When I saw this tweet on my twitter page, it sounded kind of insulting. After reading it over a few times, its real meaning came to me. But guess what? That “insulting tweet” is the reason I wrote this article.
Just in case you don’t know, Robert Kiyosaki is an entrepreneur and author of the RICH DAD series. He’s my mentor in the aspect of the human mentality and financial intelligence and I’ve read almost all his books.
Why did this tweet sound insulting? Well, I guess it’s because I’m still an undergraduate but I’m pretty sure that I don’t fall in this category. The truth of the matter is that some people do belong in this category and it’s not just undergrads.
It is true that unemployment is an issue in most countries, especially the developing ones. Millions of college students leave school every year only to join the millions already out there. They obediently join the queue and the “wait for the job” syndrome flows down to them. Getting a job is not bad but waiting for the job to come to you is just not the best. That job you’re waiting for is going to get to other people on the same queue before it gets to you. If the job eventually gets to you, what do you do? Do you let it also pass you by or do you counter it and make your position its dead end?
That tweet only becomes true when you don’t do your part in securing that dream job. One thing I’ve come to realize is that no matter how high the level of unemployment is in any country, some guys just seem to have it going good for them. Within one year of graduation, they get jobs and steadily climb their way up the corporate ladder.
The important question to ask here is, ‘how do they do it?’ There must be something they know which the others don’t. Sometimes it’s not about having the right contacts or being impressive in an interview. Most times, it’s about you. Does that sound strange? Well, it shouldn’t. Let’s see a few ways you can make those jobs come your way.
1. Become Employable.
From my part of the world, most people go to school with the mentality of getting good grades and then getting a job. Robert Kiyosaki calls this the “poor man’s mentality”. What they don’t realize is that those grades are just not enough. Graduating with a distinction doesn’t make you the only one with it. Millions of others have that same grade too. In a situation like this, the only thing that can stand you out is that extra thing that you know. Most companies today don’t hire based on grades but on productivity. You’ll need to learn something extra within your field if you want to make any headway. This will be a very good form of leverage, especially if your fellow interviewee only has school grades.
2. Look in The Right Places.
“The elevator to success is out of service, but the stairs are always open.”
So many people want to get to the top of the stairs without climbing it. With our little qualifications, we target high positions and then blame the government when we don’t get what we want. To dream big, you have to start small. This doesn’t mean going for the lowest positions in a company but working on yourself before launching out. A lot of people leave school prematurely without even knowing it.
Looking for a job in a promising startup isn’t such a bad idea. This will definitely assist you in gaining the experience you need for those high positions. Sometimes, working in small businesses are the best first steps you can make.
3. Be Your Own Boss
You can help reduce the level of unemployment by creating jobs for yourself and others. You could be that small start-up that a job seeker could gain experience with. The best way to do this is to have the ability to spot opportunities. You really don’t need to join the millions of jobless people out there who just talk about their problems. Look around you for something that needs to be done and be the solution. By doing this, you’ll be helping lots of people out there and you know what; you’ll be happy doing it too.
Do you know better ways to reduce unemployment and make people realize that they create their own future?
Share your views and let others learn from you. Your comments are welcome.