The Age of Technology


“Back in our days, top companies come to our universities to recruit graduating students. Before you graduate, you are sure that employment is waiting for you somewhere.”

Above is the musing of a father whose son had spent five (5) months at home after NYSC, looking for job. You are probably familiar with these kind of sayings from two generations past. Stories of how in the age of industrialization, there was resounding need to fill up positions that required educational qualification and since there was shortage of these people in the country, there was always space for employment. But that age is gone now asNational Bureau of Statistics suggests that 7 in 10 graduates are either underemployed or unemployed.

What has changed? If you look at the entire system, it is not different from the olden days. Schools have continued to churn out graduates, industries are still in operation, and people are still working like they used to work in those days. So what changed?

Times have changed. Before industrial revolution, there came the educational revolution; when the most educated in the society became teachers. To be gainfully employed, all you needed was to attend Teacher’s College. The most respected people were headmasters and principals of schools. Then industrial revolution came onboard. People started schooling to be Accountants, Engineers, Doctors, Lab Scientists, Geologists and many more. There was demand for these people, but that didn’t mean that there was no demand for teachers again. To be able to teach, you also had to go beyond just teacher’s college. Engineers taught engineers, Doctors taught doctors and the list goes on.

Nevertheless, the industrial revolution is coming to an end and the age of technology is upon us. This new age is not characterised by what the educational system, which is still hinged on industrial revolution, taught you. But rather, what you have to offer. To survive this new age, people need to come to terms with skills that thrives. These skills aren’t necessarily digital skills, but rather, the skills that you’ll need to harness the advantage that technology brings.

We all know these skills. If you don’t know them, now is the time to get to know them. And if you know them, the next question is: WHICH OF THEM HAVE YOU MASTERED?

In response to the above, My opinion is Recycling.

Nigeria needs a total recycling in her educational sector, political sector and economic sector.
This should be done through a sincere and positive attitude.

First, let me talk about the educational sector. The education our fathers had though without sophisticated technology, is worth more than what the today educational system is offering. That is why we have half-baked graduates all around the country.
Today’s educational system does not support any innovative and creative development.
Today’s educational system does not support practical programs. Though few does.
Today’s educational executives are after money and young women and not impacting them with what the country expects from them.
This is a tragedy for the country. If things continue to grow this way, what would be the fate of this country?
Graduates are not creative, because they are not taught creativity and innovation. We are taught about white-collar jobs.
I think the educational system needs recycling , learning processes needs corrected and reconstructured (reformation)

Secondly, the political system.
This is the engine cause of the problem we are facing in the country.
The political world engineers the whole system, therefore if the country is not working well then it bears the blame.
Today, Nigerian political system is full of selfish leaders who are blind to the entire country. What they see is their families and friends.
Our parents were very lucky to have found leaders who had the interest of the country at heart.
Our leaders are blind and dumb to innovation and creativity. They are totally not supportive in the financial aspect and technological aspects.
They are Dream killers.
We lack support!!

Lastly, economic system.
This is a byproduct of the above.

I leave it from here…
Thank you

Oluseyi Faremi:
This story is actually a true story. It has stated fact happening then and now.
All it was telling us is that time has changed.

It is no longer like the time of educational revolution; when the most educated in the society became teachers. To be gainfully employed then is to attend Teacher’s College. The most respected people were headmaster and principals of schools.

It is also no longer like the time of Industrial revolution when people started schooling to be Accountants, Engineers, Doctors, Lab Scientists, Geologists and many more. There was demand for these people, but that didn’t mean that there was no demand for teachers again. To be able to teach, you also had to go beyond just teacher’s college. Engineers taught engineers, Doctors taught doctors and the list goes on.

The time we are now into is a time we need to present what we have to offer. To survive this new age, people need to come to terms with skills that thrives, that is, the skills that you’ll need to harness the advantage that technology brings. Now is time to get to know and master these skills.
Thanks.

Allen Ebhomien:
There are several dimensions to tackle these case study but I just decided to lay emphasis on a particular aspect.

Yes indeed, times have changed. We are in a technological driven era but our system as a whole has refused to move with the times.

You see, after the industrial revolution, nothing really changed. Our education system for quite some time has been bedeviled with myraids of problems from corruption to outdated curriculum and even poor parenting.

Organizations today are looking for more than just academic ability – they want empathy, communication, teamwork, critical thinking and so on. However, these organizations still place higher emphasis on test scores and cognitive skills during the recruitment and selection process as if technical skills is all that matter. So, it’s not just the failing education system but the way things have been structured in our economy.

