The concept of the labour market is not only for those seeking employment but also for those who have plans to be self-employed. The Labour market is a place where employers and employees interact. It is a place where eligible individuals compete for the best jobs and employers aim to hire the best individuals. Also, the labour market can also be seen as a place with high demand and supply of human labour.
One of the major concerns of every university graduate is fitting perfectly into the labour market. Due to the increasing complexity and competitiveness of the labour market, there is a need to be properly prepared for what’s ahead. It’s important we make use of the time we have now for these preparations. We must understand that
- There are changes in the pattern of jobs due to technological advancement
- There are certain skills required of us in today’s labour market.
So let’s get right down to how we can properly prepare for what is ahead of us.
HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR THE LABOUR MARKET???
1. KNOW WHAT YOU WANT:
Firstly, its important you identify your niche. Know what you want and know what your capabilities are. These are questions you must have answers to even before you become a graduate. Direction is the key to getting to your destination. Direct your strength to those things that align properly with your career goals.
2. BE ACTIVE ON CAMPUS:
Build a good profile on campus. Have a good social life because all these come in handy when preparing for the labour market. Be active on campus by engaging in fellowship activities, book clubs, faculty and departmental associations, etc. The knowledge all these activities bring your way will be valuable in managing yourself when you get out there.
3. BUILD YOUR NETWORK AND CONNECTION:
Thirdly, you must build up your network! Someone once said “First class is important but connections are importanter”. It may be funny but it is very true. The world is a whole lot easier when you have people at important positions who you could always call for help. School is a very good place to build you network and connections. Do well to attend conferences, meet new people, exchange contacts and follow people up. 3 in 10 new contacts often come in handy at some point. You could also get affiliated with good promising organizations while on campus. A lot of people have been picked up by good NGO’s through good networking.
4. LEARN AND DEVELOP SKILLS
In the real world, skills are very important and they can even earn you more than a normal regular graduate. On campus, you meet a lot of people with creative skill. Try as much as possible to get affiliated with them and learn such skills. Some skills can come in so handy that you might not need your degree to earn and make a living for yourself. This is the reason why those with technical skills earn more than graduates in the labour market. It’s not always about what is in your head but also what you can get done with your hands.
5. RESEARCH AND READ
Keep yourself updated with the world’s advancements. Things are changing at a fast rate. The 21st century isn’t the 20th century. Learn to take out time to read and research in new things; this helps broaden your mind and gives you better experiences to life issues.
In conclusion, always believe in yourself and make good use of the time you have now. Remember that time waits for no man so MAKE MOVES AND NOT EXCUSES.
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