Now that graduation is over, many graduates are moving from door to door, brown envelope clutched under their sweaty armpits, for the fear that the sweaty palms, coupled with the accumulated dust will ruin the neatness.
At least 400,000 graduates (including s6 leavers joining the work place) are produced each year at the various public and private universities thanks to liberalization of education. Unfortunately, projects registered by the Uganda Investment Authority show that only 150,000 jobs are created annually leaving an estimated 250,000 potentially jobless.
Youth in Uganda are an undeveloped power; we are largely ignorant of our own capacity, often without inward guidance towards our vocation; we are unadjusted to the society in which we must find a place considering we take up 70% of the population.
Full of energy and aspiration, yet we do not know how to expand the one or realize the other. Because our education system has made it a point, that we aspired to be professionals, studied particular subjects, our energy focused on achieving that dream of being a doctor, lawyer, journalist.
Even the job market teaches specialization in what you do. Now many are finished with school, only to be vomited out by the same education system and the specialized employment sector that taught them the things we know.Left to search for employment, yet one studied to become a doctor, the job market dictated that the only way to become a doctor is through medicine school.
“Youth is possibility; that is its charm, its joy, and its power; but it is also its limitation. ”
“George Eliot has pointed out a striking peculiarity of childish grief in the statement that the child has no background of other grief’s against which the magnitude of its present sorrow may be measured.”
Many employers want experience, how do you ask me for 3 years experience when I spent my childhood waking up at 6 am to go to kindergarten and specialize for the job market says so, so when youths whine about unemployment, they have nothing to compare to the grief they feel after all the years in school.
I challenge employers to recognise that good employees are made in the workplace and not in the classroom, to incur the cost of training youths to fit the kind of employees that they are looking for.
The necessity of working gives society steadiness and stability; when a large population of 70% youths are freed from this necessity, irresponsible mobs take the place of orderly citizens, and the crowd of idlers must be fed and amused to be kept out of mischief, this is the dilemma that Uganda is facing.
The daring schemes of youths enlisting themselves under the National Association of the Unemployed (NAU) with others branding themselves as “poor youths” “Unemployed youths” depicts a disgruntled constituency with capacity to endanger national security. Soon this will be breeding ground for anger and frustration that many harbour.
(And who would blame them?)
Others blame the absence of vocational training in higher institutions of learning, which instead promote elitist education as opposed to pragmatic skills. Vocational institutions teach the hands on kind of work, skills that would put icing on our “professional” courses we offer.
My solution to youth unemployment is focus of diversity, of the education system in terms of programmes,why can’t i offer physics and also study history? there should also be diversity in the job market.
I challenge fellow youths to pick interest and pursue things you love, be the doctor that paints for you love art, be the lawyer that writes fiction because writing is your passion, be the social scientist that finds vehicle mechanics fascinating, you never know when these passions could come in handy. But most importantly pick an interest Banage!