What I Would Do If I Were Unemployed?

What I Would Do If I Were Unemployed?

Unemployment. This is an epidemic globally, not just in Africa.

Zimbabwe has very little formal employment these days. The going statistic being thrown around locally is 95% unemployment. Sure, everyone’s hustling and looking for that next dollar, but they’re not formally employed. They may be educated, but not employed.

In the USA, they have 6.8 million people without jobs. Yet there are 6 million jobs available on the national market! What? Why can’t they just sync up the unemployed who are seeking a job and those that are needing to hire?

Skills. You ain’t got ‘em.

Education is great. It helps you learn about the world and great education teaches you how to learn, which is critical. Learning how to learn is the best.

But it doesn’t give you skills. You have to go get those on your own. And, guess what, that’s why there’s an unemployment problem globally—people don’t have skills. Or at least, they don’t have the right ones.

We had a water company we were working on a few years back. We were given the rights to this solution for the nation of Zimbabwe. It was exciting and single-handedly could have alleviated water problems in many of the rural areas in the country.

You want to know why we couldn’t get the project off of the ground? No one had the skills to implement. And, no one was willing to go and get trained for 6 to 9 months to then come back and implement their newfound skillsets.

It’s sad, but so true.

There are so many skills that if you took the time to search online, watch a few videos, read a book, or ask someone down the street to show you, you’d be amazed at how you could develop in life.

Formal employment isn’t necessary to succeed in life. Knowing how to learn and being willing to learn new skills is.

Do you have skills?

Our top entrepreneurs that we work with are all self-taught. They taught themselves many things like:

  • how to use a camera
  • editing software
  • videography
  • banking
  • microfinance
  • building
  • land appraisals
  • computer coding (you can teach yourself online now with resources like Codeacademy & W3 Schools)
  • animation
  • mining
  • industrial sales
  • business to business sales
  • customer service
  • computer typing
  • grammar for online communication

And we’re still learning.

Knowledge is rapidly expanding in the world today. You can’t keep up. No one can. But what you can do, is teach yourself how to learn. And then chase something that interests you and is beneficial to others.

A few things that if you learned today, you could be tomorrow’s next success story:

  • welding—manufacturing in Africa is much needed
  • computer coding—designers and coders are much needed
  • bioscience—if you studied chemistry or biology in school, consider learning this
  • raw material development—bricks, metalworking, infrastructure for affordable housing
  • mobile tech—fixing phones, devices, and running IT effectively, call centers
  • sales—can you sell something in a nice way? Huge skillset.
  • PR—can you help people get their story out?
  • digital marketing—can you do online SEO & digital ads? This is an approaching, big need.
  • anything web development
  • sourcing & resourcing—can you help people find parts/relationships/things they need (locally & internationally)?

There’s work to be done. Teach yourself to learn. Work to see problems differently and develop solutions that you’re best suited to learn about.

(photo via world bank)