Escaping the Graduate Unemployment Trap
In the year 2000 I helped to kick-start the Institute of Advanced Leadership – Uganda (IAL-Uganda). Our vision was to be a critical player in the transformation of Uganda and Africa through nurturing transformational leaders in the various sectors.
This was a very ambitious aspiration. We in the first place had a lot of preliminary experimentation, reflection and learning to do. Indeed, the last 20 years have been a very insightful learning phase. IAL-Uganda is now set to go full blast on our original mission of
Building Advanced Leadership capability for Africa’s transformation in all sectors through training, coaching, research and knowledge sharing.
One of the critical areas of our special interest is Higher Education and Graduate Employment. This is the subject of this particular post. I have personally been involved in career guidance for secondary school and higher education students since 1998. By the year 2000 it was clear to me that the misalignment between higher education and the realities of life would culminate into the graduate unemployment crisis we are grappling with today.
Trying to contribute to the solution, I published the first edition of the book After University, What Next in 2003. I was overwhelmed by the acclaim the book received from readers. In 2008 I published the second edition, followed by the third edition in 2018. I have received very encouraging feedback from readers in over 20 countries including USA, Sweden, UK, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, Philippines, Cameroon, Malawi, Ethiopia, Italy, Tanzania, Slovenia, Indonesia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Burundi, Somaliland, Kenya, Rwanda, Belgium, and Ireland.
However, the essentiality of this book had never hit me as hard as it did when recently, a group of fresh graduates of Makerere University took to the streets of Kampala clad in their graduation gowns with placards asking “What Next?” The images took a viral character on social media.
On Facebook alone, a score of people who have read my book posted images of the book against the images of the demonstrating youth. The chorus was, “here is the book with the answers you are looking for”
It is then that it dawned on me that the insights in this book need to be accessible to as many of these young people as possible. I have since been thinking of a mechanism to enable the public access contents of the book online for free.
Over the past couple of years I have been working on various training and coaching programmes derived from the book. These will also be serialized and offered as part of IAL-Uganda’s portfolio of Mass Open Online Courses (MOOCs). These will be available by mid-March 2020.
I will also be making a series of blog posts in which I will provide links to the relevant content of the book by section. Below I introduce the first book extract:
Introduction to the Book After University, What Next?
This initial extract summarizes the essence and content of the book. Please click on the Book to access the extract. You can also engage with other readers on the blog chat which I will personally moderate.
“Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You”
“It’s difficult to conquer oneself; but once that is conquered, everything is conquered”
Ambrose Kibuuka Mukiibi is a specialist in Human Performance Systems – the art and science of bringing out the best in people. He is a Careers and Education consultant with over 20 years of practice in the field of higher education as a university teacher, pedagogy specialist and policy maker in top-most boardrooms of universities. He is author of 5 groundbreaking books including: After University, What Next? (First published in 2003, 2nd Edition in 2008, and 3rd Edition in 2018); Remaking the Youth (2000); Teaching Deep without Teaching Hard (2020); Demystifying Capital (2017); and Super Charging Youth Employability Value (2016). He is occasionally hosted on radio and television talk shows.
Since the year 2001 Ambrose Kibuuka has worked with a wide range of local and international organizations covering over 100 consultancies in the areas of: Career Guidance and Mentorship; Learner-Centered Pedagogy; Quality Assurance; Youth Empowerment and Entrepreneurship; Personal Development; Organizational Development; Creativity, Innovation and Change Management; Strategic Management; Transformational Leadership; and People Performance. Ambrose Kibuuka Mukiibi is a member of the Board of Trustees and the University Council at Kampala International University; a member of the Board of Directors and Innovation Strategist at the Institute of Advanced Leadership-Uganda; a member of the Board of Directors at the Public Policy Institute; a member of the Board of Directors at ACORD Uganda; and President of Uganda Martyrs University Alumni Association.