In a previous post on EdwardAsare.com, we highlighted data from the Institute of Statistics, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana, which 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.
In a report sighted on Yen.com.gh, an alumnus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) recently shared how he got into selling packaged water after his failed attempts at getting a corporate job. Simply going by Elvis, he graduated from university in 2016 after pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management. He continued to complete his national service and since then has been in and out of quite a few contract jobs.
After trying continuously and failing, he had the idea to start his business after he noticed how difficult it was to get water in his community. He began to sell sachet water on commercial basis because he realised what his community lacked and decided to find a solution to it.
“My place isn’t a big town, and the cars which supply the bags of water do not come here everyday. So sometimes there will be shortage of bags of water in town because the trucks to deliver the water would not come! I therefore thought it wise to venture into that business,” the report revealed. Currently, Elvis has been in the business for three months and though it has been good, he still hasn’t relented on his dreams of securing a corporate job.
“Looking forward to gain a corporate job and this will be my part time job, which I intend to continue doing regardless.” Elvis is available for all jobs opportunities. He can be reached on 0240105765.