Are There Still Many Opportunities For The Unemployed Youth?
You must be asking “why should I go college” if there is no longer good job opportunities for you. In fact the rise of global unemployment is causing concern not only among graduates but also to the nation as a whole.
To solve this problem, many countries are supporting young business startups to create more jobs for the nation.
Shifting the focus of graduates from job hunting to starting own business is never easy. Many are not willing to take risk and still opt for the traditional 9 to 5 job so they can have stable income.
But is working for others still safe when global retrenchment is on the rise now?
If you think like most of them but still unemployed, then you should focus on the various opportunities that I am going to share here that can help you find your dream career.
Don’t worry, many opportunities are free and can land you a promising career, provided you put in consistence effort and hard work.
Opportunities to Learn through Online Courses
Being unemployed is not that bad as it gives you reason to try various opportunities before getting the right one.
What you have is time where none who are still employed can enjoy. You can trade your time for knowledge and get ready for the next job opportunity.
One good way is to start with free online courses, get your certification and show on your LinkedIn. This way will increase your employability.
Online Courses from Leading Universities: If you are not aware, there are 800 universities around the world that has offered more than 10,000 free online courses for the past 7 years. Many are leading universities like Stanford, MIT, Yale, Berkeley Harvard, Oxford and many more. With over 45,000 hours of free audio and video lectures from leading universities, I am sure you can learn something and prepare yourself for the next opportunity that come.
Coursera: With over 30 million learners who signed up for this learning platform, Coursera now has more than 2,700 online courses with 50% in the field of technology and business. Despite not all courses are free (you can only sign up for free via individual course pages), Coursera does provide financial aid to those in need. Applicants need to write a 300 word essay and provide a reason on why they need financial aid.
Open2Study: With 49 specialized free high-quality education online spread over four weeks, you will receive free certificate for each successful completion. You can study real courses with real value anytime at your convenience. In just four weeks you are able to acquire new knowledge to explore the next opportunity in your career. Courses are provided by leading Australian businesses and educational institutions and it won't cost you a cent.
Udemy: With over 80,000 training videos on Udemy, you can learn at your own pace in the field of business, design, photography, IT & software, marketing and many more. Most of the courses are not free yet affordable, starting from $11.99 for beginners. To find free course, you just need to apply “filter” on each search.
Wealthy Affiliate: If you do not want to work in a 9 to 5 job, nor can you afford substantial investment to start a business, then Wealthy Affiliate might be the one you should consider. It teaches you step-by-step on how to start a blog and earn money online. Comes with 10 free lessons, 2 free websites and writing tools. All you need is to master you content creation skills and you are on your way to build a profitable affiliate business online with marketers from 193 countries.
Regardless of whether you are learning to take on future employment opportunities or to start online business, having online skills is crucial. This include coding, social media, content creation, blogging, etc.
One thing for sure, learning can definitely bring you closer to opportunities.
Opportunities to Network Face-to-Face
It is undeniable that networking is important for you to uncover more opportunities.
With easily accessible social networking platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and many more, young people prefer to bring their conversation online. This reduces face-to-face interaction significantly.
However, many successful people spend lesser time on social networking platforms, or rather they have professionals to manage their social presence. You sure can miss out connection with them if lingering online is the only networking activity for you.
Try to attend conferences, workshops, launching or other business events to make connection.
If you attend one, here are some ways to maximize your opportunities.
Plan Your Outfit: Planning for your outfit at least two days before the event can help in getting yourself noticed. I am sure you want to send the right signal to people you meet right? Choosing something that is clean, professional and can create a unique personal brand image for yourself will enhance your opportunity to network. You will also get good chance to be tagged in someone’s social media post too. So, make sure you look great.
Engage in Small Talk: Small talk can very engaging when used correctly despite it can be awkward, uncomfortable or even intimidating to start. In order to excel, first you must dismiss any misconception that such conversation is meaningless. Cultivate a genuine interest on people you meet. Treat them as though they can potentially become your best friend. Then you will find it easier to engage in powerful small talk. Also, approach strangers with happy emotion and it will be reciprocated.
Prepare to Talk about You: Successful people loves to share their stories. But at the same time, they are constantly looking for new stories of others too. When you share about yourself, make sure it is unique, interesting and concise. Try to switch between talking about yourself and asking them questions on what they do to keep the conversation engaging. Remember, nobody like to hear your stories continuously without having the chance to express theirs.
