Ololade Olatunji: While the experience is waiting (Y! Superblogger)
The fact remains that there are jobs everywhere, people don’t occupy positions forever, they retire and are replaced and this cycle continues on and on.
One of the things that baffle me about job vacancy pages of newspapers is the years of experience they require from applicants vying for specific positions. Unfortunately, new job seekers don’t have a job let alone experience. So where do they fit in? A youth, as far as most people is concerned, is deemed a misfit if he doesn’t make efforts to go to school but or learn a trade, where are the jobs for even the educated ones?
Unemployment is seriously devastating. Some armed robbery cases are masterminded by graduates who had to do something to pull through poverty. People do a lot to send their children to school; some sell their pieces of land, houses and even clothes. And after going through the hurdles of school and searching endlessly for jobs, they resort to crime. Most of these people are breadwinners who had to do something to save their indigent families. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t support those who venture into armed robbery on account of joblessness.
Growing up, we were made to understand, that one of the essential duties of the government is to provide jobs for its citizens. Later on, we sadly learnt that these ‘promised’ jobs are no longer automatic, that is, one is not 100 per cent sure of getting them after school. The fact remains that there are jobs everywhere, people don’t occupy positions forever, they retire and are replaced and this cycle continues on and on. But the jobs are reserved for their choice candidates (eligible or ineligible).
The number of jobs is infinitesimal to the number of graduates in the country. Even before graduating, people reel out a list of places they want to work in; banks, multinational companies etc. Fine, a good one but what do you do when those dream jobs aren’t forthcoming? This is where talent comes to the fore. One of God’s invaluable gifts to mankind. Your talent if discovered and harnessed can fetch you money and fame. It is quite funny and interesting to know that people earn a living from posting stuffs on social networks (Twitter and Facebook especially) from the comfort of their homes. Nowadays, the rate at which people coin jobs from social media is alarming and commendable. These are people who have resolved to be their own bosses.
And for those who are not cut out for the Twitter thing, there are other viable businesses you can venture into. Just start with something, with whatever is available. Be creative, identify your market and channel your resources towards it. Understudy professionals in that line of business. What do they have that you don’t have? What do you have that they don’t?
One more thing, income might be unsteady at first, that is; you might make little this month and so much next month. That shouldn’t get you frustrated. Keep your focus, be consistent and watch yourself become extremely big. Jobs are created to solve people’s problems, you also can create one to wipe out other people’s tears.
Olatunji Ololade is a writer, online publicist and a blogger. She blogs at www.loladeville.blogspot.com and tweets from tweets @loladeville_
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