By Nduka Nma 15 months ago

 We will explore the aspects of what it means to have a “skill” and its implications on Nigeria’s workflow areas. Nigeria, being a developing country, has a lot of opportunities inherent in its society for job creation due to the absence of major projects that provide these opportunities for job seekers.

The first aspect of skill we are to look into is the academic skill hence: the certification from a notable institute of learning that one has achieved all requirements in a certain field relating to the job that a person wishes to undertake. There is no place in Nigeria where some sort of qualification is not required for well-meaning businesses regarding the opportunity to be employed as part of the work force of such an establishment. To clear all doubts, here is an example of a job that on face-value looks like it would not require academic qualification to start up and succeed at such an endeavor.

Photography: Most people think that photography is such an easy job that only requires the possession of a camera and the ability to find the right angle and perspective to take shots. This is a highly flawed method of reasoning in the sense that a person who probably has gone through the academic process with relation to a specific area of photography, example- industrial photography, would be on high demand because of the academic skill that follows his claims of being a photographer. A person with a camera and no chance to show what he has got to offer because he/she has no academic skill backing them would not be taken seriously and would therefore have to be considered useless in the grand work flow of the Nigerian labor force.

The second aspect of skill we are going to consider is the vocational skill- Vocational skills are practical or first-hand skills that help a person master a trade. What then is the difference between vocational skill and academic skill? Vocational skill is obtained through practical training in one specific area of interest that culminates in diplomas or certificates that allow you to build a career while the academic skill requires going to a traditional college with training methods focusing more on theoretical knowledge of the workings of a wide range of subject matters. So, in having a vocational skill, chances are that jobs would fall to you quicker and with more consideration as per the certificate or diploma that shows the practical training completed towards building that career.

The final aspect of skill to be considered is the inherent skill or talent. This has to do with the skill that a person possesses from birth. There are some people who are born with innate skills that help in job sourcing and security. For example, a person that is born with the ability to sing at a very high pitch, such a person would be a favorite for job providers when it comes to show business.

In conclusion, not everybody is born with innate skill and some people do not value the attainment of vocational or academic skills. In that case, such a person with all the evidences above does not have a possibility of working successfully in Nigeria.


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