In an effort to radically shift the culture of employment in Botswana, Safayah Designs, Focus Surveys Botswana, 89 Fifty Communications, Career Coaching, Botswana Youth Jobs for Graduates and us, The Afrolutionist decided to collaborate to physical and virtually house unemployed youth to share available resources to boost their soft skills, enhancing their job readiness while we bring employers looking for job seekers. This is a first for the country, and a birth of a new culture where attitudes between unemployed youth and the corporate industries can potentially be shifted. Journey with us through our Afrolutionist Kevin Mofokeng’s take on the third day of this remarkable event.
This was the last day of workshops at the Botswana Youth Jobs Fair 2017. This day comprised of lessons from job searh strategies, making a career out of activism, being savvy as an entrepreneur, negotiation skills to the benefits of choosing CEDA as a source of funds for your business.
The first session broke off with Lindo Morolong a certified Life Coach, Author of Insights for A Victorious Lifestyle, an HR practitioner with the Central Bank of Botswana. He presented on Job Search Strategies. According to Morolong, as a person you should see yourself as a product, and put yourself in the mind of the buyer. You need to package yourself. Study the buyer. Submit your tender and get ready for the interview. When it comes to HR, you have to know who is buying you, this is by finding out the recruitment process of the organisation you have applied for, because it differs across all organizations. He also encouraged the youth to research on the policies and systems of the organizations are different. Lastly, when applying for any job position, you need to make sure that your CV is tailor made for the position you are applying for.
The next speaker was Tshepo Teej The Joy Moyo, (Poet. Writer. Superhero) who presented on ‘Creating a career through activism’. She first took us through the life of an activist; “activism is not about money, mostly the pay is not enough or not there at all” she stressed. This confused a lot of the youth in the audience as they thought that everything called a career should be very rewarding in terms of money, she told them that it always has to be passion that drives you to become an activist, the money is a bonus. Having a heart to raise issues/awareness about things happening around that most people are afraid to talk about. “For those who want to be activists, you must first find a cause and focus on it” she added. Moyo went on to mention two factors to consider when becoming an activist, that is being a tough cookie; this is being sure of who you are and stand for and having integrity for example: if you are an environmentalist, you should even consider littering. “There is no part timing in activism, you need to practice what you preach” she stressed. On how the money starts rolling in as an activist, she mentioned that there are a number of NGOs that can pay you off to do campaigns for a certain cause, conferences across the Africa and at time abroad. One thing she was stern about on being an activist was having a strong heart and willing to put your life in the line;this may include being jailed, tortured for information, called all sorts of names and sometimes ending up dying while fighting for your cause. Dedication here is needed when you are an activist.
Third to share his bits was Guru Gurumoorthi Founding and Managing Partner at RSM Gurugroup, Founding and Managing Director of RSM Gurugroup Professional Services which provides accounting, taxation, advisory and consulting services. He presentation eloquently titled “Savvy, small and soft”. His presentation was an engaging one from the get go. Where he had participants from the audience to tell everyone why the want to be entrepreneurs. “Entrepreneurship is a lifelong risk” he said. With entrepreneurship you have to make sure that the idea (solution) you have is something that is not only to benefit you but the community at large. The reason why in most cases most entrepreneurs fail at their infancy stage is because they started with the thought of just making money out of what they offer, rather than seeing if what they offer really meets the needs of the people. Guru further encouraged the youth on starting small, something he calls scalability, “as an entrepreneur you need to focus on the little things and refrain from jumping for bigger things”. He highlighted how it’s important to know your connections of the type of business you are into, this makes it easier for easy partnerships, bench-marking as well learning the business etiquette especially when you are starting up.
Gurumoorthi was followed by Brian Goulden, a Director : Strategy & Capacity-building with Johannesburg based Pygma Consulting and an Associate with Bridging Dialogue, a Gaborone based International Development Consultancy. He presented on ‘Negotiation Skills’. When getting into the business field, you need to be equipped with negotiating skills to clinch deals and so on. Negotiation simply means resolving any form of conflict in order to get agreements, gain acceptance and/or for mutual satisfaction. He encouraged the youth to ask a little bit more when negotiating , so as to get the best deal out . “Negotiation is more like a skill used for trading, you make compromises” These compromises can either be negative or positive, but a good negotiator will always make sure they always win.
To close off the day’s talks was a representative from CEDA who shed light on how the youth can get funding for their businesses or projects. For one to be eligible for either a loan or grant from CEDA, they have to be 18+ years of age, a citizen of Botswana with an authentic business idea. They can fund one up to P500 000 depending on the type of business or project they want to venture in. CEDA also came up with an initiative called CEDA University Challenge which is an outcome of the World Federation of Development Finance Institutions 3rd Joint Forum. The challenge calls upon the youth of Botswana, specifically for those enrolled in institutions of higher learning accredited by Botswana Qualifications Authority. The challenge focuses on innovative ideas, implementable proposals that address problems faced by Botswana and proposals with a focus of on new and emerging technologies submitted by the youth.
With the Fair in Gaborone brought to a close, were migrating to Francistown to stimulate job readiness and job creation. Catch more of our daily updates on our social media handles @afrolutionist on Twitter, and follow Kevin’s journey throughout the fair on @yourprguy on twitter. You can find more information about The 2nd Annual Youth Jobs Fair on Facebook and Twitter.