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Experts task youths on emerging opportunities


Youths across Africa have been urged to take advantage of unique opportunities around them to improve their skills if they hope to compete favourably in the global marketplace.
They stated this during the Mastercard Foundation, Young Africa Connect series. The virtual session, entitled, ‘Employable, securing and thriving in work’, which was held recently, sought to inspire young people while amplifying the work they do across the continent.
Speaking at the virtual roundtable, a Human Resource Specialist, Ekundayo Odele, stressed the need for youths to discover themselves and be open to learning at all times.

Odele said: “The evolving workplace of the future cannot continue to ignore the realities and importance of parenting and family as well as the impact of these on individual lives. Workplace of the future will provide more leverage for women and downplay the biases with which she is stereotyped.”
Also speaking, a Project Management expert, Nadege Gaju, said skills’ acquisition in today’s marketplace was critical, adding that youths must seize the opportunity to learn to compete favourably.
Kwabena Adu-Darkwa, a tech entrepreneur and systems analyst, said every professional should have a portfolio
Michael Lubawa, a digital marketing professional, advised young people to be more proactive, more curious, creative, and innovative and should have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. He opines that there are many courses for free online
The panellists agreed that young professionals in Africa can leverage the opportunities in the evolving workplace by getting relevant skills like coding, time management, and soft skills as these cannot be replicated by artificial intelligence technologies now or in the future.
It was also agreed that they should sell themselves strategically to a global audience leveraging social and digital media.


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