These Are The 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For In African Youths


By Andrew Christian


According to the World Bank, youths account for 60 percent of the jobless in Africa. In North Africa, the unemployment rate is at 25 percent, with even larger numbers in countries such as the DRC, Senegal, South Africa, and Nigeria. There are about 200 million people between 15 and 24 in the continent, making it the largest population of young people in the world. In most African countries, youth unemployment occurs at steam twice stronger than that for adults, according to the AfDB, with young women feeling the sting of joblessness more than the male lot.

But African leaders are doing all they can to battle unemployment. In Senegal, 200,000 people join the labour market each year, which is the outcome of the program launched by President Macky Sall in February 2013 to create 30,000 jobs within a year and possibly, 300,000 by 2017. With financing from the African Development Bank, self-employment programs for youth and women are also ongoing in Senegal.

Africa’s unemployment statistics don’t include those in vulnerable employment and those who are underemployed in informal regards. Truth be told, most young Africans land jobs, but not in places that pay them well, help them develop their skills or provide a measure of job security – hence, underemployed. According to the Washington-based think tank Brookings Institution, under-employment isn’t a problem serious enough to warrant greater attention, since it masks the reality in countries that post low unemployment rates. In the DRC, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, Uganda, Senegal, Mali, Malawi, and Ethiopia, more than 70 percent of the youths are either self-employed or contributing to family work.

The figures can be scary, and governments can be blamed for the situation. But what part do African youths have to play in landing the dream job? Of course, it’s more than just sitting at home and waiting for your president to sign agreements with international employers so you would have a six-figure salary. While there are many untapped opportunities in Africa, the professional social network.

LinkedIn has compiled a list of skills that have the most job-landing potential in 2019. Who better does it than the base of experts itself? Rather than stressing different problems – which as of now looks futile – we need to recognise that tech companies such as Facebook, Google, IBM, Apple, and others are on the lookout for SKILLS. If they weren’t, then they wouldn’t ask job seekers to not bank on their college degrees. Yes, to get a job in most of these companies today, you don’t need to have a degree. You need to have skill.

The guys at LinkedIn discovered that employers nowadays are on the lookout for workers with both soft and hard technical skills, and went on to match them with free LinkedIn Learning courses for potential candidates. So, they have taken it as a point of duty to help out in evening by getting to know the skills that make you a job magnet.

Five Most In-Demand Soft Skills Of 2019

1.Time Management

There’s a popular African cliche which says that time is money and that it waits for no man. Or is it African? Well, one thing’s for sure, employers want to hire people that know how well to manage their time, especially in their job areas. There is a cornucopia of books out there that teach you how to be effective with time. Meanwhile, here are free courses that LinkedIn want you to take.

2. Adaptability

Take it from me, employers don’t want to have to put up with persons who would complain about a new job months after they get hired. All job roles are not the same, and that pretty much tells you that you need to discipline your mind and body to adapt to the dream job situation you find yourself in. Nagging doesn’t help – at least not often. To get into a job environment in one thing; to fit into it is another.

3. Collaboration

It could be a wrong guess, but there is hardly any CV today that doesn’t have a section which says that the candidate is a team player. While this has become rather too monotonous, the moral lesson is that job seekers need to learn how to collaborate. Most employers don’t want you being a lone wolf or solitary worker who doesn’t give a heck what other employees think. In most work environments, it is all about teamwork.

4. Persuasion

This is not some Mother Confessor type of persuasion, neither does it have jack to do with hypnosis. The power of persuasion is truly a skill, one with which you convince who to do what at then and so. There are startups out there who have the best ideas but don’t have the ability to persuade investors to fund those ideas. Not only is this a critical job skill, but a must-have if you are ever going to make people see reasons with you in other life aspects.

5. Creativity

This isn’t meant to scare the barnacles out of you, but, very soon, robots will start doing your job. But in as much as these metal mashups can perform certain tasks better than humans, they cannot be as creative as. Take a look at all the great ideas making money all over the world. Aren’t they all from the stables of creative thinkers? Employers would rather hire creative talent than have to pay someone who would just follow directions.

Five Most In-Demand Hard Skills In 2019

1. UX Design

With websites launching from every nook and cranny, people are going to need UX designers to help create quality, spellbinding content that will put smiles on their customers’ faces. User Experience is not cakewalk nowadays, but thanks to the establishment of tech hubs and computer centres, these skills can be learned for free.

