What’s next after graduation? Entrepreneurial story of inspiration

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What’s next after graduation? Entrepreneurial story of inspiration Thembinkosi Sayi and wife

B-Metro

Hazel Marimbiza
The music cues as graduates file down the aisle toward the stage, tassels bouncing in a rhythmic motion with each step taken. Beneath each black cap is a student with a smile from ear to ear.

Others shed happy tears for the most anticipated day of tertiary school — graduation. Side by side, parents hold cameras, eager to catch every minute. Shown on screens above begins a slideshow of graduates pictures and memorable moments captured. Speeches given by the principal and late former President Mugabe open up the ceremony.

The day has finally arrived; the memory of every parent’s baby entering kindergarten flickers in the minds of parents as graduates accept their individual degrees.

From day one of freshmen year to the final day of senior year, many memorable days lie in between. The feeling of first entering university becomes a distant memory. Each year brought a new sense of insight and confidence to face the challenges of life. Within every individual grows a unique personality that continues to grow with each passing year.

Within a blink of an eye, lectures, new and old friendships will become sealed memories in the chapter of tertiary school. Another story is added and imprinted into our hearts for what waits ahead.

Graduation becomes one last celebration to remember good times and hard work spent in the years at university. For many, the relief of hard work is paid off once the touch of parchment of a degree is grasped in our hands.

The dedication and advice given by teachers is forever cemented in our minds. The duration in university has prepared us with wisdom and tools to apply to our lives as adults. What lies ahead is to begin a new adventure. We hold a new sense of hope for what the pathway will be like in the future. Our mind begins to ponder what our life will be in 10 years. Will we be married with children, achieve our dream job or become a millionaire?

There may be no time as contradictory as graduating college. We experience a cocktail of emotions, joy, elation and relief, and at the same time, fear, doubt and turmoil as many changes lie ahead.

Our lives are about to change forever. For most of us, it is difficult to enjoy our accomplishments without thinking about life after graduation.

The pressure we face is to not only please ourselves but to also make our families proud.

Thembinkosi Sayi, 30, was one of the students graduating in my class, November 2017, at the National University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Journalism and Media Studies.

Like several other graduates job prospects were hard to come by. “Initially when I enrolled for the degree I wanted to do something close to journalism. I have always loved reading and I was also interested in writing fiction stories. My family and friends motivated me to follow my passion. However, jobs were hard to come by,” said Sayi.

But that did not discourage him to give up on life. Almost three years down the line Sayi is doing pretty well for himself while other graduates continue complaining about the lack of jobs.

Realistically soon after graduating, the real world is not all cotton candy and unicorn rides. But sometimes, misery loves company and recruits it too. Especially when one starts something which is not in line with what they studied for in university there will inevitably be a group of people to discourage.

But, Sayi’s determination could inspire numerous jobless graduates to avoid discouragement the way we avoid Covid-19.

Starting from nothing and working his way up to the top, Sayi has established his own business venture — Teepes Investments — where he specialises in selling imported smartphones and laptops. He has permanently employed some youths and also pays a commission to anyone who brings him clients.

“I started this business from nothing and worked my way up to where I am today. I worked as a store man at Treger Group and I did not earn much. What keeps me going is that whenever I encounter an obstacle or setback, I take it as a challenge or learning curve.

For instance now there is the Covid-19 which comes with many challenges but I never give up,” he said.

He added: “I enrolled for digital courses and I hope to expand this business to other cities in the country and to employ more people”.

According to the National Association of Youth Organisations (Nayo) 90% of youths in the country are unemployed, with universities and colleges churning out graduates that fail to secure jobs.

“Youths currently face the brunt of unemployment in Zimbabwe, educated and qualified, yet without decent jobs,” said Nayo director, Misheck Gondo.

“6 Hardcore Facts About Life-After University” by Toby Nwazor, state that it’s much more difficult to obtain a job after college. The Huffington Post article also described job hunting as a job within itself. The process of hunting for a job can take months, years at a time before one receives any notification or conditional job offer. “Indeed it’s hard but I just want to encourage the youths not to have a ‘full time job or nothing’ attitude when it comes to job searching. Today’s job market demands flexibility and hustle.

“I was flexible, that is why I managed to start my business. This business has enabled me to take care of my parents. Recently, I also managed to get married. All these things, I would not have accomplished if I was still waiting for my journalism job,” said Sayi.
For instance now there is the Covid-19 which comes with many challenges but I never give up,” he said.

He added: “I enrolled for digital courses and I hope to expand this business to other cities in the country and to employ more people”.

According to the National Association of Youth Organisations (Nayo) 90 percent of youths in the country are unemployed, with universities and colleges churning out graduates that fail to secure jobs.

“Youths currently face the brunt of unemployment in Zimbabwe, educated and qualified, yet without decent jobs,” said Nayo director, Misheck Gondo.

“6 Hardcore Facts About Life-After University” by Toby Nwazor, state that it’s much more difficult to obtain a job after college. The Huffington Post article also described job hunting as a job within itself. The process of hunting for a job can take months, years at a time before one receives any notification or conditional job offer. “Indeed it’s hard but I just want to encourage the youths not to have a ‘full time job or nothing’ attitude when it comes to job searching. Today’s job market demands flexibility and hustle.

“I was flexible, that is why I managed to start my business. This business has enabled me to take care of my parents. Recently, I also managed to get married. All these things, I would not have accomplished if I was still waiting for my journalism job,” said Sayi.

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