My National Service Story: Claude Aloriwe

Claude Aloriwe is my name and I studied Accounting at Accra Polytechnic, Ghana, West
Africa. I had my service during the 2009/ 2010 service year at the Ga West Municipal
Assembly in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.

Like most Ghanaian students, I had no say in my national service posting. Fortunately for me, the place of my posting was in the Ga Municipal area which was very close to my home. Some of my colleagues were not so lucky and got posted to places where they had to search for accommodation, transport themselves and get immersed into an entirely new community.

The national service system does not alow you to be posted to the place of your choice which is reasonable since it will be unrealistic to give in to the wishes of all students graduating nevertheless the worst experience for most students is being posted to a sector which has no relation to what you studied in school. It is argued that the essence of national service is to serve your country, which is true but I believe you can serve your country while gaining experience in your chosen field as well. In spite of these challenges, I still believe the National Service affords students opportunity to gain valuable work and life experience.  I worked directly under the internal auditor of the Ga Municipal Assembly and all I had to do was to apply my book knowledge on the job. I practicalized exactly what I was taught in

In spite of these challenges, I still believe the National Service affords students opportunity to gain valuable work and life experience. I was fortunate to be posted to work directly under the internal auditor of the Ga Municipal Assembly and all I had to do was to apply my book knowledge on the job. I practicalized exactly what I was taught in school and it helped me to build a good CV. That for me is one of the best parts of the service, gaining relevant work experience and finally putting the theory I learned in school into practice.

For me, my national service year was very fruitful despite the fact that the service allowance was very small. I ended the year ready and eager to compete favorably on the job market. I did not get the opportunity to be employed at my place of service nevertheless, I was able to apply the lessons learned on a new job.

I will advise all service personnel to work hard where ever they are posted to and who
knows, they may end up being employed at those places and will not have to struggle to
look for a job afterwards.

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