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By Jaluum Herbert Luwizza

Youth unemployment in Uganda is the highest in Africa. A recent study, “Lost opportunity? Gaps in youth policy and programming in Uganda”, published by ActionAid, put youth unemployment at 62%, although the African Development Bank says it could be as high as 83%.

Uganda has the world’s largest percentage of young people under 30 – 78% – according to the to the 2012 State of Uganda population report by the UN Population Fund. Worldwide, there are about 1.2 billion 15- to 24-year-olds. About 200 million are in Africa.

In the past decade, Uganda has experienced strong GDP growth, averaging 7% annually, but this has not generated jobs, a trend seen across the continent. Lack of employment is causing some young people to take risks. Last July, 36 young people, who had been running motorcycle taxis(boda bodas), were burnt to death as they tried to siphon fuel from a truck that had been involved in an accident. That’s a scary amount of people focused entirely on job hunting.

Its very okay to look for a job, the only painful truth we all don’t want to swallow is that there are no jobs to cater for that big number of unemployed youths.

Thankfully, I think there’s another way – which is entrepreneurship.

Though I will focus on that other way another day. I will take this opportunity to explain why you shouldn’t be looking for a job to start with.

1. Your looking for a job you don’t even Like.

Yes, very many people looking for jobs are out hunting for a good pay day or jobs that suit their hours. If you are one of those people then am most definitely going to tell you authoritatively, you shouldn’t be looking for a job in the first place. Enjoyment or love for what you do should be at the core of your priorities when looking for a job.

To me this is berserk.If you should be looking for a job then putting in hours of your time in a job that doesn’t offer you enjoyment, doesn’t interest you or guarantee you satisfaction is weird. Sad fact is as a society we look at work as a chore that guarantees you a pay check at the end of the month which in its self is pitiful.

Me, I would never do a job that doesn’t interest me or offer enjoyment because with time I would get bored, laziness would creep in slowly and I would never live with doing some thing I don’t enjoy all my life.

2. Jobs Have Changed A lot

A lot has changed in our times. 20-30 years ago you would be guaranteed a job that would last a life time literally.This is myth in modern times since job security is one of the biggest concerns of the employed these days.

So what am I trying to say? Getting yourself a job is just half the struggle. Keeping your job could be as daunting a task as getting it or even harder due to the high competitiveness that characterizes the job market these days. Even merging and outsourcing by companies has made it harder.

In other words, getting the job is now only half the battle. Being able to keep it can be just as difficult, thanks to the heightened competition and the tendency for modern companies to outsource their work. Then it’s also gotten down to who you know rather than how good you are, for instance if your have been working for that promotion for three years and the boss’s niece just graduated you may as well forget the promotion.
So what does that mean? It means that in today’s world you can not look at a job as the holy grail because you can not solely depend on your expertise alone to get forward. Every thing in the cooperate world is very volatile including your job status.

3. That Isn’t the Job Your Studied For

Most of the job seekers are university graduates or people that hold a qualification of any sorts. Its a very normal scene to see people settling for jobs that have no relevance to what they studied in University for years. Don’t allow to be one of those. Studying a particular subject for this long shows some level passion for it, so you owe it to yourself to find a job that relates to this passion. If that is not the case then you’re not alone.

4. You’ve Waited Long Enough

If you are out there looking for a job as I write this, chances are that you have been looking for a job for quite a while now to no avail.

Every single day that goes by looking for a job is added on the list of unsuccessful list of days that have come before this one.This does not only kill your motivation but it also drains your energy wasting your precious time too.

Am not trying to say that how ever much you keep looking you will never find a job, No. All I wanted to highlight is that those days wasted on unsuccessful applications and interviews are gone and will never be recovered

Of course, that’s not to say that you wont ever find a job, because if you persist for long enough, you probably will. But those days of hunting will forever be lost, wasted on an unsuccessful job application or failed interview.

Its actually advisable to start using this time you’re seated on waiting for that phone to ring or mail to pop in to take action.

5. You Have So Much More to Offer

Perhaps the biggest reason I can give you to stop job hunting, is your potential to offer the world something of real value. I know it sounds corny, but bear with me here.

If the job you end up taking restricts you to inputting data into a computer, or answering a phone, then the world has lost a creative mind. And that’s sad.

You see, we all have something to offer. Our thoughts, ideas, inventions and opinions can quite literally shape the world around us, and with the Internet now more accessible than ever, denying yourself the chance to express that potential is almost criminal.

ABOUT AUTHOR:

Jaluum Herberts is the C.E.O of Flash Point, an East African Information Technology Consultancy firm. He is also a co-founder at YOUNG TREPS, a global forum that focuses on helping the youth on their entrepreneurial voyage from brilliant ideas and start ups to financially profitable and prosperous companies.

