Encouragement for graduates

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CONGRATULATIONS to the many graduates who received their merits and awards in yesterday’s ceremony.

Almost two thousand students from the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) graduated with certificates, diplomas and degrees from the various subjects and courses.

This is a proud moment for their families and a fine achievement for these men and women.

With that we would also like to take this time to congratulate everyone who have graduated yesterday and also congratulate our local University in ensuring this programme goes on despite the hiccups of weeks past.

Unfortunately it is sad to note that with current circumstances in the country, landing a job will be no easy task.

Not everyone who graduated yesterday will be able to find a job directly under in his or her field.

Many will find themselves end up in jobs which they had not been trained for, and thus will experience having to learn while on the job.

However, this shouldn’t be seen as a form of discouragement.

Of course job is scarce though there are a number of formal employment out there.

The number of demand and supply just doesn’t match.

Because of that, we should look with an open mind on how we will go about our next phase in life.

Not every one of us will be lucky to find a job immediately and not every one of us will fulfill our dreams the same time.

The only thing that will keep us going is our determination to succeed.

A part of the life cycle has been complete when we graduate. What next?

The road ahead will be tough and there will be times when we fall, but don’t give up.

The worst part is getting up in the morning knowing there is no money to get us through the day, nor food to sustain us in the day.

But whatever the plight, don’t give up.

The time has come for us to start doing things for ourselves.

Let us not expect much either from our leaders or parents. Be the change we want to be.

The future of our lives lie in our own hands.

Where there is a will, there is a way.