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Why You Should Stop looking for a Job (And focus on this Instead)

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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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Buying or Selling of Land in Any Part Of Uganda Now Made Easy

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By BigEyeUg Team

A new and most organized real estate agency company is now in Uganda that can facilitate buying or selling of land and houses from any part of the country. Prime Plots under Prime Sponsor Company was created in May 2020 with a clear vision of providing high quality and personalized services to individuals, private sector companies, and government clients in Uganda.

If you are a potential buyer and looking for land, house or apartment, or need help in transferring your land title to your names or company names, then you should visit these guys. A property management company that seems to have the best and trusted real estate agent.

The mission of Prime Sponsor is simple. “To believe in loving your neighbor is to help them succeed”. To fulfill this mission, they perform every due diligence to ensure ownership and protect you the interested buyer or seller and above all, they strive to have a long relationship of friendship with all their clients.

For all those with property to sale, they use applications that will permit satellite view of the entire area, tracking coordinates with GPS that can send a client direct to the site location without being accompanied, they are the first to have such ease operation.

They have become a more trusted solution to all the property fraudsters in Uganda. Their current website is www.primeplots.primesponsor.co.ug

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CCBA installs hand-washing station at Mbarara Hospital

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Mbarara District Health Officer Peter Sebutinde demonstrates how to wash hands.

Mbarara District Health Officer Peter Sebutinde demonstrates how to wash hands.

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As part of support to the Ministry of Health in the fight against Coronavirus in Uganda, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) in Uganda has installed a 5,000 litre Community hand-washing Station at Mbarara Referral Hospital in western Uganda.

CCBA, through Century and Rwenzori Bottling Companies in Uganda, has so far established five (5) 5,000litre Community Handwashing Stations for the general public use in Mukono (Namanve), Kampala (Kyambogo) and Mbarara (Makenke and Municipality).

General Manager Melkamu Abebe, in a message delivered by Mbarara Plant Manager Joackim Baluku, said the Company was committed to contributing to efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 in communities.

“Across the Coca-Cola system we always look for meaningful ways to contribute to our people, including the communities we serve. We are guided by our company purpose: refresh the world and make a difference in the community. We do what we do because we are people-centered. We provided safety measures inside our Plants to protect our employees and their families, and now with the community hand-washing Tanks we are extending that protection to the general public,” Abebe said.

Mbarara Referral Hospital Director Celestine Barigye said the hospital had established two hand-washing stations but was overwhelmed by the numbers of people flocking the hospital.

Hospital officials had raised concerns about long queues of people gathering at the stations to wash their hands, as an additional COVID-19 risk.

“When the Pandemic began, following the President’s advice we set-up the two hand-washing facilities but they were not enough. With this new addition we can ensure more people wash hands faster and increase the safety of all. We also needed an extra reservoir tank and we have now received it. The tank from Coca-Cola has a large capacity so water availability is guaranteed,” he said.

Mbarara Referral Hospital currently has eight COVID-19 patients and has so far discharged 21 who have recovered successfully. The hospital has a bed capacity to handle 30 patients at ago.

The CCBA handover on Wednesday also included 305 20-litre hand-washing Jerrycans for distribution at various busy points in Mbarara, handed to the COVID-19 District Task Force. This is part of the 5,000 hand-washing Jerrycans pledged for the national effort against COVID-19.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, CCBA has provided several interventions including; food relief worth UGX390 million from The Coca-Cola Foundation, distributed through the Uganda Red Cross Society to vulnerable families affected by the lockdown; UGX85 million to the Ministry of Health to buy medical equipment and sundries; public awareness worth UGX460 million and three pick-up trucks for the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Task Force. So far the total contribution during this period is UGX1.3 billion.



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Masaka teacher wins big in MTN MoMo Nyabo promotion

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MTN's Jimmy Ssempuuma (L) hands over Emily Tumuheki's cheque.

MTN’s Jimmy Ssempuuma (L) hands over Emily Tumuheki’s cheque.

By Our Reporter 

With the disruption caused by COVID-19, teaching is one of the professions that took a hit. It even gets harder for the private school teachers who are not earning salary as schools have been closed since March.

Emily Tumuheki, a private school teacher in Masaka, is one of the many teachers who have gone without pay since the closure of schools as a way of preventing the spread of the deadly Covid19.

