Blaise Aboh, a data expert has said that young people are ill-prepared for the future of work.
He said this at an Orodata training that held in Yaba today with the theme: The Future of Work Classes 1.0 – Journalism, Storytelling and AI where he explained in simple terms the intersection of content with AI.
He cited the instance of a research he conducted which was based on a search for a Business Development Professional. Out of the 183 persons that applied, only 1 qualified for the position and the person lived quite a distance away from where the applicant’s services was needed. Nevertheless that applicant was the only one fit for the role.
Explaining why only one person fit the role, he said several unqualified people just sent their resumes in without checking if they were qualified for what the role stated.
“Many people could not fill the spot because they did not have the skills. It ca be liked to admission choices or institutions of learning,” he said trying to make a case for the host of unqualified applicants.
According to data sourced from the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), it said that 10 to 12 million people join the workforce every year, however only three million get jobs. Another data unveiled by Blaise showed that 73 million jobs were created between 2000 to 2008 and 27% of those that filled those positions were youths.
However Blaise stressed the need for the younger generation to be driven by the newer intersections of AI and Machine Learning since it will soon become the next big thing.