Follow-up: It is really a big mistake if you didn’t follow up with the connection you made during networking event. You can connect with them on LinkedIn, Twitter or even Facebook. There is no point going if there is no follow through afterwards.
Remember, if you are looking for opportunities, networking is never an option anymore. It is in fact a necessity.
When you are able to practice what I’ve shared here, I am sure face-to-face networking can give you new insights of the various opportunities available. Be humble and more people will be willing to help you.
Opportunities to Volunteer & Work in NGO
Since time is something you have and can afford, I would recommend you to become a volunteer in NGO.
Regardless of the academic level you are in, I am sure anyone has the capability to contribute knowledge and expertise to support social and community development.
The good news is, some NGOs offer free training to equip people with necessary skills, follow up with jobs opportunities.
One unique benefit serving the NGO is the opportunity to know more successful people.
Don’t forget, most NGOs are initiated by them. They have more time to offer, more knowledge to share and are more willing to help those in need.
If you are a young person looking for job opportunities, you might want to try your luck there.
Despite having said that, I believe contributing genuinely is the pre-requisite towards bringing more opportunities on oneself.
I've on numerous times volunteered whole heartedly without asking for return. Although there are many people who don’t agree with me, I still continue doing it (read my story here).
When I least expect any return, my volunteering landed me on a promising job that I was proud of.
Here's one creation of mine while volunteering.
This creation has won me the award as “The Most Creative Individual” and has inspired more than 100,000 people online on various YouTube channels. Some even translated to different languages.
Opportunities to Work At Home
Can you really work at home and remain unemployed?
For many who are still working for others receiving stable income every month, it might be frightening to think about sitting at home not knowing how much you can earn tomorrow.
But if you are unemployed, there is nothing you should worry about.
Create An Ebook
I've a friend who quit her 9 to 5 job started an ebook project to earn money working at home.
Ebook? Sounds so difficult!
That's how I feel too. But amazingly, she told me it is easier than you can think of.
And she created her professionally designed ebook so quickly that I bet you won't believe if you haven't seen one.
Apparently, she uses an ebook creator software called Scribble, a very powerful tool that can creates ebook in seconds!
What she did was to first create an ebook as free giveaway in exchange for emails of her subscribers.
Once she got people to subscribe she will then promote other affiliate offers to them.
That's how she makes money!
Start A Blog
Another opportunity for the unemployed youth is to build a blog.
Here is one success story on how a 21-year old chose to work at home and continue to remain unemployed but still earn decent income.
Jerry started a blog and earn money promoting affiliate products. You can read his story here.
Of course, he put in lots of hard work to make this happen.
In fact there are so many work at home opportunities online for the unemployed youth.
You can start freelance work with existing websites, work at home for companies, sell own products via ecommerce, self-publish a book then sell on Amazon, promote affiliate products or even start a blog (here’s how you can start one for free) to earn money online.
If you don’t believe, here are additional 50 legitimate ways you can earn money online at home.
Most don’t really require any investment except you might need good internet connection, a computer and a headset. The headset shown below only cost you $17.99 on Amazon.
For me, I prefer to start a blog to promote affiliate products online.
You don’t have to invest in stocks.
What you need to do is to register as an affiliate, then start promoting. When someone click your link and make a purchase, you earn a commission. There is no need to even take care of delivery.
Here is how to start affiliate marketing for the beginners.
They gave me one-on-one coaching, tonnes of high quality video lessons that I can learn myself and many marketing tools that are useful to start promoting affiliate products.
If you are interested, here’s one video to get you started.
Well, I am not saying this is the only opportunity for the unemployed youth.
Whether you want to start brushing up your skills to prepare for future employment, join a community to expand your network, volunteer to gain more experience or earn money online work at home, it is entirely up to you.
Whatever you have decided, make sure you put in effort and be consistent until you achieve your goals.
There are just so many opportunities if you are unemployed. Working in a 9 to 5 job is definitely not your only choice.
So, stop asking yourself repeatedly “why should I go college”. Rather spend more time and focus to explore business for the unemployed youth that you might have missed out.
If you find any other opportunities for the unemployed youth, please do share on the comment box below. I would love to know your thoughts.