Sun, Aug 28, 2016
As they go about chanting government-bashing mantras, do the unemployed youth have the skills it takes to be employed in both Self-employment and Paid employment?
Does it matter whether one knows what they want to do or is it considerably useful when one aimlessly and randomly wants to do anything? Do you want to work on something or do you just want to work?
After “Tell us about yourself”, “What can you do?”, is the most dreaded question for anyone going for an interview.
Is this dread logically justifiable or is it only "hormonally" justifiable, as the usual adrenaline reaction for any interviewee?
In Africa, it seems logically justifiable! Many don’t know what they want.
I agree, passions are as fluid as how water fits into the container in which it is put, but there’s always a unique template of passions. Awareness about this unique template is what is lacking among many individual’s lives here.
In Uganda, where I am currently living, ask a student who is completing university about what they want to do after university, and you will get a 99% statistical skew towards the, “anything” response.
Much as that 99% figure is a hypothetical and biased statistic of mine, I believe it is arguably true given the ever increasing, less biased statistical numbers of unemployed citizens, most annoyingly and surprisingly, university graduates.
We have a low employability that is largely and logically translating into high unemployment. Who would want to employ someone who does not know what they want to, or can do? No one!
I can immediately hear the silent, complaining utterance in your mind that, “I would employ myself”.
For your information, self-employment, however rosy and freedom-laden it sounds and looks, it is the one that mostly needs someone who knows what they want to, and can do.
Self-employment is not a realm for blind tinkering and adventure. You could try blind adventure in Paid employment and succeed. Don’t try this at self-employment!
Of course there are other equally considerable causes of high unemployment, like nepotism, poor economies, inappropriate and or outdated education curricula among others, but one ought to take initiative to uniquely contribute to their livelihood by discovering what they can do efficiently and joyfully.
I am however considerate enough to know that discovering what you can do best is not an easy thing to do given the pervasively inefficient and pathetic environment most Africans study and live in.
I however encourage us to hang on and be the fire that loves the wind, so we could be lit. Viva Africa!
Edrine Habasa is an autodidact bridge engineer, dialectician and knowledge enthusiast. He's also a debunker of falsehoods as he champions the truth.