Yes, employers no more run after graduates. Gone are the days where employers were present at career fairs and graduation ceremonies looking for whom to sign up for the next big position. Those days are no more. The days where being unemployed is only a sign of laziness because you can just walk into the labour office and get work to do.
Today, the joy that used to come with being a graduate is no more. The ready market that used to be available for them has already vanished into invisible particles.
Skilled graduates after going through years of education and internship have to hibernate in years of unemployment before later getting some work to do. It looks like that’s the norm now. It’s been like a stage every graduate must go through.
Government has placed embargo on employment on key sectors that used to absorb a lot of these graduates. Also the private enterprises are not employing much, due to lack of capacity and poor economic thrive in the country.
No wonder in January, 2018, about 84,000 youth applied to be employed in the Ghana Immigration Service whereas only 500 were expected to be selected to join the service. This shows the alarming levels at which the country’s unemployment rates has gotten to. There are more graduates than the available vacancies.
Nevertheless, in spite of all these challenges, a lot of graduates are finding jobs to do. The reality is, it isn’t that there are no jobs, but the available jobs are not enough to absorb all the graduates that are churned out every year.
There is now what I will term as, “Competition for Jobs”. The 21st Century graduate has to be able to compete for the limited vacancies available. In the Ghana Immigration Service recruitment example cited above, no matter what happens; even if a million youths apply for same, there will still be the lucky 500 who will be selected into the service.
To be part of the 500, you need to distinguish yourself from the numerous ordinary and be the spotlight of the recruiters. Today, it’s not just okay to be a graduate with set of potentials but we need to be able to compete on the job search market in a manner, that will make us the spotlight of employers.
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