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Vivo Energy Uganda awarded for its child helmet safety campaign 

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L-R:  Vivo Energy Uganda Managing Director Gilbert Assi, Vivo Group Chairman Christian Chammas, Vivo Energy Uganda Corporate Communications Manager Valery Okecho, Communications Assistant Hilda Tushabe, Vivo Energy Namibia MD Edward Walugembe and Group Executive Vice President for East & Southern Africa, Hans Paulsen receiving the award.

L-R: Vivo Energy Uganda Managing Director Gilbert Assi, Vivo Group Chairman Christian Chammas, Vivo Energy Uganda Corporate Communications Manager Valery Okecho, Communications Assistant Hilda Tushabe, Vivo Energy Namibia MD Edward Walugembe and Group Executive Vice President for East & Southern Africa, Hans Paulsen receiving the award.

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Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda, has been awarded Vivo Energy Group’s Reputation Builders Award for its behavioural change campaign titled, ‘Heads Up!’

Vivo Energy’s Reputation Builders Award is awarded to a project or team that has made a significant contribution to improving the reputation of Vivo Energy with external stakeholders.

‘Heads Up!’ was launched in 2019 with an aim of creating awareness about the probable dangers that school children using public motorcycle transportation, commonly referred to as ‘boda bodas’, face during their daily commute to and from school ; mostly without the required safety helmets.

The partnership between Vivo Energy Uganda and Safe Boda Uganda saw both companies donate child helmets to 12 public schools in high traffic areas of Kampala.

School heads distributed and managed their use among their respective pupils that use motorcycle transportation to attend school.

Announcing the award at the Group’s annual Leadership Conference, the Vivo Energy Group Head of Communications, Rob Foyle said, “The annual Vivo Awards are important as they allow us the chance to both celebrate success, and also recognise and reward some of the best work that’s completed all across our company. Congratulations to team Uganda for winning this award.”

Vivo Energy Uganda Managing Director, Gilbert Assi said, “This is a great honour for our company and for our Corporate Communications team, which is in charge of managing Vivo Energy Uganda’s reputation with all stakeholders through socially impactful community initiatives in education, environment and road safety.”

“Creating safe road users also requires that we increase public awareness about their role in enhancing their own safety. We hope that this campaign will continue to inspire the introduction and enforcement of policy to address regulation of safe transportation of children using motorcycle transportation to and from schools,’’ he added.

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MTN Uganda Rewards the First Winners of new campaign “MoMoPay Trolley Dash”

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MTN Uganda today started its MoMo Pay trolley dash campaign rewarding it’s first three winners each with 1 million worth of goodies at Ntinda based Fraine supermarket. The telecom giant last week announced it will reward 20 customers who are paying for their goods/services using MTN MoMoPay.

Wycliff Bamulanzeki, John Masembe, Ayiko Rogers, Sharon Tumusime, and Florence Amoit were the first winners of the new campaign however only Masembe, Tumusime, and Amoit were present today.

The trio participated in a UGX1 million trolley dash at Fraine Supermarket. Each took turn to shop their interest in a time period of 1 minute with conditions not to break anything or exceed UGX1 million.

On their thoughts of cashless payment, the trio commended MTN for introducing that ease payments. Quote, “this easy, fast and convenient.” For Mr. John Masembe he further stated that nearly 90% of his payments are through MoMoPay.

MoMoPay is a year old since its introduction in Uganda. And so far have over 80,000+ merchants from supermarkets, pharmacies, restaurants, hardware shops, fuel stations, among others registered.

MomoPay is to combat the pain experience by customers while making transactions – especially when it comes to customer’s change. Therefore, the telco through MomoPay is simplifying financial transactions by enabling people transact comfortably and conveniently using their mobile phones.

The Transaction

To be in position to use the MomoPay system, one has to be registered to MTN mobile money. Because you will have to pay for the product/service using mobile money at no extra cost. The customers sends money straight to the merchant’s code and all is done instantly.

Using Point of Sale (POS) systems

In supermarket for instance, you can use MoMoPay on POS. Using the scenario of Shoprite, from the POS machine. One selects option to pay using MomoPay. Inserts their mobile phone number, and confirm payment from the phone using mobile money pin.

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MTN Uganda launches 5G connectivity, first in East Africa and 3rd in Africa with connection

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MTN Uganda has today taken internet connectivity to another level. With fourth-generation (4G) technology still staggering, the leading telecom company in Uganda has introduced 5G connectivity. At an event today at the offices in Kololo, MTN Uganda demonstrated the first live demo of 5G network in Uganda in an event presided over by Prime Minister Dr. Ruhana Rugunda who represented President Yoweri Museveni fulfilling their earlier promise to commercially roll out 5G in before 2020 ends.“5G will make our life better, drive incremental capacity and open up new businesses. MTN as a company is constantly making efforts to break barriers by democratizing voice and data connectivity in order to improve subscriber experience,” said MTN Uganda’s CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte.

It is also expected that with an adequate spectrum allocated to the 5G standard, the increased capacity would result in lower data cost to Uganda.

MTN is working with South Korean firm ZTE the market leaders in 5G. ZTE is already working with operators to out 5+.

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