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HOW EMPLOYABLE ARE YOU?

 My name is Joan and I am a graduate of a Nigerian university. I graduated over eight years ago

and have built a successful career in Statistics and Business Analysis. After gathering learning experiences from around the world, I returned home last year and decided to take a course at one of the Nigeria’s foremost universities.

 

My career pursuit has earned me the opportunity to study diverse curricula and study materials which has made me fully equipped for an intellectual journey, but was highly disappointed by the time I resumed at my class because not only was the curriculum more than 10 years outdated, the faculty lacked a modern perspective to the business needs of the 21st century.

 

Finally, it is all starting to make sense.

 

I had been hearing about how unemployable Nigerian graduates are and how the co-existence of talent scarcity and large army of unemployed is posing a recurring challenge to human capital planners.

 

The challenge becomes more dire in developing countries especially in Nigeria as it is beginning to emerge that this uncomfortable co-existence has some structural under-tone. A part of those structures which have become clear is that people who ordinarily look unemployed may not have the right skills and competencies to really become employable. Both government and private sectors struggle for answers to the issue. In particular, section five of the national Economic Recovery and Growth Plan set out a space for people issue including employment. Any solution with an eye for sustainability and effectiveness should ensure that people have the right skills and competencies relative to the specifics of labour demand for them.

 

The implication of this analogy is that the skills and competency requirements by organizations and for anybody wanting to be a player in organizations in terms of providing their services as labour, would be reflective of all the dynamics of environment, technology, global happenings. This will ensure that the skills-set possessed by players each time must be in alignment with the labour requirement for the productive capacities. An individual therefore as a potential employee is adjudged to be a good fit if his skills-set and competencies match the current requirements of potential organisations that will employ him. It is at this point that he is adjudged to be employable and his employability index resonates with this match.

 

Now, our challenge:

·         Are Nigerian youths employable?

·         What are the employability indicators? (What skills/competences are "a must have" to get gainfully employed?)

 

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