With the opportunity I had to interact with many graduates, I gained insight into the thoughts and mindset of many youths towards the problem of unemployment in the country. They lamented on how many suffering students go through in the university in order to obtain their Bachelor or Master’s Degree, and yet have nothing to show for it in the end.
As a result of this, some of them concluded that education is overrated since many uneducated people eventually became successful. They majorly place the blame on the government for not providing enough Jobs for youths.
Nevertheless, there is a way out of every situation. Although we expect the government to provide employment to a certain level, the average Nigerian graduate ought not to place him/herself at the mercy of the government. It's almost impossible for the government to attend to the needs of everyone. In fact, it's unrealistic to think so.
If we ever want a change to happen in our lives and the country at large, then we may have to shift our focus and our mindset from the government to ourselves. Education is not an end, but rather a means to an end. Education is a means of exposure. We don't necessarily have to depend on the certificate obtained only, but also focus on other values that the exposure we had can fetch us.
We currently live in a country where we don't have to expect our certificate alone to earn us a living. When we make ourselves valuable, people are ready to go to any length to pay us for the value we have to offer. The secret to adding value to oneself is by discovering our areas of passion where we have the greatest potential of adding value.
Whatsoever a man loves to do, that he is willing to do even without being paid, that is passion. Whatever we are passionate about, we have a chance of pouring our energy and creativity into. This is exactly what makes people stand out in any field, and this is a potential source of wealth. We've gotten to a point where we have to stop depending on the government, but rather discover what we can do and pursuing it with all of our resources, energy and strength. It’s high time we begin to learn and develop ourselves.
No man is born empty. There is something within each and everyone one of us that is capable of making us great in life; a value, an idea and a potential that can fetch us value (money) and make us valuable in return. Rather than searching for jobs, is it not better to be an employer of labour? Even those who are employed are lamenting on how inadequate their pay check is, in meeting their needs.
At the end of it all, I realize that the solution to unemployment is not without, but rather within us.
By Mercy Daramola
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