There are numerous conditions and factors in our environment today that weary young minds graduating from higher education institutions. The fact that these same institutions produce a large number of graduates each year, combined with the already overwhelmingly large population in the labour market, is discouraging, and it is now common knowledge that most graduates do not expect to find work immediately after graduation. Even connections once regarded as a viable link no longer function as they once did.
This is due to the private sector being the largest employer of labour. And are only interested in hiring people with the necessary skills, those who can deliver and bring in profits.
SMEs in Nigeria account for 48% of national GDP, 96% of businesses, and 84% of employment. According to the NBS, SMEs account for approximately 50% of industrial jobs and nearly 90% of the manufacturing sector in terms of the number of enterprises.
Although factors abound that can tire the mind; but with the right guidance and tutelage, you can stand out. The key is to have the necessary skills. Whether you are employed or starting your own business, having the requisite skills will provide you with the leverage.
True, the challenge is enormous. It is also true that you cannot continue to ponder and live in the challenge. People are still changing jobs and rejecting job offers despite the high unemployment rate. As I previously stated, the key is to become skilled.
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Why you may not be employable
Employability refers to a person’s set of skills and personality traits that enable him or her to work in a company. Employability has four competences;
- Educational Qualification
- Technical Skills
- Soft Skills
The Perkins Collaborative Resource Network aggregates these competencies into applied knowledge, effective relations and workplace skills.
Most people believe that having one or two of the above characteristics and competence will make them employable. Most graduates automatically assume that having a degree is sufficient to find employment. This is not the case. In today’s industry and corporate environment, one must perform their job roles by using technology and working with people requires that you possess soft skills while maintaining a basic IQ.