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PLANNING FOR THE
FUTURE
Kwame Owusu Afram, CMC, ChPA
Ghana Communication Technology University
Leaving School
Career growth insight
oPreparing to enter the job market
oStrategies for finding a job
oRetaining the job
Market Realities
o Unemployment in Ghana
o Underemployment in Ghana
Social responsibilities and expectations
preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 2
Preparing for the future is the individuals
responsibility
1. Determination
2. Diligence
preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 3
LEAVING SCHOOL
What are the most important skills that students
need to prepare for the 21st century?
It is the right time to:
Encourage teamwork
Be future-focused
Develop complex thinking skills
Have an individual transition plan
preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 4
LEAVING SCHOOL CONT’D
 apply practical theories from the
classroom
 earn academic credit
 gain exposure to facilities not available
on campus
 develop professional skills
preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 5
CAREER GROWTH
INSIGHTS
After graduation, what’s next?
After school, your 85% life will be dependent
on a career
Two things:
 Find a job
 Further study
preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 6
Preparing for
the Job Market
preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 7
PREPARING FOR THE JOB
MARKET
 Steve Jobs
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way
to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is Great Work. And
the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t
found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of
the heart, you’ll know when you find it.
preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 8
 Over 60,000 graduate every year
 Only 10% of graduates find jobs after their first year of graduating
(ISSER, 2017)
 May take 10years for all the graduates to secure jobs
 Reasons
1. Lack of unemployable skills
2. Unavailability of funding capital for entrepreneurship
3. Poor attitudes of graduates towards job opportunities
4. Low capacity of industries to absorb the huge numbers
preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 9
A job is a regular
remunerative
position
10
I. job is one where you get paid for a
product or service but you have no
benefits and you don’t pay any taxes
11
all jobs with normal hours and
regular wages, and are recognized
as income sources on which income
taxes must be paid
12
STRATEGIES FOR FINDING A
JOB
Conduct career aspiration discussions (i.e. swot
analysis, vision, self-assessment, goals,
alternatives, etc..)
Create career development opportunities (i.e.
education, training, additional skills, etc.)
Join Talent Communities
Join a working network
preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 13
ESSENTIAL TOOLS
 Competencies (KSA’s)
 Technical
 Managerial
 Personality
 Mentor/Role model
 Attitude
 CV or resume
 Transmittal letter
 Behavioural Interview
 Presentation skills
preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 14
SEARCH ENGINES
 Yours sincerely
Networks
 Yours faithfully
Advertisement – print & electronic media, social media (linkedin, etc)
Magazines e.g. HRFocus, etc.
Church, and other associations
 Start a business (entrepreneurship) – do something to solve a
problem
preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 15
HOW TO RETAIN YOUR JOB
 The only way I could succeed in my next job is to be a good worker in my current.
preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 16
WHAT ORGANISATIONS
LOOK FOR
Workers with attitude
Workers who can be trained on skills,
and able to adapt to new trends
Workers who are result oriented
Workers who are able to innovate
Workers who desire to succeed in a
competitive market
preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 17
preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram
18
Unemployment in Ghana
preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 19
Unemployment in Ghana
• Structural Unemployment : occurs because of an absence of demand
for a certain type of worker
• This type typically happens when there are mismatches between the
skills (KSA’s) employers want and the skills (competencies) that
workers have.
preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 20
preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 21
Under-employment
• The under-use of a workers
skills, education, or availability of
work
preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 22
Social Responsibilities & Expectations
preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram
• Time to serve your country, community
• Pay attention to duties as a responsible citizen
• Join and influence community through associations
• Pay attention to religious activities
• Get married, and protect your family
• Leave a legacy
23
preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 24
Thank you for your attention
preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 25

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Planning for the future.pptx

  • 1. PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE Kwame Owusu Afram, CMC, ChPA Ghana Communication Technology University
  • 2. Leaving School Career growth insight oPreparing to enter the job market oStrategies for finding a job oRetaining the job Market Realities o Unemployment in Ghana o Underemployment in Ghana Social responsibilities and expectations preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 2
  • 3. Preparing for the future is the individuals responsibility 1. Determination 2. Diligence preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 3
  • 4. LEAVING SCHOOL What are the most important skills that students need to prepare for the 21st century? It is the right time to: Encourage teamwork Be future-focused Develop complex thinking skills Have an individual transition plan preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 4
  • 5. LEAVING SCHOOL CONT’D  apply practical theories from the classroom  earn academic credit  gain exposure to facilities not available on campus  develop professional skills preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 5
  • 6. CAREER GROWTH INSIGHTS After graduation, what’s next? After school, your 85% life will be dependent on a career Two things:  Find a job  Further study preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 6
  • 7. Preparing for the Job Market preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 7
  • 8. PREPARING FOR THE JOB MARKET  Steve Jobs Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is Great Work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 8
  • 9.  Over 60,000 graduate every year  Only 10% of graduates find jobs after their first year of graduating (ISSER, 2017)  May take 10years for all the graduates to secure jobs  Reasons 1. Lack of unemployable skills 2. Unavailability of funding capital for entrepreneurship 3. Poor attitudes of graduates towards job opportunities 4. Low capacity of industries to absorb the huge numbers preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 9
  • 10. A job is a regular remunerative position 10
  • 11. I. job is one where you get paid for a product or service but you have no benefits and you don’t pay any taxes 11
  • 12. all jobs with normal hours and regular wages, and are recognized as income sources on which income taxes must be paid 12
  • 13. STRATEGIES FOR FINDING A JOB Conduct career aspiration discussions (i.e. swot analysis, vision, self-assessment, goals, alternatives, etc..) Create career development opportunities (i.e. education, training, additional skills, etc.) Join Talent Communities Join a working network preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 13
  • 14. ESSENTIAL TOOLS  Competencies (KSA’s)  Technical  Managerial  Personality  Mentor/Role model  Attitude  CV or resume  Transmittal letter  Behavioural Interview  Presentation skills preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 14
  • 15. SEARCH ENGINES  Yours sincerely Networks  Yours faithfully Advertisement – print & electronic media, social media (linkedin, etc) Magazines e.g. HRFocus, etc. Church, and other associations  Start a business (entrepreneurship) – do something to solve a problem preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 15
  • 16. HOW TO RETAIN YOUR JOB  The only way I could succeed in my next job is to be a good worker in my current. preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 16
  • 17. WHAT ORGANISATIONS LOOK FOR Workers with attitude Workers who can be trained on skills, and able to adapt to new trends Workers who are result oriented Workers who are able to innovate Workers who desire to succeed in a competitive market preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 17
  • 18. preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 18
  • 19. Unemployment in Ghana preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 19
  • 20. Unemployment in Ghana • Structural Unemployment : occurs because of an absence of demand for a certain type of worker • This type typically happens when there are mismatches between the skills (KSA’s) employers want and the skills (competencies) that workers have. preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 20
  • 21. preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 21
  • 22. Under-employment • The under-use of a workers skills, education, or availability of work preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 22
  • 23. Social Responsibilities & Expectations preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram • Time to serve your country, community • Pay attention to duties as a responsible citizen • Join and influence community through associations • Pay attention to religious activities • Get married, and protect your family • Leave a legacy 23
  • 24. preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 24
  • 25. Thank you for your attention preparing for the future - kwame owusu afram 25