Why Are Degree Holders struggling to pay bills?
The world economy has shifted. The most affected are graduates from the many campuses out there: Kenya has 22 public universities, 14 chartered private universities and 13 universities with Letter of Interim Authority, to bring the total number of higher institutions of learning in the country to 49. The campuses pump about 50,000 graduates to the job market in Kenya every year.
Truth is your degree or certificate is not the cure to poverty; the cure to poverty is your ability to see and seize opportunities. As Robert Kiyosaki puts it, ‘’People who will thrive in the future are those that are able to think like an entrepreneur.’’ Entrepreneurs are people who identify gaps in the society and provide ways to bridge the gaps to satisfy human needs.
School rewards people for their memory. Life rewards people for their creativity and ability to solve problems. School rewards caution; life rewards daring. School hails those who live by the rules. Life reward those who break the rules . Being top of your class does not necessarily guarantee that you will be at the top of life. The world is filled with poor graduates but rich opportunists!
But why are degree holder’s poor? We will be sharing tidbits about the mindset of a degree holder towards job market and provide free guidance on what needs to be done to become productive in this fast changing economy.
Here are the top 3 reasons why degree holders are struggling
1. THEY DON’T THINK BEYOND THEIR CERTIFICATES
Albert Einstein said, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” Have you ever heard of the call to “Think outside the box”? One of the major reasons why most graduates are poor is simply because they can’t see and think beyond their certificates. I have seen engineering students work as bankers. I have seen medical doctors with great skills in web and graphic designs. I have seen lawyers that are very good with finances. The list is endless! The basic truth of life is that the skills that are needed to be much sought after and become more successful in life are not really found within the walls of the classrooms. Your certificate is just a proof that you are teachable, it does not suggest what you are totally capable of doing.
You are full of possibilities when you think beyond your degrees and certificates.
2. THEY PRIORITIZE THEIR CERTIFICATES MORE THAN THEIR GIFTS AND TALENTS:
I have often advised my mentees, never to leave their gifts dormant while pursuing and hunting for jobs with their certificates. There must be a complementary balance in the pursuit of your passion and in the search for jobs. Everybody is gifted in something, but the winning edge comes from our ability to develop our gifts and bless the world with them. The very best way to develop yourself is in the direction of your natural talents and interest. In order to live a fulfilled and impactful life, we need to work harder on our gifts than our job. We need to discover our gifts, invest to develop them and step into your space . Don’t bury your TALENTS with your certificates.
3. THEIR CERTIFICATES PREPARE THEM FOR A WORLD THAT NO LONGER EXIST
It has been found that most of the skills taught in schools are becoming obsolete in the present world. The world has changed , and so are people’s needs! I was in Dubai some few years ago to attend a conference organized by the British Council with the Theme: “Education Fit For The Future: Planning For A Changing World.” It is poignant to know that the present form of education does not prepare students for the future.
Graduates are becoming endangered species in the face of a changing world. Our archaic methods and approaches of learning are preparing graduates for a world that no longer exist, as we are churning out degree holders every year with certificates that have face value but no intrinsic value .
Most institutions are filled up with lecturers and pseudo-educators with lecture notes, methods and approaches that have lost relevance in a changing world. Even in graduate school they give notes. This is a waste of human mind. We are not a photocopy machine!
To be continued……
With Profound Respect,
Coach Maina Azimio.
ICF- Accredited CPC & CPM
Conference Speaker and Corporate Trainer in Wellness.
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