Hello beautiful people in our various campuses across Nigeria. How you doing? As you know, the Industrial training is the SIWES scheme organized by the Nigerian government to provide the avenue for students in institutions of higher learning to acquire industrial skills and experiences in their course of study, strengthen employers involvement in the entire educational process and prepare students for employment after graduation. In view of this, we have come up with a few things you should know as you prepare for your Industrial Training. If you’ve started your I.T, this post is for you as well. Enjoy!
Time: 3-6 months is not as long as you think it is. If there’s anything we’ve realized, it’s that time is not just flying, it has picked up speed.
Set realistic, personal goals you want to achieve and follow through: If you have a side hustle or hobby, this is the best time to focus on and develop it. But you need to be specific about what you want to do and how you want to do it because 9-5 is more stressful than it seems. Our previous post “new year’s resolution” has the step you need to help you with this.
Read through school work: IT is just about practicalizing what you learned in school. So in as much as you’re going to get more knowledge, you shouldn’t go in blank. Go over the basic terminologies. Better still, do a crash course on all your courses before you start. You will be taught mostly based on what you already know so the more prepared you are, the higher your chances of learning and experiencing more.
Prepare yourself mentally: Going to a new place is always intimidating. You need to calm yourself down and prepare to meet the unexpected.
Learn basic work ethics: Most of these things you already know but some work places have different rules that, whether you like it or not, you’ll have to adhere to. Talk to your superiors or whoever is in charge of you and your work before making certain decisions like leaving work before the stated closing hour, about days you won’t be able to clock in and anything you don’t understand in general to avoid misunderstandings.
Character is everything: Good character is more profitable than any amount of knowledge you do or do not have. Your character will determine how much you will learn because not everything will be taught to you formally and bad character will keep you from seeing the little things that matter and that you need to know.
Choosing a place to apply: Someone said “pick a place that pays or pick a place you’ll learn things that’ll be beneficial to you. If you can’t get any of those, pick a place that has Wi-Fi and transport fare is at a minimum.”
We couldn’t have said it better.
- It never hurts to get some extra cash and as previously stated, you’ll learn even what you aren’t formally taught. Win-Win situation.
- Get paid in free Wi-Fi. You can research on what you’re learning, learn some more and even have spare time to work on those hobbies/ side hustle you’ve been meaning to work on.
- Minimum transport fare. Money might not always be available as often as we need it especially since you might not get paid at your work place. If you work closer to home, commuting everyday will take off some of the stress.
Develop a cordial relationship with your superiors and colleagues.
Jot down before filling your logbook: write what you learn daily/ daily office activities in separate jotter before transferring them to your logbook. The advantage of this is that your log book will be void of errors and you can use your personal jottings to prepare for your SIWES report and presentation.
One of the aims of Siwes is to expose students so they have an idea of what’s obtainable in their field of study outside the classroom. This means you may find yourself in a place with the latest equipments, machines and technology. Do well to take pictures of those new things you see. These photos may be added In your Siwes report.
At the end of your I.T, do well to sign all the necessary clearance and get your letter, or whatever the organization gives to you as evidence that you have completed the program.
For more information about the SIWES scheme, kindly check their website at https://www.itf.gov.ng/
It’s a wrap guys! Did we leave any vital point out? Let’s hear your thoughts on the comments bar.
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Written by Lois Samari
Edited by Victory Salami