Today’s labour market is characterised by people seeking employement in offices instead of creating jobs.
This, according to Ethan Musolini, a motivational speaker, has not helped fight the high unemployment rate in the country which stands at 3.5 per cent.
Youth unemployment stands at about 32 per cent while unemployment for degree holders is a worrying 36 per cent.
“Schools have not equipped students with practical skills to be innovative and neither have the parents played their part in teaching their children the importance of being self-reliant,” he said recently during an entrepreneurship training and career guidance workshop recently.
The workshop, organised by the Muljibhai Madhvani Foundation, was aimed at equipping beneficiaries with the necessary skills and abilities relevant to today’s competitive labour market.
Musolini advised graduates to find what they are passionate about and turn it into income generating ventures. These, he said, could be a talent like singing, dancing, arts, playing football among others.
“Secondly, look around and see what problems people are facing or complaining about and provide a solution at a fee. For instance, if people in your neighbourhood are complaining about garbage, collect the garbage at a fee and dispose it off safely instead of waiting for KCCA,” emphasized Mussolini.
Ms Beatrice Apoto, the Foundation’s administrator urged beneficiaries to draw lessons from what they have been taught in the workshop and put the knowledge in practice.
She welcomed new graduates from Uganda Christian University into the Madhvani Foundation Alumni Association, telling them that it is important to join such clubs as they help them network, meet new people and get new ideas.