By Okiror Olivia K
WE all pray for the day to come when we won’t have any more exams, coursework and assignments ever again… but when that moment actually comes we simply don’t know what to do any more….
It is that time again…..GRADUATION season .A lot of excitement from all angles. The Graduants and their guardians, Boutiques, Hawkers, Photography studios, Restaurants, Event organisers (for grad parties), the list is endless….This period is simply a happy one for very many people both direct and indirect beneficiaries. As a student, you dream big – to finish your education, graduate, work with a large organisation and, perhaps earn a good wage………….
Graduating is a great achievement. A milestone that surely deserves an applaud. It’s not easy to study and graduate especially without any retakes. I can attest to this since I personally graduated a year ago from the prestigious MAKERERE University. The whole process is expensive, time consuming, a lot of sacrifice is required but it’s worth it. After the big day……………then what next???
Yes you graduated probably with good grades maybe a first class. Yes you have the papers but no job. You probably think the first class is a ticket to a job but NO its not. It even gets more frustrating when you feel you have the papers but cannot just get employment.
Many graduates have fallen into depression as a result of getting disappointed after a billion and one applications made to the different organisations but all in vain….what next?
Adapting to life after graduation can be very stressful for many, but it is yet another step on the ladder of life. Of course life after graduation is not necessarily going to be worse, but it’s normal to fear the unknown… And to be fair, there is no ‘Guide for Survival in Real Life’, no recipe for a successful future or a “happily ever after”. From now on everything depends on you – the choices we make and on the paths we embark on.
Sad but true today in Uganda, one of the biggest issues include youth unemployment. A study, published by Action Aid, put youth unemployment at 62%, although the African Development Bank says it could be as high as 83%.Very disturbing facts. What can be done about it is the question here. Personally I think a few measures need to be adopted like; right from school students need to be sensitized on career choices and given a chance to personally decide what they want to do; the idea of self-employment must be emphasized a good example would be involvement in agriculture which has proven to work as seen from the current Miss Uganda.
I take this opportunity to ask the government to come out and openly address this serious issue of youth, unemployment by probably create more jobs, increased educational quality, micro-finance loans and promote investment schemes that are transparent and non-corruptible in order to ensure that the help offered is properly distributed to the youth for the benefit of the country toward achieving development.
And to the unemployed youth out there do not wait to be employed, instead get creative and create the opportunities and maybe request for funds to start up.
Writer is a Social Scientist
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Life after graduation