Unemployment is no longer the problem but the mindset

2014-06-25 07:02

We often have too many talks about unemployment being one of the biggest challenges South Africa is facing. Many complain that there are not enough jobs in the country and I am not disputing that in any sense. I have seen graduates unemployed and their reason for being unemployed being justified to not having the right qualification.

Is there such a thing as the right qualification? Maybe there is but I beg to differ.

South African youth do not have the right mind-set towards their development. With the right attitude you can teach a person anything. I want to address this mind-set issue with my own brothers and sisters. I want us to think about how a black man have been conditioned to choose careers based on money. How we have been misled as a black community to think that there are lots of opportunities that await us in the fields of science, technology and engineering? I am saying black because I had never seen a white engineer unemployed yet I have seen a lot of black engineers with no jobs. I have seen young black people who went to good schools with great opportunities who end up being unemployed.

I am not a subject expert but I came to a simple conclusion that kids should be encouraged to do what they love instead of boxing them in  because if we do that we will continue as a black community to have graduates that are unemployed.

Unemployment is no longer a problem but we need to change our complete mind-set towards education and development. It is the same mind-set that makes us as a country to have incompetent public servants. It is our duty as a community to encourage our sisters, brothers, sons and daughters to have an entrepreneurial mind-set when it comes to their careers and take ownership for their development.

Do not rely on someone else to make opportunities for you. Create your own opportunities.

I think we have completely missed the point of education if we think it only entails working for someone else. It goes way beyond that. True learning is not only what happens inside the classroom but the application of what has been taught. South African youth need to stop relying on government for jobs and opportunities but drive their own success.

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