Here I am, two months after my MD thesis defense. The euphoria is gone and reality has set in, I need a job, I need a house…well truth is I just need money to start my life. After 7 demanding years, moving to the next stage of life is a very tricky one. However this got me thinking, I love writing and I have a computer…. Blog!! ( EUREKA moment! lol).
While looking for a job or thinking of going back to school, this is the time to discover what other things you can do with your time, explore your hidden talents and share them with others. Some of these talents can earn you extra cash. Here are a few ideas
When you volunteer, it shows you are passionate about something and money isn’t all that matters to you (yeah, I know I said extra cash! lol).It gives you a place to be, people to interact with, and a regular routine. Look at it this way, it’s a plus on your Curriculum Vitae and most employers will hire you because they know you’ll get the job done with integrity. Some good organisations to volunteer for are HERO Cameroon, MSF.
Create a blog or YouTube channel
So you love writing, GREAT! You do a lot of DIY, PERFECT! Create a free blog, the most common free blog domains are powered by wordpress, blogger. Creating a YouTube channel is free too. You can actually make some extra cash from this! Imagine sitting behind a laptop for a few hours every day and making money ( la vida loca!).
Learn something new
Is there something you always wanted to learn, but never had the time? Here’s your chance. Maybe learning how to cook, braid hair, dancing, driving lessons, swimming, using Microsoft Excel or some other cool software. There are so many cool ways to learn all of this. As some people always say, ‘Google is your friend’.
Take a free online course
If you have access to a good internet connection, you can take an online course. There are so many sites out there such as Alison and edX. You have a wide variety and you learn at your own pace, plus you’re getting knowledge for FREE!
Start a business
Depending on how much you may have saved through out medical school, you can start your own business. From being a charcoal supplier to ladies who roast corn/ripe plantains at the roadside to owning your own event decor business, there are so many opportunities out there.
These are a few ideas on how to stay busy while waiting, the good news is even after getting a job or going back to school, you can still do some of these. What are your thoughts? Drop them in the comment section below.
You can’t get much done in life if you only work on days when you feel good – Jerry West