ADVISE : Graduates, How Employable Are You?
Waking up is the best thing next to eating, the thought of food can be overrated but so is the smell of it. Life has many things to offer apart from love, sadness, and happiness. Ours is a world of transformation, the age of diversity, socialism and multiple freedoms. As Graduates, everything you do is a result of your own choices, and so is unemployment. But the main question in line is, are you employable? Can you be employed? I have come to realize that it’s no longer about the weight of the CV, and I have come to terms with it.
Last week, I was interviewing Makerere University graduates for a management job, I was shocked by the fact that none was qualified enough for the job. I am just a first-year student who is less than 2 decades old, I have no degree and my CV is still weak but I have done many things that even graduates might not be able to do. Well as you might have a degree or a diploma, do you have what it takes to be employed.
The problem is that we have graduates who can’t pose a question.
We have graduates who can’t defend themselves in an intellectual argument.
We have graduates who spend time cramming lyrics to a song instead of reading an informative journal or column in the papers.
We have graduates who can’t construct a correct grammatical sentence.
We have graduates who spend too much time watching movies instead of buying a book or novel.
We have graduates who spend their savings on alcohol and in bars instead of investing for better outcomes.
We have graduates who can’t even greet their superiors, they resort to “hi” instead of good morning?
We have graduates who can’t even make a report.
We keep blaming the education system instead of blaming ourselves. The thing is that we spend too much time doing irrelevant things instead of investing in personal improvement.
Common sense wilk not accomplish great things. Simply become insane and desperate.
–Lord Naoshige in Hangakure: The book of the Samurai, Yamamoto Tsunetomo, 1659-1720.-
Learn a new language or a new game, reduce your TV time, have priorities, read a book or the papers, be up to date on issues of relevance, use the internet rightly, interact with people, get yourself a mentor, take on a new course, make it your goal to learn something new every day, sleep with caution. Don’t be the graduate who can’t defend his papers, the world now wants to see you at work hence your papers only come second to first impressions.
Long story short, make yourself employable it’s the only way you can remain relevant for a very long time…