Congratulations to all who around this time period are being knighted with the power to read by their respective school administrations. It is that season, where universities set forth graduates to life after school. What follows soon after, is the journey called life.
The subject in question is welcome with definitive answers by a few; I run a manufacturing start up, a firm of architects, and so on and so forth. However a significant majority struggle with this question: What do you do, nowadays? You could sense a lack of direction in our young people. Especially if not placed, or having being placed in a job they are not proud of. A huge portion of our labour force remains unemployed or, under employed.
This makes a lot of them doubt their sense of self-worth. Someone went through 4-6 years of theoretical classes with little if any practical experience then reality strikes. Aside from this certificate, what do I have to offer the universe? Our institutions have yielded a generation lacking in the essential skills set needed to develop an economy & create job opportunities.
Man or woman; arm yourself with the right attitude and encompass yourself with the right company. Take on the universe by the horns. Grow some vegetables, sew some clothes, take advantage of AGOA trade relations, it has at least 9 years before it is repealed if ever. Search out for opportunities in Manufacturing, Agriculture, ICT wherever. Grab yourself a mentor and walk this journey, show up for conventions, talk to people, apply for jobs, I mean whatever suits you, do it.
If you dread the results of a Trump presidency, acquaint yourself with Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia or whichever country that is willing and open to do trade with Africa and analyze if there an opportunity for you to explore?
The world is experiencing a global revolution. With that come a lot of uncertainties & a sea of opportunities. Get out there and do something. In order to be successful, you need to have an open mind, formulate great networks and conduct research. I would strongly advise against sitting there and trading blaming with any institution. You are now a grown up. Take responsibility. Until we speak again, I am your host Mitchell Odhiambo. Welcome to a man’s world. To get a female perspective on this, please click HERE to read my colleague Lillian’s views