After years of unemployment, a first-class UG graduate starts a hair salon[Watch Video]

Every graduate hopes to find employment after completing their degree program, which typically lasts four years.
After years of unemployment, that ambition is quickly fading for many young people, and Theresa Adusei is no exception.
2019 saw Theresah Adusei graduate from the University of Ghana with first-class honors in both information studies and psychology.

She had dreams of getting a well-paying white-collar work, but after three years, those dreams of getting the ideal eight-to-five job had faded. Theresa has only been focused on finding a job since graduating.

“When I was about completing service, that was when I started a job hunt, but you send CVs you don’t get feedback,” the young lady said in an interview on Joy Prime.

Theresah thought back on her father’s advice during her graduation one year after she was unable to find employment. Even though he was pleased for her to graduate, he wasn’t thrilled by her first-class grade at the moment.

“He said with a first-class, getting a job in this country is very difficult, I really felt sad. It was very heartbreaking, because I thought it was my breakthrough. So when I applied for a job in the Civil Service, went through the interview and everything, I thought I was going to prove him wrong, only for me to find out I wasn’t called.”

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Theresah repeatedly pleaded for help from several powerful people, including her pastor, to get her a good job.

However, all these efforts did not yield any fruits, further diminishing her hope of getting employed one day.

Her chances of ever finding employment were further diminished by the fact that none of her efforts were successful.

Despite Theresah’s best efforts, she was under increasing pressure from her family and society to obtain employment.

She felt pressured to seek a job to support her younger siblings because she was the first of five children.

The first-class graduate decided to make hairdressing her day job after searching for a job for years and finding no hope.

Theresah gave the following justification for her decision to pursue a career in hairdressing: “While I was on campus, I used to style my own hair and I used to style for my housemates as well. They assisted me in identifying that talent.

Theresah’s entry into a profession that didn’t require her university degree, however, wasn’t welcomed by everyone. Jemima Adusei, her mother, was one of them.

Madam Jemima admitted to taking out loans to pay for her daughter’s college education to J Joy Prime’s Emmanuel Dzivenu.

She could not bear to see her Theresah choose hairdressing after devoting so much money to education. She is also the first graduate in her entire family, and they had hoped she would work for the government.

Theresah observed that her mother was once more concerned about what she would reveal to her friends about her new job as a first-class graduate.

There were other people who questioned her profession as well, particularly since some of them believed the young woman had wasted her parents’ money on education by choosing to become a hairdresser.

Others might think Theresah wasn’t working hard enough to get a good job for herself, but they might change their minds after realizing “if only they were in my shoes.”

It has been six months since the first-class graduate, with the aid of her father and a select group of close friends, constructed a container saloon.

Theresah’s story reflects thousands of young brains struggling to make ends meet in an economy that constantly churns out more graduates than it creates jobs.

Theresah claimed that, at the very least, this employment has allowed her to wean herself off of her parents’ financial support and has enabled her to take care of her siblings as well.

The first-class graduate’s desire to look for a career has subsided, and she has lost interest in going back to school.

The recent graduate worries that going back for a master’s degree would make her problems worse.

She clarified that she wants to concentrate on growing the business she is currently in. Theresah claimed that with some assistance, she might expand her store and hire additional people who also need work.

Youth unemployment (15-35 years old) is now at 19.7 percent, up from 9.0 percent between 2017 and 2020, according to the 2021 Population and Housing Census.

Simply expressed, from an average of 9.0 percent between 2017 and 2020 to 19.7 percent in 2021, youth unemployment in Ghana has more than doubled.

Ghana is sitting on a ticking time bomb if analysts’ forecasts regarding the country’s skyrocketing jobless rate are accurate.

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