because you made a 2.2, as of last night you're still standing at the same spot you were months ago. Do you see that you're stopping yourself from moving ahead? You're your own obstacle. 
     You can always try to get a Masters degree if you don't already have one, and work at 'smashing' it. LOL. Also it might be helpful to take some professional courses. Find out other ways to boost your chances of getting your dream job and stop focusing on the 2.2 that you made. 

*This should in no way encourage any student here to relax and settle for anything below their goals*


  1. I know a guy who graduated with a 'pass' and he is currently a GM in a leading Insurance Company.
    I graduated with 2.1 and have a masters, still I am underpaid due to factors that are not my faults. I get all the 'well done', 'that's a great one', 'you are highly professional', 'I am well pleased with your deliveries'....etc but I just earn below a lot of guys whom we graduated together. This is just saying that your grade point is not enough to guarantee you the kind of job/pay you deserve; neither should it stop you from reaching the zenith of your chosen career.

  2. Good morning blog visitors...I graduated with a 2.45 in a it possible to enter for my hnd cos am scared....

  3. Well, I read the anons comment yesterday & was a lil bit shocked...
    This is Nigeria hon, most companies deal on connection while others hire based on what u can DO & have to offer!
    I know someone who left school with a 3rd class & now heads a Dept in Shell here in P.H WITHOUT any professional certificate nor higher degree when she was hired.
    ALL the 3 jobs i've had since I left school paid above 70k, I have NO NYSC cert & Yes, I graduated with a 2.2 too. Had to work, do pageantry & school. LOL
    Once I serve, I Pity Nigerian companies cos I will sleep in front of their offices until they offer me a job I WANT & DESERVE!

    So please Darling, Come back to Nigeria if u must, Go for service & activate ur doggedness, I swear, U'll get a befitting job.

  4. Hey Thelma, I was the one who made the comment, I just want to tell you a very big thank you. I was really feeling bad yesterday. Thank you for making me feel better, I definitely have a big sister in you.

    P.s I just finished my masters programme today, results in December. ..thank God

    1. I'm glad you're feeling better. And Yay! on your Masters, you see you're already on the right track. I'm sure you'll be fine. *Hugs*

  5. Poster do not let your result put you down. I am a living testimony. I graduated with a 3rd class degree but today by the grace of God I am doing very well than most of my mates who had better results. I just added some professional certificates to my result and I am moving. I never let the result deter me for one day. Soon i would be joining one of the best media house in the country.

    First time on this blog and i must confess i am so loving it

  6. I made a 2.2 and works with an international firm, I head a department with about 100 personnel and manages 3rd party contracts that is above 1bn. Can't write more than that but the 2.2 was never an issue for me, it is part of the faithfulness of God.

    I have recruited people over the years and never focused on the class of degree, focus is on smart people with impeccable integrity. These two attributes cannot be hidden and I have not gone wrong in all the selections.
    The selected candidate will still be trained so there less emphasis on whether it is a 2.1 or a 2.2.

  7. Exactly, most companies that hire put you through their own training. Getting the job is about how you present yourself during the interview and how you perform in the tests. Personally I think the grade thing is done to scare weaker minds off. As long as you believe in yourself and you know you have something to offer your grade limit you. Me and majority of my friends finished with 2.2 and they're doing great. Being a 1st class graduate doesn't even guarantee you a job in naija. I have a friend who who was the dullest in his class and barely graduated, now the guy who used to be his class rep that finished with a 2.1 is his pa.
    I think what you should even concentrate more on as you're outside the country is how you can bring in some foreign exposure and ideas to start your own thing. Why do you want to slave for another man's biz when you can build your own. Although work experience is good, I'd advice you to consider the other option. Your only limit is your mindset, work on it dear.

  8. My sister in law was telling about her new job today, she had a 2.2, no masters. Her new job pays her 250k. Plus a lot of other benefits. They paid her housing allowance before her first salary and she used it to buy a car. Only her housing allowance paid for the car

  9. While everybody is talking about jobs that pay, dear blogger have you thought of starting up your own biz and be the boss paying others? it might just be the best.... u have access to be better technology and facilities, do ur research on services u think we might need over here in nigeria and how u can meet them. Now i know it sounds easy but setting up and all might not be so easy but determination, focus n prayer it can become a big reality. think about it.

  10. Lol @ this 2.2 person. Seriously, its not about your grades in the least. Please package yourself well and set your mind to what you want to accomplish. I probably fall into the 3rd class categorg - 2.4 on a scale of 4. Same system my MBA Gpa was 3.8. I had a fantastic job with a very big multinational criss crossing the Arab world starting at $120k per year 2 years after graduation with my bachelors. Grades matter when you let them mean a thing.

  11. Honey, when I was in school, peeps mocked me dat I was studying a shitty wasn't a professional course they said. when I graduated with a 2.2, ah I was told that to get a job with my shitty degree and under the carpet grade was going to be he'll. Most interviews I went for I did better than the 2.1 peeps, but of course I wasn't given the job cus I didn't know one oga at the top. But alas, God finally smiled at me, after doing shitty jobs for 2years and 7months, my present company called me for interview, I did very well and was given the fantastic job.
    All dem saying I had a shitty degree and shitty grade run to me to ask for one help or another. My dear, a lot of peeps buy d so called 2.1. Just believe in yourself and let your faith in God never waiver, and see God give u what u could ever ask for or think.
    Come home, u will get something fantastic.

  12. Hi Thelma, I see what you're saying, having had a 2.2 myself, and rarely letting it weigh me down... But I also see where the blog reader is coming from. Most of those people you are making reference to probably got the job because the company either belongs to their dad's friend, or their sister"s boyfriend's uncle. I am not saying all o... I am just saying that the likelihood that many of them got in from knowing someone who knows someone is high.
    Without any connections, it's difficult to apply for a job with other competing candidates who have very impressive academic achievements, and be offered the p,ace over them. I thnk that's what the blog reader's concern is.
    But having said that, I think gaining lots of work experience (paid and/or unpaid), getting involved in extra curricular activities, and generally working on one's personality would work positively in their favour, regardless of your grade.

    1. "Most of those people you are making reference to probably got the job because the company either belongs to their dad's friend, or their sister"s boyfriend's uncle. I am not saying all o... I am just saying that the likelihood that many of them got in from knowing someone who knows someone is high".

      I disagree with the above, pretty damaging mindset that has kept people down, some to the point of depression.

      While it is the norm in some organizations, long leg or connection cannot get you into where I work (actually almost the entire industry where I work), best help you can get is being shortlisted as long as you are qualified. You must pass the aptitude test and make it all the way to the interview stage. What people don't know is that it is an open game at the interview stage, the job can go to anybody. This is where prayers for favor comes into play.

      People must find excuses for failures when all that is sometimes required is some efforts on their part. My observation is that many people have no clue as to how to get a job, not to talk of a dream job.

      I hired six folks late last year and never knew any of them from Adam, they were all shocked to have made it through to a job that pays 500k monthly. We discussed the need to do things right during their orientation and pretty sure the lesson will remain with them forever. You cannot teach integrity if the selection process is warped.

      Bad employees will ruin any organization, not just by being lazy but also by demoralizing the rest of the team.


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