Unemployment!, a social canker. Is it worth considering? The topic of unemployment has been a subject for scrutiny from many quarters. There are those that take the view that this very canker of society is the sole responsibility of the Government to create jobs. I thought seriously about it for long, why do some people have to spend approximately one-third of their entire life in school and come out jobless? The most agitated ones don’t stop there but move further to join a pressure group called “Association of Unemployment Graduates” with which they have a President. Others turn out to be engaged in social vices for survival. You can go on and one one of the problems this condition posed on the individual self and its threat to the general public at large. One could imagine how disappointed and frustrated parents or guardians will be when they see that their auspicious ward (investment) is producing no results (not yielding) or has turned out to be a white elephant.
Many social commentators have different ways of describing and prescribing solutions to this menace. The question is how well are this information doing in the minds of the teaming youth? Whether you like it or not, unemployment has come to stay since the inception of the erstwhile colonial education system and the so-called civilization which has its merits and demerits. Since then, the success of life battle has always been on the side of the fittest and strongest. As an ardent believer in possibility, I am actually aware that something must be done and the time to act is now! As a student leader and a Ghanaian who is aware of its environment, I am very humbled to submit to us how best and cost-efficient we can deal with this canker with ease without breaking the bank or dinning with any pressure groups. The last time I double checked, the notorious causes of unemployment is still the same, nothing more nothing less. The notable ones include overpopulation, lack of entrepreneurial skills and also lack of capital.
Although we may have an inherent aptitude for a discipline or a subject, any skill can be improved if there is a willingness to learn. We live in a world where the future is uncertain, and it belongs to creators and innovators. And that is why it is important that the leaders of our time take a key look at entrepreneurship on an “industrial scale ” in a manner of speech. Entrepreneurship serves as an excellent foundation for the types of creative and innovative ideas we need to succeed in the 21st century. A huge percentage of resources needs to be channelled into entrepreneurship to develop students on every side of entrepreneurship, from the developing stage through to the funding stage. It was time we bridge the gap between students and Unemployment. Granted, having skills can be developed through education or by mentorship. The latter which I define as ‘progress inverse’ is practically and timely doable which needs to be rectified now before your life endeavour crystalized to insignificance. The article seeks to point out a practical means to address the remedy for employment as a student leader.
In other words, we have a duty to play in securing and making our future successful, this is so because through history it has been the divine plan for man to be a master of his own destiny. How do we combat this? As a benevolent servant, I subscribe to the idea that every story has two sides. So, if you are the type that does not believe when it comes to WIN there is no harm in teamwork, you are not alone. There is an endless list of successful businessmen and women who have made it all alone. Instead of putting all the blame on Government for inadequate jobs to meet the supply, you too can make a difference. Although the government is the biggest employer, uncertainties are bound to happen and have you asked yourself what to do when it does? That is why it is incumbent on every graduate to think of a stop-gap measure. I know you need that descent house, that brand new iPhone, at least a family car and good time to spend with loved ones. We live to work and you cannot command these life necessities to fall from the sky. I know none of you come or goes to university with the aim of graduating to engage in social vices to put food on the table. As we go through the education process, the important question we must find an answer to is AFTER SCHOOL WHAT? From best practices within and abroad, entrepreneurship is the only tool for financial independence. If you want to succeed alone, start finding answers to the most important question before you graduate. The question is what then can we do as student leaders?
MARTIN ODIHENE OSEI-OTCHERE