The Country Director, Oxfam International, Mr Constant Tchona, has said that the book titled, ‘40 First Jobs’ was written and published to motivate Nigerian youths.
Tchona, who was represented at the unveiling of the book in Lagos by Mr Sunday Eyong, said the stories of influential, who started from the base level would, inspire the youths with the current unemployment rate in the country.
“The book would provide the necessary motivation and inspiration to learn from stories of humble beginnings, smart career decisions.
“Nigeria has a growing population of close to 200 million with over 50 per cent of the population being youth. This population is projected to almost double by the year 2050 and yet youth unemployment rate in the country is at an all-time high of about 36.5 per cent,” he said.
Also, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Poise Nigeria, Mrs Ebele Chukwujama, noted that the book was meant to fill the gaps in the work environment
“Tere are gaps that only soft skills can fill like critical thinking, problem-solving, work ethics. We decided to put stories together about influential people and eminent Nigerians about their first job.
“Some of them were bus conductors, drivers, and cleaners. We want to grow without going through the process. The big jobs come but sometimes we have to go through the process where we build resilience, confidence, and integrity. When you get to the top, you would have built yourself for it,” she said.