Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Supply-Demand Gap in Graduate Output

In as much as I am appreciative of the opportunities opening for Ghanaian women,  I am at the same time very much concerned about many of our university graduates who have been without a job for the past five to six years.  Yes, and I am even more worried about the approximate 100,000 graduates that our over 50 universities (and counting) produce yearly; and have no job guarantees. Also, I need not mention how many students graduate from our 10 polytechnics and over 100 registered professional colleges well spread across the country’s regional and district capitals. Indeed we are experiencing a- labour supply and demand crises of unskilled labour that many students and average Ghanaians are not aware of.  Do you also know that Ghana and most of Africa suffers from a shortage of skilled labour? Yes, that’s why you hear so many stories of child labour issues on our continent. There are more unskilled (educated folk) than they are skilled (labourers) people supplying the job market. This is why we have a supply-demand gap in our graduate output-our focus for now.

That is our country’s reality, unfortunately. There are more jobs needed, than are available. Frankly, I didn't know about these statistics at the time I was entering the university. Had I known, I would have looked for a job before doing my first degree. I could easily have made it through school as an evening student or at worst I would have done a BBA weekend program. I could easily have gotten a job as a skilled labourer, working my way up the ladder with every new certificate or degree I got. What’s more I would have had more work experience and would have been even more marketable than I was when I was looking for my first post- graduation job. Hmm. Anyhow, what’s past’s past. I am thankful I have a job that makes use of my skills and professional abilities.  How about you? Can you say the same thing?   

What did you study in school? Why did you study that particular course? Are you employed? If not, then why? I want to in this paragraph, address these questions, since I am possible speaking to fresh grads; stating that in every society, there will always be scapegoats for people’s failures. I want to emphasize that the “employment and unemployment” statistics of Ghana at present are not provided in this entry to give any one an excuse for not been employed, if they can be. Everyone in good health and sound mind above the age of 18 should be engaged in a profitable venture. If you have a college education, then we expect even more from you. Again, I want to emphasize that a degree doesn’t get a job but a successful applicant does.  


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