2. People Management

There are different kinds of people in this world, and when dealing with customers, employers would rather have a people person by their side. Why else did Bobby Axelrod hire a shrink for his stock trading company? By the way, that’s from the movie series Billions. People, when managed effectively, turn not just customers, but assets to a company. That’s why companies need people managers.

3. Analytical Reasoning

Analytical reasoning refers to the ability to look at information, be it qualitative or quantitative in nature, and discern patterns within the information. It involves deductive reasoning with no specialised knowledge, such as: comprehending the basic structure of a set of relationships; recognizing logically equivalent statements; and inferring what could be true or must be true from given facts and rules.

4. Artificial Intelligence

Need we say much? AI is unsurprisingly the number two on this list. If you have a knack for advanced science and skills to match your drive, then you are the hot cake companies are jousting in the arena for. Take a look at 27-year-old Silas Adekunle from Nigeria who is using his knowledge in robotics to land deals with Amazon and Apple, while selling his products MekaMon in Europe, Asia, Canada, and the UAE.

5. Cloud Computing

The most in-demand skill of 2019, cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. Knowledge of the way this works will most likely snag you a six-figure dollar monthly salary.


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Ghanaian youth are broke because they fool a lot – Shatta Wale

Ghana’s Dancehall King, Shatta Wale has observed that the youth in Ghana today fool to much and that is why they cannot hustle to make money and acquire property for themselves or make a decent living, MyNewsGh.com reports.

Ghana’s unemployment rate continues to soar as several people complete tertiary institutions and wait on government to employ them rather than initiate their own jobs.

Some have completed universities for over ten years and have remained unemployed ever since because they are waiting for some white collar job from the government or private individuals.

But commenting on this issue, Shatta Wale noted that most of the youth cannot make money because they ‘fool too much’.

He said “My next videos are going to be wack to some illiterates in Ghana alone but Africa and the World will Applaud me ,my fans and my team for putting up such a hard work .. Dont be a Fool !!!! Too much fooling in Ghana are not making the youths of today know how to hustle for money”.


Source GhanaWeb


Year of Return Ghana to attract 500,000 Diasporan Africans

According to the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), out of the number, 350,000 participants would come from North America, while the rest would come from the Caribbean, South America and Europe.

The event would come with enormous business opportunities that would boost the economic fortunes of the country, the Chief Executive Officer of the GTA, Mr Akwasi Agyeman, said at the press conference to launch the campaign in Accra yesterday.

He, therefore, urged stakeholders in the tourism industry, such as the Ghana Hotels Association, the Tour Guides Association, the Tour Operators Union of Ghana and airline operators, to position themselves strategically to tap into the opportunities.

“The Year of Return Ghana 2019” is a global homecoming event aimed at attracting the biggest number of Africans in the Diaspora to Ghana this year.

The calendar of events include a Black History Month in February, Ghana’s Independence Day celebration in March, Heritage Paragliding Festival in April, Ghana-Jamaica Homecoming Festival between April and May, the Pan-African Festival of Arts and Culture (PANAFEST) from July to August and Emancipation Day in August.

The campaign was launched by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at America’s National Press Club in Washington, DC, in September 2018.

Showcasing Ghana

To make the best of the opportunity, Mr Agyeman said, the authority was collaborating with the various stakeholders in the tourism industry to reposition themselves to offer professional services that would enable the visitors to relish their stay in the country.

To ensure aggressive marketing of the event, he said, the GTA was holding a series of stakeholders’ meetings to sell the idea to the international community and Ghanaians at home and abroad.

The event would focus not so much on the negative aspects of the slave trade, he said, adding that the initiative would showcase the best part of Ghana’s cultural heritage, tourist attractions and hospitality.

The tourism bonanza is expected to build on the legacy of other Pan-African projects, such as the Joseph Project, Emancipation Day and PANAFEST.

“We believe the event will present us with an opportunity to attract more people who will come and invest and employ Ghanaians,” he said.

Making Ghana attractive for youth

The Director of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President, Mr Akwasi Awua Ababio, who also addressed the conference, said as Ghana continued to be the headquarters for the fight for African liberation and the symbol of hope for African emancipation, it continued to seek deeper socio-cultural, economic and political inclusion for “our kith and kin from the Diaspora”.

“As we mark the Year of Return to bring our Diasporan community home, the government is also committed to improving upon our economy and discouraging irregular migration by making sure that young men and women could achieve their dreams here in Ghana,” he said.

