Why young people crave white-collar jobs | The Guardian Nigeria News
SIR: There are a large number of Nigerian graduates out there, still looking for white collar jobs (WCJs), despite the fact that their arrow did not hit the target, which is their dream job . Frankly, these young people have a share of the responsibility, as well as Nigerian society.
Young people are disinterested in trying new things. Some of them still want to be spoon-fed. Nigerian graduates are getting seriously frustrated every day.
They do all sorts of things to secure the WCJs. They gave several reasons why they want WCJs. Graduates still cling to their hope in the WCJ for many reasons:
Employability is certificate-based: The Nigerian education system is designed around the possession of a university degree. There are hardly any employers who ask a job seeker if they have practical skills.
Young people are not innovative: Many Nigerian graduates suffer from mental laziness. They consider it degrading to their status if they accept an unskilled profession. They can’t think outside the box.
Luxury: The fantasies that surround the WCJ make young people salivate for these professions. They see top bankers and doctors in expensive suits and Porsche vehicles. They believe the only way to get such luxury is to take WCJs.
Respect granted by society: Nigerian society does not help matters. People like someone if they say they work in an organization or a company, even if their salary is peanuts.
The Financial Package: When graduates hear of the huge payoffs from oil and telecommunications companies, all they think of is the passion for doing these jobs.
Background: Some parents still insist that their kids do no work other than WCJ, even though those kids stayed home for years after graduation.
Unfavorable economy: The low standard of living in Nigeria, where poverty is the order of the day, does not help the problems. There is practically no possibility of an alternative. There are no channels available for young people to obtain unsecured loans to start a business.
Entrepreneurship education is key to stopping the current trend of graduate unemployment in Nigeria by genuinely encouraging graduates to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit for self-employment and self-reliance. To achieve this goal, there should be a conceptual framework where the technical meaning of the terms, entrepreneurship, self-employment, unemployment and white-collar work have been explored. Second, there is a need to describe the importance of entrepreneurship to self-reliance by making a separate comparison of entrepreneurship and white-collar jobs, thereby exposing graduates to the importance of entrepreneurship to jobs. white collars. To encourage our graduates to develop their own self-employment skills, entrepreneurial opportunities should be made available to Nigerian graduates to engage in a way that will ensure their self-reliance. Much can be done to curb and minimize the reliance of Nigerian graduates on white collar jobs.
Usman Ismail Bature.