Youth Talks with Mbugua Mumbi

Youth Talks

Contrary to conventional belief, the biggest challenge facing the youth today not unemployment, lack of education nor lack of resources.  Rather, in my opinion, the greatest challenge is lack of self awareness or requisite life skills for success in life.

This self awareness or life skills have little to do with formal education, physical resources or jobs. In many organizations today, the greater challenge is in dealing with highly educated young employees who neither understand themselves nor life. I have heard several heads of organizations quip that they are no longer very keen on giving graduates exclusive attention when it comes to recruitment.

Owing to poor parenting, an education system that does little to help the learners discover themselves and lack of role models most youth can be compared to a ship in the ocean and whose captain doesn't know which port he is going to anchor.

However it's also very gratifying to find some young people below 35 years of age, with average education but top notch self drive and innovation. They have refused to be captives of the physical environment such as peer pressure, destructive technology, limiting financial resources and lack of jobs. They have developed innovative ideas that are transforming lives and also making them millionaires at an early age. They have realised that the greatest asset they need in this world is already within them. They are self aware.

These are the self awareness skills that will greatly help the young people in taking charge of their destiny

Let's face it. Time is running out if we want to turn the global "youth bulge" into an economic and social asset. A "youth bonus" could well pay out dividends for decades to come in terms of productive lives; thriving families, communities, and local  economies; and a more peaceful and equitable society. But to get there, we need concerted, organized action that will lift us beyond today's array of pilot youth development programs to a place where significant investments are made in
proven practices and programs that can then be taken to scale. Only then can we develop long-term, systemic change that is the basis of true sustainability.

The youth today must be mentally and emotionally prepared to work in environments that require lifelong learning and frequent adaptation. The capacity to think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, and work in teams are some of the life skills highly valued by employers, but these skills are not addressed effectively in most formal educational curricula.

The focus ought to be in changing the beliefs in many of these youth who believe they failed in school, have no god fathers to facilitate employment, don't belong to the right tribe, can't succeed in business, and have no resources or are still tethering themselves to some unfortunate occurrences in their past lives.
It's time to rebrand their minds - transform them from within.