Showcase best part of Ghana

Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States (US), Dr Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, said the Ghana Embassy in the USA was making every effort to attract African-Americans to the country, not only to come and spend but also enjoy the hospitality here.

He expressed the hope that Ghanaians would grab the opportunity to display how loving and hospitable they were to those who would arrive in the country in 2019 and beyond.

“We have to take this opportunity to showcase the country and the kind of loving and welcoming people we are to encourage people to come and do respectable investments,” he added.


Source www.businessghana.com


Ghana: Youth trained in business development and professional skills


By Gideon D. Ebbah


PeapHR Ltd, a personality and business development centred organisation, has trained some youth in Kumasi to empower them with business and professional development skills required to guard them to start their own businesses.

Mr Mark Anim Sasu, the Programmes Coordinator, at the opening of the workshop, said it was to equip and motivate the youth to start and operate their own businesses.

It was also to expose them to strategies needed to avoid losses in their investments and provide them the necessary professional skills to enhance the growth, profitability and sustainability of their businesses.

Mr Sasu said often the youth were mostly willing to come up with their own initiatives but faced challenges such as infrastructure and professionalism to succeed, and the ability to adopt and adapt to modern business operations and competitive business environments.

He said the focus of PeapHR was to help coach the youth in personality and business development and urged them to learn the basic techniques to empower them to thrive in both the local and global business world.

Mr Louis Lamis, the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Liezer-Legacy Productions – producers of the ‘Kejetia vs Makola’ TV programme, said Africa could thrive in business only when its youth were empowered to take up the development of their own businesses under good guidance and coaching.

He urged the youth to be persistent and consistent in pursuing their dreams and careers in business development.

“You should not be afraid of failure, but rather seek constant advice in order to attain success and sustainability of your businesses,’’ Mr Lamis said.

Mrs Francisca Ampratwum, the Founder and CEO of Perfect Health Ghana, urged the youth to be self-resilient and undertake projects that would bring income to enable them to cater for themselves and their families.

‘‘Every business exists to make profit, but there is one thing setting up a business and another making money out of it, thus the cash flows. Everyone has something to offer; let’s take up the mantle and help make Ghana a better place,’’ she said.


Source GNA


GHANA: YOUTH MUST TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TOMATOES FARMING

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Berekum West, Mr. Isaac Osei has urged the youth to take advantage of vegetable farming especially tomatoes, to better their lives instead of travelling to the cities for non-existing white color jobs.

Addressing a farmers’ durbar at Fetentaa organized by the Vegetable Growers Association in the district, he encouraged the farmers and the youth to step up their farming activities from subsistence to the business level in order to earn more from their sweat.

In a response to an appeal, the DCE assured them of the assembly’s readiness to help them establish a tomato market center to create ready market for them and also to aid the assembly in its revenue mobilisation.

To drive home his commitment to support the farmers, he announced that the grading of farm roads in the area is to start, to ensure easy access to their farms and again make it easier to transport their produce to avoid them being locked up on the farms to rot, a situation he described as unfair to the hardworking farmers.

Earlier, the chairman for the association, Mr. Kwame Bamfo Kesse said the durbar is a means to interact with farmers and stakeholders on how to address various challenges facing them.

He cited low financial support, unavailability of ready markets for their produce and the difficulty in acquiring land for farming as some of the major challenges facing vegetable, especially tomato farmers in the area.

Adehye Panin of Fetentaa, Nana Effah Amankwaa appealed to the government to establish a market center for their produce.

He noted that the traditional council of Fetentaa had release two-acres for the market and appealed to the Assembly to support them clear and develop the area.

Nana Effah Amankwaa noted that the construction of the market would go a long way to support the farmers to pay off their loans.

“With a ready market we can determine prices of our produce and this would make the business lucrative” he stated.


Source www.ghana.gov.gh


Tottenham Hotspur youth coach Cherno Samba set to visit Ghana to scout for talents

Tottenham Hotspur youth team coach Cherno Samba will be in Ghana next month for a scouting programme.

The U18 and U23 coach is expected in town on 1 February to tour the country for talents.

Samba, Gambian-born, is scheduled to watch a match between Aflao Future Stars and Dodze Heritage Stare on 3 February.

Also, he will watch the big clash between Agbozume Weavers and Dzodze Saints FC the same day.

His visit is being facilitated by Patrick Amazing Doamekpor who is president of Dzodze Saints FC.


Source Ghana Soccer Net