Life in Ghana is hard, and it is even harder when you have no job.
If you're a fresh graduate from the University, having finished the obligatory National Service can seem like a relief...until it hits you that you now belong to the Association of Unemployed Graduates in Ghana. Yes! There is such an association.
Getting a job in Ghana has become very hard with President John Mahama resorting to telling fresh graduates to look into self-entrepreneurship. With over 70% of employable youth without active employment, you must look for ways to survive in Ghana until you secure a job.
YEN presents the many ways of surviving in Ghana when you are jobless.
1. Rent a room with friends
Renting a room alone is extremely hard. So if you have friends from college, pool resources together and secure a single room. Cost sharing will work miracles for you as you continue searching for employment.
2. Start a small business
There are several small and lucrative businesses you can do in Ghana. Some of the businesses include selling water, fresh juice, shoe shining, selling cassava, selling second-hand clothes and doing motorcycle transport business.
3. Going back to schools
There are courses that are not marketable in Ghana. If you find yourself jobless for more than 3 years and no employer wants to give you a job, it’s time to enroll for a masters or PhD so that you can be more competitive.
4. Doing online business
There are several ways of earning money online. You can do data entry, professional essay writing, sell electronics and also do SEO and marketing business.
Sometimes getting a job is not only tied to dropping your CV in various organizations. Networking plays a very big role. Try to talk to people and hear from them whether they know someone influential somewhere.
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