Graduate Unemployment: Let’s focus on the Solutions

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On Tuesday I visited the studios of X fm  to discuss  the graduate unemployment challenges Ghana faces. Just last week the Unemployment Graduates Association of Ghana (UGAG) carried out a protest at the Ministry of Education, holding our Government responsible for their lack of employment and demanding that Government remedy their unemployment situation. Radio X fm, during their breakfast show explored the issue.

According to Boateng and Ofori (2002), in 1995 only 13.4% of jobs requiring university education also demanded computer skills; 0.4% also demanded communication skills; 1.5% also demanded personal attributes. The demand increased in 2000 to 45.7% for computer skills; 38.6% and 41.8% for communication skills and personal attributes.

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Start Now

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“I built a conglomerate and emerged the richest black man in the world in 2008 but it didn’t happen overnight. It took me thirty years to get to where I am today. Youths of today aspire to be like me but they want to achieve it overnight. It’s not going to work. To build a successful business, you must start small and dream big. In the journey of entrepreneurship, tenacity of purpose is supreme.” – Aliko Dangote

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Start Now

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Start Small and Dream Big, Start Now!

“I built a conglomerate and emerged the richest black man in the world in 2008 but it didn’t happen overnight. It took me thirty years to get to where I am today. Youths of today aspire to be like me but they want to achieve it overnight. It’s not going to work. To build a successful business, you must start small and dream big. In the journey of entrepreneurship, tenacity of purpose is supreme.” – Aliko Dangote

 As the Managing Director of Zhest Consult I spend my time training entrepreneurs in Ghana by helping them to shape and fine tune their business ideas and to grow their businesses. Through my interactions with these young business people I often get the impression that many of them would like to grow their business at a pace much faster than they are currently moving. Many young entrepreneurs are also impatient and give up too soon because they set unrealistic goals one such example is making millions of dollars within a short space of time. Add to that the fear of failure and our natural risk aversion which is a characteristic of a Ghanaian’s social and cultural attitude, creating a breeding ground for uninspiring entrepreneurs and businesses.

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YED Africa: Radio Interview

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I am part of an exciting movement where young people in Ghana  are using their skills and knowledge to help drive our country’s development agenda and ensure that it is youth centered.

Just recently  the Youth Economic Dialogue (YED) organization, was  invited to speak at Radio XYZ in osu about YED’s tax proposal for SME’s to Government. I and Nana Yaw Adutwum represented YED.

YED is a dynamic organisation who’s main aim is to advocate for youth focused policies through economic development and to also provide support for young entrepreneurs through our business clinics, consultancy and incubation programs.

If you own a business in Ghana which falls within the SME space, you’re young, or are interested in becoming an entrepreneur  listen to the following radio interviews via the sound cloud link provided below.

Sound Cloud: SME discussion on Radio XYZ: http://soundcloud.com/yed-africa/youthsme

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Zhest Consult Welcomes Kyla Hagedorn

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There is an old  African Proverb which states:

I started my consultancy business two years ago. Since then I’ve been looking for a worthy person to include as a  business partner. To my delight I was introduced to Kyla Hagedorn in 2012 and during that period we’ve worked together on a few initiatives and also forged a mutual respect and friendship.

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Seeking Management Consultation Solutions is Key to the Growth of Small Businesses

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Every entrepreneur wants their small business to be successful so every segment of professional advice can go a long way in obtaining business goals. Consultants to a business offer invaluable expertise that aim to help your business succeed, or achieve its goals.

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