WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PANEL; #SAFESPACES4YOUTH
When I was a little girl my parents always told me that education was the key to success and financial freedom. As I grew older, the mantra changed, I began to hear, “you have to study hard because you are the future of tomorrow “.
Over time as I advanced in age and began to socialize more and engaged in constructive discussions. I began to hear, see and learn that the status quo had changed. Even though as a little girl I knew poverty, unemployment and starvation existed. These were mare images I formed from watching news, I never saw it with my eyes as I do now.
Knit Together Initiative held an event titled workforce development panel on Thursday 16th August 2018 a few days just after the International Youth Day. The goal was to identify and promote alternative pathways to sustainable livelihoods”. By speakers, some terms were defined as thus;
a person who guides another person (the mentee), to achieve his dreams and goals”. Mentorship takes the mentee through the right path. Also qualities of a mentor includes being strong willed and trust worthy. Mentorship as a tool can help one overcome career challenges.
The panelists were required to define success applying the business/ career path lenses. “I define success in the angle of purpose“ said one of the panelist; Impacting your world with the investment of your personality. ‘Success is measured in fulfilling your goals, – doing that which you were born to do. Success is impact said other panelist. “As a teacher, the ability to change the learning ability of my students is success to me; when I am able help students with their academics and see them succeed’, ‘overcoming challenges, setting target for day to day activities and achieving them is success – all said in a rapid fire chat.
Success is self-defined. The secret to flourishing economies is largely due to the entrepreneurial skills possessed by some citizens, particularly youth, and these skills aid the creation of more job opportunities. But, the government have roles to play, to invest in youth development.
Young people represent the un-engaged, under-utilized active workforce. Young people must not be referred as the leaders of tomorrow but the leaders of today. Times have changed, and it is only when the entrepreneurial spirit is embraced, then can any nation move forward. The solution to unemployment and poverty eradication includes investment in youth entrepreneurship.