That is why there is a craze to have a ‘first class degree or a ‘second class upper’ and to achieve that, many get involved in unthinkable practices such as examination malpractices, body for marks e.t.c and in the process, these ‘softer’ skills are falling behind. Our ‘generation’ aren’t just ‘providing’ despite the fact that soft skills are now cited as a “must-have”.

Our curriculum right from the foundation to the university level needs to be upgraded to include soft & coping skills. This is where government intervention comes in. It should not take a theoretical but rather a practical based approach.

Soft skills aren’t things that can be taught by only demonstration; they need to be taught by participation. This can be done inside schools or outside of schools. Schools have a great role to play by encouraging and fostering in students the desire to explore other avenues outside of the classroom walls. For example, if they want to go into construction, a problem solving activity such as funding and planning a trip away would be of interest to future employers. For those wanting to study medicine or nursing, volunteering and doing outreach activities that help others will resonate with both universities and hospitals. All it takes is a bit of creativity.

Asheadzi:
Society always changes and revolves around the present need that addresses its peculiar challenges. In my opinion I think what changed is VALUE
Yes, the entire system is not different from before but it stopped placing much importance on teachers and certificates as the guarantee that you can offer something, because we have seen people with something to offer even without a formal certificate making strides plus arguments that the traditional educational system is not helping the young ones to be innovative or entrepreneurial minded

Skills needed to survive the technological age are not taught in schools, because the industrial age is still relaying on what was passed on by the educational revolution, obviously many here who took this training commented on how practical and easy to relate to everyday life issues it was
The government is now emphasizing on youths learning skills even after having a certificate because there are no jobs
Jobberman is empowering a lot of young people here prepare for the future skills which will be defining the technological age

soft skills like effective communication and emotional intelligence which I have learnt from this training is relevant to helping people who will be using technology to achieve great things in the work space
How to understand different personalities that make up a team and how this could affect performance if not properly managed.

Nnenna Ezugwu:
When I was a child I was told by my father to study very hard so that when I grow up and graduate from the university I will get a very good job. This spurred me to read and read but lately I have come to the realisation that in this age, acquisition of technical skills alone does not guarantee a job and even if luckily you get one, output at that job will be suboptimal albeit mediocre. So what is missing? Soft skills!
I have done a ton of online courses out of a zest to acquire and horn my skills professionally but soft skills was missing until I participated in the JOBBERMAN training. When I took the baseline test and was graded Experienced I felt like I knew it all (then I didn’t know there was a Proficient category) until I started the course and discovered a lot of new and exciting topics like Time-management, Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence amongst others. These abovementioned are the skills that I now use everyday and I believe that I will gain mastery of them sooner than later. Thank you, JOBBERMAN.

I think there’s an increase in the number of people graduating from schools compared to then, though it’s proportional with the number of industries.

But still, the institutions available cannot absorb all graduates at once. Hence, certain people have upper hands.

Gone are the days when academic qualifications only suffice, there’s more to qualification in this era and this is where soft skills come in.

There’s a popular saying that skills might take one to the top but attitude will keep him there.

More emphasis are now paid to soft skills. Prominent of which are team work, emotional intelligence, creativity, business etiquette etc. Having these skills will place one in a better position to be considered.

Pascal Uzoh-Enebeli:
This story truly talks about what is going on in the country now. If we look at our education sector, not much has changed from the way it has been operating back in the 90s and this has made it even worse to produce employable graduates. Just imagine an engineer that doesn’t know anything about how to start a machine. Nigeria has evolved from what you read to what you know and also who you know.
Its not easy being a graduate with nothing but just your certificates because you may end up looking for jobs up and down. But if one has desirable qualities and attributes its makes it more likely for one to get employed.

FRANKLIN AKWUAH:

LESSONS LEARNT

I learnt that in this new age people need to come to terms with skills that thrive such as Soft-skills.

As we all know that Soft-skills opens the door to success, we therefore need Soft-skills such as — Personal Effectiveness and Time Management, Effective Communication, Presentation and Storytelling; Business Etiquette and Workplace Ethics; Employability Skills; Emotional Intelligence and Teamwork and finally, Creativity and Idea Generation in order to harness the advantage that technology brings.

Lucky Uwaoma:

Thank you this very educative piece. I learnt that the world has always been in stages that required certain set of qualifications or skills as pertaining to that era. We saw the educational revolution that qualified people into the labor force because they went to Teachers college, and this made teachers, principals and school heads the models of the society.

But I observed that when the Industrial revolution later came into place, the educationists in this age now needed more than teachers college, in order to be qualified and employed. Same thing happened to the later one, the Industrial Age. The technological age also requires more than the usual criteria from the qualified individuals of the Industrial era. So it is like every age brings necessary skills that are needed to gain not just advantage, but to be at the forefront in that era.

Thank you so much.

Published by Ernest I.

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