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Use technology to create jobs, experts tell youths

Use technology to create jobs, experts tell youths

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Ozioma Ubabukoh

Human resources and talent experts have called on young people to leverage on the benefits that digital technology provides to position themselves for job opportunities.

They stated this as panellists during a session of the just-concluded Social Media Week with the theme, ‘The Freelance Economy: Technology and the Future of Jobs’.

The Managing Solicitor, TRIAX Solicitors, Mr. Moses Dickson, stated that technology was creating a new wave of digital entrepreneurs, who could provide their skills and expertise at the comfort of their homes, without having to resume in a conventional office environment.

According to him, the trend will support the government in solving the unemployment challenges in the country, “which has led many youths to be involved in criminal activities.”

“While the government can provide an enabling environment through policies and technology infrastructure, young people can create opportunities for themselves through technology,” Oruaze said.

He stated that the role of training in creating digital jobs was non-negotiable, adding that training in-and out-of-school youths with basic and advanced digital skills would connect young people with job opportunities in the digital economy.

“This will in the long run lead to innovation, higher productivity and competitiveness, expanding markets, access to work and entrepreneurship opportunities,” the TRIAX Solicitors boss added.

The Chief Executive Officer, Career Insights, Keji Giwa, stated that the youth could only leverage the transformative power of technology to create jobs for themselves if they were equipped with a range of digital skills.

He said that while technology could enhance education, reduce youth unemployment and promote social and economic development, it was the responsibility of young people to explore these opportunities.

Giwa stated, “Skills like coding, web development and graphics design can provide employment opportunities for young people and these skills can be offered on freelance and hire platforms.

“Today, people do not need to wait for the government to get jobs, they can create jobs for themselves if they acquire digital skills.”

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