Are You Really Unemployed| S2 E3

By Assandoh

Are you really unemployed? Am not sure you are. Being unemployed goes beyond not having a paid job to do. A lot graduates without jobs only wish they get jobs to do but they are not practically unemployed.

The best some could do for themselves is to criticize the government in power for not creating enough jobs, wail on radio or to form groups with others alike to pressure the government in power. Am sure that alone is a job for them.

In Ghana, there are countless number of these groups. You can talk of the Unemployed Graduates Association of Ghana, Unemployed Bonded Nurses Group, Unemployed Bonded Allied Health Professionals and on and on and on.

We live in a country where majority of the populace think their lack of paid jobs and good living is the fault of the government whereas others are finding themselves decent work to do. No one can ever wish of getting a job to do and get one. Employers don’t go searching for employees. It’s rather the vice versa. You need to actively look for job.

An unemployed is one who do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the past four weeks, and are currently available for work.

If we were to conduct a survey to look out for the number of graduates without jobs who are really unemployed, only a handful will be gotten.

Although a lot of graduates do not have a job and are currently available for work, they have relented in their search for work. You cannot relent in your search for job and expect to get a call from employers. Job search goes beyond sending a bunch of letters to companies and cruising at home; expecting employers to read your CV’s and give you a call. It hardly happens.

A colleague engineer shared with me how he had a time table for job search. He used to write speculative application for jobs, periodically went for follow ups and wrote follow up letters. Today, he has found himself a job in a big processing company in Ghana whiles three-quarter of his mates rots at home claiming there are no jobs.

There are two ways of getting a job to do in Ghana; that is, to actively look for job or to actively blame the government and everyone that comes in mind for being responsible for your joblessness. The choice is yours.

The writer is a Nurse, a Blogger and a Health and Career Coach. He has been a resource person at countless number of conferences and students platforms both on health and career developments.  For Health or Career Counselling and Speaking Engagements, contacts (+233)  0505167698


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