How to attract opportunities in an era of Shortage of Jobs

When I began my NYSC in 2015, I nurtured a belief that there are job opportunities, even though the reality showed a high rate of unemployment exist among young graduates.

While I didn’t discount such realities, I instead shifted my focus more on how I could position myself to attract opportunities than just hoping.

How can I be the final bus stop to the opportunities I desire?

Most organizations are finding it difficult to recruit for some roles. Roles in Energy, Engineering, Analytics and Mobile technology are proving difficult to fill.

Basically, it is not totally about a shortage of Jobs but a shortage of the key skills most organizations are looking for. For example, some of these key skills shortage areas are mostly in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering.

On the flip side, there is an increasing demand of skills in Manufacturing, with the wave of electric cars, hybrid technologies and self-driving cars features.

Traditional energy industries are experiencing rapid restructuring for new types of Jobs in alternative energy, new engineering process, product design, waste management, etc. Other sectors are also experiencing changes in how we do business.

An IBM CEO survey says 73% of businesses have concern about finding the skills they require.

For you, It is now about war for deep specialization and Innovation than just looking for jobs.

What we knew before is being disrupted, we have to innovate everywhere and everything.

It is a changed world and will be a changing one till the world ends.

Young people like me, need to clamp down on the noise, study the disruptions & trends and make moves from where we are to where we desire to be by putting our hands on the plough.

This is how to create the opportunities we seek, better still attract them.


  1. Shalom Anurigwo
    August 3, 2020

    Greetings sir, please what skills do I need to develop in order to take the educational sector?
    What professional courses can you suggest too?

    • GO
      August 5, 2020

      Hi Shalom,

      Thank you for the comment.

      From the top of my mind, i believe one of the skills to sharpen to work in the educational sector is Communication because you will always have to clearly articulate your thought through speaking, content creation, etc.

      Curriculum Development, Research and Content Creation are also key. However, education seems broad. Maybe we need to drill down into specifics.

      Let me know if this helps. Cheers!

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