LARGE NUMBERS of candidates vying for a small number of vacancies – in both the private and public sector – has become common in Namibia. It is discouraging as it indicates that an ever-increasing number of graduates qualified for positions are finding it difficult to find employment, or are employed in positions below their qualification levels.
This is an important issue that needs diligent attention from both the government and the private sector.
However, there appears to be scant realisation among the Namibian workforce and university graduates that they don’t only qualify for jobs in Namibia but can also secure good jobs abroad. Not least in regional and international organisations to which Namibia is affiliated, includingthe United Nations (UN); the African Union (AU); the Commonwealth; the Southern African Development Community (SADC); and, the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu).
These organisations normally advertise job opportunities on their websites and qualified applicants are usually expected to apply for the positions online.
Namibians need to consider pursuing regional and international jobs. Not too long ago, Namibia’s Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation announced on its website that although Namibian nationals are employed by regional and international organisations, the number of Namibians in these organisations is still far below the desirable range. The ministry encouraged qualified Namibian nationals to consider applying for, and taking up employment in regional and international organisations to which Namibia is affiliated.
Getting employed in these organisations, particularly abroad, is highly beneficial. Among others, it provides Namibians with an opportunity to send monetary assistance to their families back home. This, in turn, has the potential of increasing economic activities in the country, thereby boosting our economy to some extent
It also allows our people to connect with people in different parts of the world, forging relationships and ties that can potentially help Namibians in different ways. Although a qualified workforce is needed to help develop the country, Namibians should also consider employment abroad as it too holds advantages for the Namibian nation.
* Christian Nghiyoonanye Haikali is a mathematics and science teacher at Donatus Primary School at Otjiwarongo. He holds a master of education in educational management degree, as well as a B.Ed. honours degree in mathematics and science. He can be contacted at: [email protected]