Conventional fulltime jobs are vanishing – use social media beneficially
I share this story with particular interest in Uganda. The country has unemployment of up to 95% for graduates and the country itself is likely around 85% unemployment with youth (age 35 or below) making up 75% of the 40.5 million population.
Statistics do not lie even if one says there are a thousand ways to skin a wabit. But what I find interesting is the country has 27 million on the Internet in one way or the other and mostly on Facebook (FB, FBzero, FBlight), WhatsApp and Twitter.
Given the opportunities which lie across the GLOBE when one starts to network and seek for opportunities, business partners, funders, mentors, coaches, etc.. (the useful yIntelleketchos), it would seem that Uganda unemployed graduates (badly educated though for they lack critical thinking skills) and the jobless youth brotherhood. WAIT, where was this story even going? Oh.. yes..please make your time on the Internet useful.
I am a target for Uganda for 5 years now to attack, abuse, denigrate, basically the only thing left is to beat the shit out of my face for a range of reasons. But in the last few months, it has come to my notice that many people on Social Media for Uganda are incapable of using the Internet for research, job applications, making contacts, locating scholarships, etc..nebilala nebilala.
The other day on Twitter, someone tagged me on WHY UGANDA YOUTH DO NOT GO into AGRICULTURE. Naturally, I gave them my Leah piece of mind. Then I kept reviewing two other projects I am involved in, one in Uganda and one in Tanzania) so the next day I replied to the thread that by the way, I am project manager for a rural development project in Tanzania.
HOLLY COW! Out of the blue a rich IDIOT invades my space and starts trashing me about “exactly what can Leah do to help 40 million Ugandans when she is so boastful and self important”. Well, I did not see that coming. Was I also not shocked? It was only after some hours that I realised that the RICH IDIOT sijui hurry come up useless yIntelleketcho had taken offense when I had mentioned on the thread that “By the way, I am a project manager for a rural development project and it is mostly agriculture”.
WELL is that not interesting? Because if you look on my profile (use GOOGLE for crying out loud), there is no where that you will find the Internet mentioning that I am involved with an NGO for Agriculture. But I thought maybe the lady who had started the whole thing (I usually get tagged on education, justice related things) should know that I do some work in that area. Agriculture happens to be one of the most lucrative enterprises to go into. BUT here I am, meaning that hey “I know this, take me and use me for free” and all hell breaks loose.
My question to Uganda is this?
WHAT DO YOU GAIN FROM ATTACKING TOTAL STRANGERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
Why do you not try to find out about the person before you waste your minimal MBs trashing someone who has unlimited Internet and will never even be in your circle of friends?
Why do you not use every encounter to learn or teach? Yelling at me “you are just a Gishu and cannot tell me how to write a business proposal” is not really teaching me anything at all. You could start by telling me why is it that you feel like writing a business proposal in horribly broken English and then maybe I might learn that you are submitting it to an illiterate committee to approve funding for you. You SEE, this then helps me such that next time a person sends me such bastardized writing, I remember to ask them which committee is going to review their application for funding. We then both learn from each other OR alternatively, I might have access to funding.
Full time jobs are disappearing even in the most developed countries. Just follow the link for Quartz research and some of us have seen this with our own eyes. For example given that I have worked on massive Job outsourcing and Job Migration, I now know for sure that one cannot keep a job for a long time and you have to keep on learning, improving, listening, networking, trying out your own business ideas, locating people to work with to form teams or a partnership and start growing sugar cane for Christ’s sake! I could talk about how many business or NGO projects I have gotten involved in with people I met on Social Media but then that would be BRAGGING!
Telling one’s qualifications is not bragging. Get over your inferiority complex and most especially, learn how to do research for the robots are coming and so is Artificial Intelligence. I hope I live to program your job out of your hands one of these days. Mukule mubone!
Keep in mind that since the odds of finding a job are now very little, self employment is the way to go and how are you gonna get there by attacking people who could help you get there? Just saying…
Martha Leah Nangalama
QUARTZ – Almost all the US jobs created since 2005 are temporary
Survey research conducted by economists Lawrence Katz of Harvard University and Alan Krueger at Princeton University shows that from 2005 to 2015, the proportion of Americans workers engaged in what they refer to as “alternative work” jumped from 10.7% to 15.8%. Alternative work is characterized by being temporary or unsteady—such as work as an independent contractor or through a temporary help agency.
“We find that 94% of net job growth in the past decade was in the alternative work category,” said Krueger. “And over 60% was due to the [the rise] of independent contractors, freelancers and contract company workers.” In other words, nearly all of the 10 million jobs created between 2005 and 2015 were not traditional nine-to-five employment.
Krueger, a former chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, was surprised by the finding. The survey’s original goal was to quantify the size of the gig economy (0.5% and growing). The researchers were caught off guard by the tremendous growth of alternative work. There had been almost no change from 1995 to 2005.
Katz and Krueger found that each of the common types of alternative work increased from 2005 to 2015—with the largest changes in the number of independent contractors and workers provided by contract firms, such as janitors that work full-time at a particular office, but are paid by a janitorial services firm.
The decline of conventional full-time work has impacted every demographic. Whether this change is good or bad depends on what kinds of jobs people want. “Workers seeking full-time, steady work have lost,” said Krueger. “While many of those who value flexibility and have a spouse with a steady job have probably gained.”
For graphic designers and lawyers who hate going to an office, new technology and Obamacare has made it more appealing to become an independent contractor. But for those seeking a steady administrative assistant office job, the market is grim.
Women experienced an unusually large increase in the share of alternative work. They were three percentage points less likely than men to engage in alternative work in 2005, but two percentage points more likely in 2015. This is in large part because the sectors that saw the largest move towards alternative work arrangements—like education and medicine—have a high proportion of women.
The American work environment is rapidly changing. For better or worse, the days of the conventional full-time job may be numbered.