Can I Get Jobs With National Diploma (ND/OND)?

Perhaps it's already clear to you that you can get a job with Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE). However, you may be skeptical as a National Diploma holder about the possibility of getting jobs with your qualification.

I'd met with a few admission seekers who were worried about jobs. They might have been told it's not possible to get jobs with OND. And if any, the job might not be rewarding. Another point of view is, ND holders seem "semi-baked" graduates, unlike HND holders. Hence, organizations will prefer HND holders and BSC holders over them.

This post is meant to shed light on certain misconceptions about National Diploma (ND/OND) and using it to get jobs in Nigeria.

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What's an (Ordinary) National Diploma (ND/OND)?

This is an award given to graduates from polytechnics and colleges (of technology or agric) after completing their (first) 2-year (full-time or daily part-time) or 3-year (regular part-time) academics at the institutions. The award is a fulfillment of academic and practical learning that may enable the holder to secure jobs or proceed with his education. Read more at Bsc, HND, OND, NCE, A'level: What are the Differences?

The Main Purposes National Diploma (ND) Serves

If you take note of the explanation above, there are two purposes ND can serve after acquiring it. 

  1. You can further your education with it
  2. You can secure jobs with it

In brief, to further your education with ND, you can obtain an HND form where you will spend another 2 years (on the full-time course) or 3 years (on regular part-time). You can also obtain the JAMB Direct Entry form through which you can secure a 200-level admission into any university of your choice. Through this, you will spend another 3 or 4 years depending on the duration of the course offered.

As to the purpose of this piece, a National Diploma (ND) holder can secure jobs with his or her qualification.

Generally, organizations - be it government-owned or private have provisions and positions opened to holders of National Diploma (ND) just like they do have for NCE, HND, and BSC holders.

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Job Opportunities For ND Holders

Below are quick references to job opportunities usually opened to ND holders.

1. Banking Jobs

There are occasions when banks will prefer employing young OND holders to their big brothers that hold BSC and HND. I recently got an insight into this. Banks will love using applicants that are still young, dedicated, and most importantly not distracted. See OND Job Openings/Vacancies at Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB)

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2. Company Industrial Attachment Jobs

Certain companies will prefer low-cost staff. As a result, they ask fresh ND holders to apply for their industrial trainee (IT) positions. These companies will pay stipends during the one-year IT and if convinced and where such trainees are ready to work, they may permanent them. See OND Jobs at P and G: Sales, Consumer Market Knowledge, Human Resources, etc

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3. Government Jobs

It's not uncommon to see governments employing ND holders. Vacancies such as recruitment into Nigerian Police, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Airforce, and related jobs usually favor OND holders more often than their SSCE counterparts. Scheme registrations such as Npower, P-Yes, OYES, etc. are equally open to National Diploma holders.

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As a holder of the National Diploma, you're employable by the government and private establishments for the appropriate positions. However, for official teaching, OND is not relevant or acceptable.

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