Pursue entrepreneurial skills, graduates urged
From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
Graduates of tertiary institutions have been urged to pursue entrepreneurial skills and not rely solely on white collar jobs in order to unlock the doors of prosperity and personal fulfilment.
The Special Adviser to Osun State Governor on Public Health, Dr Olasiji Olamiju gave the charge at the maiden edition of the National Students’ Leadership Summit in Gbongan.
Olamiju who observed that the society and education prepared students for white collar jobs, urged students to learn practical skills, be committed to their passion and be entrepreneurs while in school.
“The reality of today’s turbulent economy is that even the best graduates are likely to be without a job for relatively long period of time after graduation; the solution to this problem lies in job creation through entrepreneurship.
“This is why, as a graduate, any education you acquire, whether formal or informal that cannot bring food to your table is a waste.
“In this new world characterised by dazzling speed and rapid change, graduates who excel are those whose best skill is thinking outside the box; be prepared to learn new things and acquire new skills
“As I always say, even as a student, go and learn a skill because enterprenuership is the way. Don’t be among the dejected young Nigerians that have become frustrated because of the hope of getting white collar jobs that are non-existent.
Speaking on youths involvement in politics, Olamiju explained that, the era of making fortune out of politics immediately after graduation is long gone.
He advised them to make a name for themselves first before aspiring to lead the society.