Are You Employable?
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.
Everything we do is a result of our 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.
Many years ago, I was interviewing Makerere University graduates for a management job, I was shocked by the fact that none was qualified enough for the job.
Back then, I was only a first year student who was less than 2 decades old, I had no degree and my CV was still weak but I had done many things that even graduates might not have been 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, can’t defend themselves in an intellectual argument, spend time cramming lyrics to a song instead of reading an informative journal or column in the papers, can’t construct a correct grammatical sentence, spend too much time watching movies instead of buying a book or novel.
It’s sad that we keep blaming the education system instead of blaming ourselves. The actual fact is that we spend too much time doing irrelevant things instead of investing in personal improvement.
Common sense will 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 everyday, 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 in this changing world of employment and it’s also a sure way to guarantee job security.
So, the real question remains — Are you employable?