Data from the Institute of Statistics, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana, has revealed that only 10 per cent of graduates find jobs after their first year of completing school.
The data also indicated that it may take up to 10 years for a large number of graduates to secure employment due to varied challenges that ranged from the lack of employable skills, unavailability of funding capital for entrepreneurship, low capacities of industry to absorb the huge numbers among others.
Due to this. University graduates have had to adapt to make a living after graduating from school. Here is the story of a lady who graduated from University of Ghana who has become a successful barber.
Bernice Botchway studied French and Sociology from the University of Ghana. With knowledge in international languages and sociology, one would expect that her job prospects would be better than the average graduate. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Prior to attending the university, she read General Arts at Ghana National College.
After her national service, she decided to go into grooming hair, something she had long been interested in. According to her, her mum, aunties and sisters are all hair dressers. Seeing all her family members do this around her while growing up made her admire the profession.
To kickstart her journey, she contacted the degree barber, a young graduate from the University for Professional Studies Accra who has made a career for himself in cutting hair, to understudy him.
Today, she is able to groom both men and women and nurses hopes of opening her own unisex salon soon.