Professor Adei Advises Unemployed Graduates To Put Degrees Aside And Learn A New Craft

Professor Adei Advises Unemployed Graduates To Put Degrees Aside And Learn A New Craft

  • Professor Stephen Adei has advised graduates struggling to find a job to look for other alternatives in craftsmanship
  • The economist and educationist is suggesting that unemployed graduates should re-skill and learn trades like soap making, and upholstery among others
  • He said graduates who venture in craftsmanship have always excelled because the university education broadens their mind

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Respected Ghanaian economist and educationist Professor Stephen Adei has advised young graduates struggling to find work to look beyond white collar jobs and learn a new craft.

He said university education serves the purpose of broadening graduates' intellectual capacity to find solutions to real-life problems, including rampant unemployment.

The former rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) said people who have learned a new skill after four years of Political Science, History and others at the university have excelled.

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According to the economist, they excelled because they applied what they learned in the university to their chosen crafts.

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"Some of them must be willing to reskill... For me, all the degrees build your mind intellectually. But how many people have advertised and said I want a political scientist to employ.
"No, but your mental capacity has been enhanced. If you want to go and learn apprenticeship, I tell you within a year you are a master craft man in an area, and you are the type who will be able to employ other people," GhanaWeb quoted Prof Adei in a report on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

According to the report, Prof Adei made the comments during the Springboard Virtual University show hosted by Albert Ocran on July 24, 2022.

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Youth unemployment remains a major problem in Ghana. Available data show that the unemployment rate increased significantly to 4.50% in 2020 from 4.10% in 2019.

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Reports on the incident sighted by suggests that the altercation captured on video happened on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, in the Ashanti Region.

A report by Joy News explains that the incident happened at a spot between Yabi and Dida on the Atwima Foase road.

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