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Opinions of Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Columnist: Solomon N. D

Tears of an unemployed graduate

As i write this message, the only hopes left in me for life are frustration, given up on life, doing it the hardest and wicked ways and perhaps just putting everything to an end through suicide.

It's been six years of unemployment after my graduation on 6th June 2014 from the University of Ghana, Legon.

Well I know someone out there reading this, will probably say I am lazy and did not try alternatives(self-employment) but that is not the case my people.

I started searching for job during my National Service but I never found one. I spent another one year after service searching for job but found none. I then decided to enroll for a professional course in IT for a year with high hopes I will secure a job after but still, I found none. With my IT skills, I pulled together a few friends to start an IT company which we legally registered at the Registrar General Department and operated for 3 years.

My motivation for starting the company was to employ myself and in the nearest future provide jobs for other young Ghanaians should my company sustain but we failed brutally and the company has collapsed. It's been 5 months of job searching again after my company collapse.

I became so excited when I heard about the army officers enlistment for 2020, I said to myself 'this is my last chance' and this must happen this time around but I became much more frustrated upon realizing people above age 26 do not qualify to apply. You can imagine how old I am now after all these years of hustling.

Now I feel my world is fading away and I really do not have a life. I feel my world is behind me now and my fears for tomorrow are getting bigger and bigger each day.

So I ask a few questions

Is it my fault I am unemployed or someone’s fault?

Am I truly lazy not to have tried enough?

Will my children ever have a better life someday?

As I write this message, the only hopes left in me for life are frustration, given up on life, doing it the hardest and wicked ways and perhaps just putting everything to an end through suicide.

endi.solom@gmail.com

Unemployed graduate

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