Curbing Youth Unemployment Through Empowerment

Avatar Winifred Ahupa
Member since April 10, 2015
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  • Age 28



Youth unemployment is one of the most talked about issues in the world, aside from climate change. I, for one, know what it feels like to be unemployed.

The feeling of listlessness and the endless hours that stretch into weeks, months, years and at some point it feels like you are good for nothing. Because at every job interview you attend, the job is either already taken, or you do not have enough experience or you are overqualified! It is crazy when I attend an interview and the reason for not getting the job is “over qualification!” I bet employers are running out of excuses to give to interviewees- nevertheless, it is their company, so they have the final say who gets in and who doesn’t.

Now, since as youths we have a lot of responsibilities to ourselves, families and countries, we tend to underestimate our role in the society, which is probably the most important one. We have underplayed our roles in fields of politics; we should become aspiring entrepreneurs instead of mere workers. After all, we are the rising sun. With this being said, I would like to suggest three things that can be done by young people and the government to reduce youth unemployment in my country, Nigeria.

Youth Empowerment

Youth empowerment is an attitudinal, structural and cultural process whereby young people gain the ability, authority and agency to make decisions and implement changes in their own lives and the lives of other people. Youth empowerment goes a long way - besides reducing the chances of unemployment it also eradicates poverty, reduces crimes, increases good governance, gives room for better education, and increases national growth and technological development. Unemployment is likely to be history with the help of youth empowerment.

Have you ever participated in any youth empowerment programs? What was your experience?

Skill Development and Acquisition

The Encarta Dictionary describes a skill as the ability to do something well, usually gained through training or experience. Skill acquisition on the other hand involves the development of a new skill, practice or a way of doing things, usually gained through training or experience. Skill development is the process of strengthening the skills of youths so that we know how to effectively make decisions, positively interact with our peers, and act as community advocates. It helps in employment generation, diverse job opportunities and self-employment. The importance of skills acquisition in third world countries, especially Nigeria, cannot be overemphasized. We should know that a skill empowered young person is a job creator!

As a youth, what skill do you wish to learn or what skill(s) are you good at that gives you financial independence?

Dream Big and Work Hard!

Martin Luther King once said “I have a dream” and he worked hard to fulfill his dream. It is one thing to dream, it is another thing to work towards achieving those dreams. People that get in the habit of dreaming will accomplish those goals because they have the right mindset. We need to look at life with the perspective that nothing is impossible. Dreaming big will open us to possibilities and we will achieve more. That being said, we should note that being a big dreamer doesn’t mean we should walk around with our heads in the clouds. It means we are seeking a purpose for our lives and it means we are becoming fulfilled in the process of achieving it.

If you were absolutely guaranteed to succeed in one goal in life , large or small, short-term or long-term, what would it be? What great goal would you dare to dream up if you knew you could not fail?

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