Unemployment rate stressful

2015-11-19 06:00

To our jobless nation, one of the many gifts you receive in life that can never be taken away is education. Coupled with hard work and determination, education enables you to dream any dream and become anything you set your mind to.

But the unemployment rate in South Africa is appalling and it makes me wonder what the government is doing to eradicate the problem. The statistics sound fantastic to those who have jobs but are painful to those who have completed their degrees and are struggling to find employment. The rising unemployment rate continues to affect those who are financially deppressed, but it’s favourable to the minority who are financially well-off and politically motivated. For many students who have just graduated, the job market is really depressing. It would seem that finding a job is more about who you know than what you have studied and learnt at a tertiary institution. Many of our parents have sacrificed their lives for our academic progress. But we are not getting jobs because people hire family and friends.

Also, young people are driven by a “what’s in it for me?” mentality, and think of volunteering as hard work for nothing.

With the rising unemployment rate in South Africa, I would advise the youth to settle for whatever comes their way, to gain experience.

Most jobs these days require some kind of experience. It doesn’t matter if your degree was cum laude or not. What most employers want is experience.

As we pursue our studies, let’s also seek practical work in the fields we want to venture into, even if we don’t get paid for it. You don’t have to get paid to gain experience.

We must all acknowledge that there is no growth without any challenge. Over time I have learnt that failure is only real if you embrace it and stop trying. Try and be an eternal optimist and chase your dreams regardless of the situations you may face along the way.

Zintle Gqoloza via email

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