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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

One of the many challenges that new graduates of higher education institutions face is finding a job and in some cases this problem leads them to depression.

But one author, Mr. Jonah Solomon, seems to have the solution to this problem and he has compiled the practical steps graduates can take to get a job and build a career.

He gave the solution in his new book titled First Generation: A Graduate’s Perfect Guide to Starting a Career in Emerging Markets.

With an emerging market graduate unemployment rate averaging 7.97%, according to a recent MSCI report, and around three million Nigerian graduates unemployed, Mr. Career.

During the book’s public presentation in Lagos recently, the author said he used his experience to start and develop his career in Africa’s largest city, Lagos, to offer practical advice to most. From graduating students, to recent graduates and to those looking to make real progress in their careers should never be taken for granted.

“This book is strictly about starting off on a solid footing as a recent graduate who has now earned a college degree or higher and is heading to the city to start a life with a knockout certificate.

“By the time you finish this book, you will be able to answer questions such as what to do next after you graduate, if you are still in school. If you are about to graduate, say you are in your penultimate or final year; you should have a good idea of ​​what you should be doing.

“If you have just graduated and want to embark on a career, the practical lessons I have outlined in this book can be a perfect guide,” Mr. Solomon said during the book’s official public presentation. in Lagos.

Earlier in a remark, the deputy editor of the Vanguard newspapers, Mr Babajide Komolafe, who was chairing the event, said the book comes at the right time, as it comes at a time when graduate unemployment has reached a peak. critical level.

“I congratulate Jonas for taking the time to write this book. I am optimistic that the young people leaving university today will find it invaluable. A lot of new graduates usually don’t know where to start immediately after graduation and I think this book will provide that much-needed respite, ”the financial reporter said.

Also speaking in a fireside chat, Jobberman’s operations and experience manager Ms Francesca Alabede said the book highlighted the important ingredients for starting and developing a career in the markets emerging.

“I am happy that the book underlines the importance of soft skills in professional mobility. Indeed, in addition to technical skills, new graduates need to develop non-technical skills. Soft skills play a critical role in the workplace and most often determine who employers hire.

“A recent study by researchers at Harvard University found that 85% of professional successes were due to well-developed soft skills, while 15% were the result of technical skills. As a young graduate, in addition to your technical skills, you must develop your soft skills. These general skills include the way you interact with people, the way you do your job, the way you conduct yourself, etc. Therefore, your technical skills are never enough and new graduates should pay attention to them, ”she said.

For her part, the book reviewer, Ms. Onna Okafor, said the book is a manual not only for recent graduates, but also for anyone looking to make significant career advancements.

“While this book is aimed at young graduates, I find it compelling for anyone looking to advance their career, whether they are recent graduates or working professionals. The practical advice in this book is timeless and I commend the author for taking the time to give back to society by writing this book, ”she said.

Electronic and paperback versions of the book are available for purchase from Amazon or amazon.co.uk at a reduced price and in Nigeria the paperback and e-book are also available for download from the website of the author, Paystack Storefront and Selar.


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