Sunday, April 15, 2012

The life of a corper at work...

Heyyy boos!

Been a little while, innit? For that, I must respectfully, humbly apologize from the berry bottom of my heart!!!

Can I just say that I CANNOT wait till my service year is over????? I am BORED outta my mind.

Granted, I didn't have high hopes or expectations when I started youth service. However, being with the company I was "so lucky" to get into, I thought this would be a good time to learn about a different industry than I'm used to. I thought I'd learn a bit, develop myself career-wise, and plant a foundation for future opportunities.

However, I go into the office and for the most part, I stare :-| I wish I was joking, but I'm not. I mean, there are days when I have stuff to do, but more often than not, I'm mentally counting the seconds until it's closing time.

One of the first things I did when I reported to my PPA (place of primary assignment), was tell my supervisor, "Hello, my name is Berry (not really) and I'm here to add value and learn. I have an MBA... I've been working for over 3 years. PLEASE make sure you give me real work to do - that's all I desire from this company. Thank you very much" And I meant it wholeheartedly.

But I've been disappointed. At this point, I've been at my PPA for 4 months, and I cannot tell you that I've learned anything substantial. Regretfully, I even feel ecstatic when they send me to deliver a document to a different department :( God, is this what I came back to this darn country for? Like I'm getting fed up here.

There are other corpers within the company who have real work to do... I envy them. However, there are some who are worse off than I am. They don't even have desks, so they just "float" around the office.

I'm thinking about switching departments. I thought I had a good strategy in asking my supervisor what I could help with every morning - but a 5-minute task only frustrates me more.

Some people have said that I should be happy since I'm essentially getting paid to do nothing. In fact, too many people have said it, and I just don't understand their logic. If I'm going to be doing nothing, I'd much rather do it in the house and forfeit the paycheck.


Can you tell I'm frustrated? I need to leave this country :(


  1. lol, would you have preferred being sent to teach?

    1. That's a good question!

      If the proper basic infrastructure was available to me, then truth is, I might not have minded. Maybe I'm a little idealistic, but what's so bad about passing knowledge to youngsters? With the state of teachers who can't speak proper English and aren't willing to put in the work, I'm sure I would have been a welcome addition to whatever school I might have been sent to... Just saying.

  2. sorry gal,,,i hate it when i ve nothing to do,,,,but thank God,,doctors are always too busy to even have time to get bored,,,they overwork them in naija,,,lucky me!