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Youth urged to take business risks

Tjama Tjivikua, rector of the Polytechnic of Namibia (left) and Robin Sherbourne, an independent economist (right) at the 17th Annual Polytechnic Career Fair. (Photograph by Hilma Hashange)The Namibian youth must work hard and have the courage to take business risks, says independent economist, Robin Sherbourne.
Speaking at the launch of the 17th Polytechnic of Namibia Annual Career Fair on Thursday this week, Sherbourne emphasised that Namibia needs innovative  entrepreneurs who can contribute significantly to the economy of the country.
“Don’t make the mistake of believing that only your paper skills can make you employable but understanding and enjoying your work are some of the qualities that employers look for in an employee,” Sherbourne told the participants.
He added that issues such as money shouldn’t stop one from pursuing their dream career as long as satisfaction is derived from doing such a job.
Sherbourne noted that contrary to popular belief, Namibia’s economy is diversified especially in areas such as oil, manufacturing and agriculture.
He further said that although he is happy with the economic state of the country, most sectors still lack the necessary skills.
Sherbourne further stated that although many entrepreneurs such as the late Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, never completed tertiary education, they are successful because they enjoy what they are doing.
He encouraged learners to complete their studies because educated people stand a better chance of securing jobs.
Speaking at the same occasion, Dr Tjama Tjivikua, rector of the Polytechnic, stated that the career fair offered a platform for both learners and students to engage with prospective employers and gather the required knowledge of what employers value in an employee.
“The youth represents hope and inspiration. Take advantage of what is being offered,” Tjivikua said. Echoeing Sherbourne’s remarks, Tjivikua informed the crowd that society will not be driven by manual jobs but by knowledgeable individuals.
He added that Namibia should not only produce graduates without skills because skills and graduates complement each other. “The value of hardwork is timeless. Destiny does not cause disaster but mistakes do,” Tjivikua advised the learners.
The career fair, which attracted more than 40 exhibitors runs from Thursday 19 April to Friday 20 April. The theme of this year’s career fair is “Internationalisation of higher education”. The launch of the career fair was attended by various high school learners, Polytechnic staff and students as well as business exhibitors.

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