Unemployed Youth

According to StatsSA, South Africa’s unemployment rate increased to 27.6%  in the first quarter of 2019.

If one breaks down the youth unemployment figures by race, the picture becomes more gloomy for African and coloured youth.

Youth Unemployment Rate in South Africa increased to 55.20% in the first quarter of 2019 from 54.70% in the 4th quarter of 2018.

Unemployment steals people of their dignity. As an unemployed person, you are reliant on others to take care of you.

You have to ask for taxi fare every time to go to the city to look for a job, or attend an interview.

While you are applying for jobs and waiting for that job interview, how about doing some combination of the following [not just one, how about all]:

– Spend twenty hours a week running a project for a non-profit;

– Teach yourself Java, HTML, and SQL. Not a little, but mastery. [Clarification: I know you can’t become a master programmer of all these in a year. I used the word mastery to distinguish it from ‘familiarity’ which is what you get from one of those Dummies type books. I would hope you could write code that solves problems, works and is reasonably clear, not that you can program well enough to work for Google or Microsoft. Sorry if I ruffled feathers.];

– Volunteer to coach or assistant coach a kids sports team;

– Start, run and grow an online community;

– Give a speech a week to local organisations;

– Write a regular newsletter or blog about an industry you care about;

– Learn another local or African language fluently (Swahili, Shona etc);

– Write three detailed business plans for projects in the industry you care about;

– Self-publish a book; and

– Run a marathon.

If you wake up every morning at 6am, give up TV and treat this list like a job, you will have no trouble accomplishing everything on it. Everything.

When you do, what happens to your entrepreneurship prospects?

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