Tumuheki, a resident of Nyendo town in Masaka district and a teacher of English at Kitendesa Modern Primary School reaped big from the on-going MoMoNyabo Together promotion as she won herself a whopping 5,000,000 Uganda shillings. The teacher could not believe her luck the moment she learnt that she had been chosen as a lucky winner in the MoMo Nyabo Together promotion.

When the hosts of the MoMo Nyabo Together show Zahara Totto and Patricko Mujuuka first contacted Tumuheki, she was in shock she decided to hand the phone to a friend of hers thinking she was getting conned. She however was able to compose herself and answer all five questions correctly.

While shedding tears of joy at her cheque handover, Tumuheki narrated how life had been so hard seeing as she was not earning and yet her bills kept on accumulating.

Tumuheki who hails from Ntungamo moved to Nyendo in search of greener pastures.

Currently, she is also pursuing a Bachelors degree in Secondary Education to grow her career.

The happy teacher was overwhelmed with the fact that she had indeed become a millionaire.

“I cannot imagine this real. This money will help me a lot. I plan on starting a shop where I can trade in food items like rice, sugar, salt and many others consumer goods.” Tumuheki said.

Tumuheki went on to add that because of COVID-19, she had resorted to quitting her job and starting something else but she did not have the capital to start her dream business.

“My life has drastically changed for the better,” said an excited Tumuheki in praise of the MTN MoMoNyabo promotion.

She named her mother, Frank Twikirize as her beneficiary. Twikirize was excited when her daughter called to ask if she had received 2,000,000 Uganda shillings that was sent to her phone. An excited Twikirize asked her daughter to thank MTN for remembering them.

“For one to get money in such times, it can only be by the grace of God,” Tumuheki said.

While handing over a dummy cheque, the Regional Manager Central Ssempuuma Jimmy congratulated Tumuheki Emilly upon her win. He also encouraged all MTN customers to continue using the MTN MoMo service, “You too can win like Tumuheki,” he said.

Tumuheki said she always used her MTN MoMo to buy airtime, minutes to make phone calls as well as data to surf the internet and social media. She thanked MTN for availing Ugandans with a chance to win money this year.

Apart from the winners called in studio, 250 people win 50,000 shillings directly every day. All you have to do is pay for airtime, bundles or any bill using MTN MoMo on the MyMTN app or dial *165# and stand a chance to win.



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Airtel, Game Stores partner to make payment for goods easy and convenient for customers

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A customer pays at the till using Airtel Money Pay assisted by a Game Store Executive.

A customer pays at the till using Airtel Money Pay assisted by a Game Store Executive.

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Airtel Uganda has announced a partnership with Game Stores that will see Airtel Money subscribers pay for their purchases using Airtel Money Pay.

Airtel Money Pay is a service that enables Airtel Money subscribers to pay for goods and services using Airtel Money instead of exchanging cash for such purchases. The service enables both parties to immediately confirm these proximity payments via text message (e-receipt) that is sent to both subscriber and seller of the goods/service.

Commenting about this partnership, Airtel Money Head Merchant Portfolio Mr. Godfrey Muhindo noted that this new partnership will bring the highest level of convenience to Airtel subscribers who shop at Game stores.

“This payment method is going to ease the lives of our subscribers. Customers no longer have to carry cash or withdraw money, then pay when they are shopping here at Game,” he noted.

Muhindo also noted that the Airtel Money Pay innovation is timely as it is giving Ugandans an alternative and safe payment method in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking on behalf of Game Stores, Frederick Olwit, the Game Store Manager, welcomed Airtel Money Pay onboard and thanked Airtel Uganda for the partnership.

“Our clients can now transact conveniently and securely from their Airtel accounts and pay for their shopping without hassle,” he said. “As merchants, once we receive the money on our Airtel account, we can use it to make other transactions like payments or transfer it to the bank.”

Mr William Kaye, the Managing Director of Universal Tracking Systems and a customer at Game Stores who has used the service confirms the effectiveness of the product.

“After shopping, I came to the till and made my payment via Airtel Money Pay. The till attendant immediately confirmed payment and in less than a minute, I was done. The service is indeed very fast and did not require me to pay an extra fee,” Mr Kaye said.

At the launch, a lucky draw was held for members of the media and three lucky journalists each received cash sent directly to their Airtel Money accounts to do shopping at the store.



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