Graduates Told To Turn Hobbies Into Income Generating Ventures

Michael Niyetegeka, a renowned life skills trainer and IT expert said that the world is full of people but devoid of innovative brains because a big number of them don’t want to think of new things but are stuck with old ideas.

 

Many youths in Uganda are not employment

Many youths in Uganda are not employment

Niyetegeka made the unfortunate revelation while speaking at an entrepreneurship training and career guidance workshop organised by Muljibhai Madhvani Foundation recently.

 

The workshop that was held at Madhvani Hall inside UMA show ground, Lugogo was aimed at equipping graduates with the necessary skills and abilities relevant in today’s competitive labor market.

 

Niyetegeka advised graduates to discover what they are passionate about and turn it into income generating ventures; it could be a talent like singing, dancing, running, playing football among others.

 

“When most of the youth graduate these days, they think of being employed rather than employing themselves. Youth especially graduates must change their mindset to overcome the problem of unemployment by creating more innovative ideas,” Niyetegeka said

He added: “Once you have identified these problems, provide a solution at a fee for instance if people near your home are complaining about garbage, collect the garbage at a fee instead of waiting for government intervention,”

 

Over 100 graduates who benefited from the Madhvani foundation scholarship scheme were over the weekend treated to a one day life skilling workshop at Madhvani hall UMA show ground, Lugogo.
The chairman of the Madhvani Alumni Foundation, Charles Katabi, said the training is aimed at giving more skills to the Madhvani graduates according to the courses they have pursued at University so that they can be more innovative.

Katabi said the annual training has been running for five years now and has benefited over 700 graduates whom of some have used this knowledge to start their own businesses and creating employment for themselves and others.

 

“As the alumni of this program, we find it necessary to give back to other members by organising this workshop. 80% of school leavers are unemployed; it would be a shame if our members whom the organisation sponsored had to finish school and joined the lot,” he said.

 

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We have heard testimonies of members who after the workshop did not have to hunt for a job but immediately started their own small businesses and are now very successful,” Katabi added.

 

The Foundation through their Madhvani Alumni Association (MASS) organizes entrepreneurship training and career guidance workshops every year to help initiate their fresh graduates into the competitive labor market.

 

Launched in July 2009, the association aims to bring together all former students who have successfully completed their studies with the sole purpose of providing networking opportunities.