Thursday, January 11, 2007

Unemployment and unskilled labour.

Not that jobs are not available; based on my observations, unemployment persists for two reasons:
  • Shortage of skilled and experienced professionals
  • A large percentage of unskilled people in the labour force.
Are there really no jobs or no people to fill them? What do you think?
There are lot of job openings but no manpower to fill them.The unemployed man might be educated but is he specialised? There
is shortage of specialised manpower in the labour force. People move from one field of interest to the other every now and then majorly for increase in financial rewards and don't bother much about focusing on a particular field and sharpening their skills in that field.There are a lot of openings out there for experienced and specialised professionals; infact finding that kinda manpower is difficult.
I work in an HR firm and i've seen this trend. We have stacks and a huge online database of entry level and unprofessional resumes. Getting a trainee position has become really competitive because there are too many people out there who know bits and pieces of a lot (which eventually amounts to nothing) and nothing of anything.
Getting specialised and gaining experience might not have any immediate gratification but the reward is inevitable and long term. While a job hopper moves from one job to the other in varying fields (and loosing time) for monetary reward, the one who wants to get skilled focuses on his field of interest in an environment that allows for learning, development and adds relevent experiential value not particularly making financial reward a prime yardstick.
The opportunities for a skilled and experienced professional is limitless. He has a variety of offers to choose from because he is in high demand.
Bottomline is, if you want to leave the league of the unemployed and job seekers, get specialised. Focus on a field you are interested in and make yourself relevant in that field. Eventually, you will be the one declining mouth watery job offers for even much more mouth watery ones.



disgodkidd said...

you couldn't have said it more truthfully, yemisi.specialization is a long term investment. and economic demands don't favour towing that line. am a computer science graduate, and i am aware that a good 80% of my classmates will not be the next computer science genius. i have always dreamt of beating bill won't believe the pay packet i have to endure now...but i know it's only a matter of time...your blog makes a refreshing read and am glad to meet another Lagos-based blogger

Anonymous said...

very good post. I remember graduating and noticing how even thought it takes a while to find the desired job, when you finally do ... it pays. Even if one has to do more volunteer work/ internships in the particular feild to gain experience and skill, it pays. Many recent graduates leave school and steer away from the desired path but passion for what you enjoy is important too or else, one's drive will be next to nothing. We really don't want to get frustrated on the job either.

Timi said...

You know, this is so true...
The professional does not a guru on leaving school, what's been learnt is mainly theoretical. To become skilled (which eventually is what the opportunities out there are looking for), he has to undergo purifying period which involves mastering the 'techniques' of the profession from first principles (basic fundamentals) unto mastering it. Someone rightly called this period, "the silent years", a very important time which unfortunately 'the unemployed' doesn't want to go through.
Oh, a professor of mine once said, "Master a good technique, then, leave yourself to inspiration".
A fantastic one here, if only the 'unemployed' can comprehend it. Bravo.

Shola said...

i have been pursuing a career in a field, am passionate about it and its fulfilling but like disgodkid, you wont believe the pay packet i have to endure.

especially since finding a better paying job with other organisations in the field requires substantial skill and experience.

the truth is i have been tempted so many times to take up 'any' other job that is ready to pay me really well.

it takes a lot to stay focused and committed to a particular career path at an initial level. i must confess.

NaijaBloke said...

Which country are u refering to is I may ask o Aunty?

Ariiyike said...

Hey uncle naijabloke, I can't say the trend is the same in other parts of the world. But in Nigeria where i come from, this is how it is.
I can't go into details now, but i'm working on a continuation of this article. I hope it will further answer your question.

@jem. I quite agree with you. I also had to work as a volunteer in a Professional Service Company so i could get some exposure into HR and gain some working experience too. And it was worth the while. But really not so many people will do that since it's not mandatory.