Are There Still Many Opportunities For The Unemployed Youth?
You must be asking “why should you go college” if there is lesser job opportunities around. In fact the rise of unemployment is causing concern not only among graduates but also the nation as a whole.
Many countries are turning towards encouraging young business startups to stimulate the economy by creating more jobs.
However, shifting the focus of graduates from job hunting to starting own business is not easy. Many still choose to stay in a 9 to 5 job that can give them stable income despite employment is no longer permanent.
If you're still unemployed, then I suggest you read how I managed to quit my C-level job and still make 5 figure income by starting a small business online.
The strategy that I use works for me but there're still many other opportunities that can land you in a promising career, if you prefer to get a day job.
Here are some that you might find useful.
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 can increase chances of you being noticed by potential employers.
Online Courses from Leading Universities: If you are not aware, there are 800 universities around the world that offer more than 10,000 free online courses for the past 7 years. Many are leading universities such as Stanford, MIT, Yale, Berkeley Harvard and Oxford. 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 career opportunity.
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. To quality, applicants is required to write a 300 word essay and provide justification for your need for 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 promoting affiliate products to make commission. 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 more 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, launches or other business events to make real 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 to get 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 as 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. Lastly, be authentic.
Prepare to Talk about You: Successful people love 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.
If 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. Stay humble and I am sure 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, followed with more 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 groom potential youth.
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 that I spend too much of my time volunteering, I still continue doing it.
And when I least expect any return, it landed me on a promising career despite it was also one last employment I got myself into before I decided to start a small business and work at home.
Opportunities to Work At Home
Can you really remain unemployed and choose to work at home?
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. To help you get started, here are 2 work at home business opportunities you should consider.
Write An Ebook To Make Affiliate Commission: I've a friend who quit her 9 to 5 job to start an ebook project as part of her affiliate marketing business.
Ebook? Sounds too difficult? That's how I feel too. But amazingly, she told me it is easier than you can think of.
And she published 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 Sqribble, 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 email addresses of her subscribers.
After she got hold of their data, she then promotes affiliate product to them by sending them emails.
So when people click on the affiliate link inside the email and buy the product, she earns a commission. That's how she makes money!
Start A Blog To Make Affiliate Commission: Another opportunity for the unemployed youth is to start a blog to promote affiliate products and earn commission.
Here is one success story on how a 21-year old youth chose to drop out from university and continue to remain unemployed to start making affiliate commission at home by starting a blog. This business has helped him make 5 to 6 figure income consistently.
You can read his story here.
In fact there are so many work at home opportunities online and most don’t really require any investment except you might need a good internet connection, a computer and a headset.
If you want to learn the exact method I use to quit my C-level job and still make 5-Figure Income working at home, then here's step-by-step guide you can follow.
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 start a home online business, it is entirely up to you.
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 you go college”. Rather spend more time 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.