Once upon a time in Africa, most young people wanted to become either doctors or accountants or lawyers. And that worked really well. There was the growing need for professionals in these fields. However, things have changed a lot today. Technology has changed the career landscape. Jobs are not as stable as the years gone by.
Even in terms of the economy, it is obvious things are changing. We can no longer rely fully on oil and gas alone. Today, mechanized agriculture and technology are emerging as the new drivers of the economy. Today hundreds of technology startup are springing in Africa. From Rwanda to Johannesburg to AddisAbaba to Lagos, these startups are trying to solve critical problems. A case in point is Jobberman.com in Nigeria. They are solving one of the biggest problems in Nigeria, which is unemployment, by using technology to connect unemployed people with potential employers.These startups are not only solving problems, they creating job opportunities.
Furthermore, many businesses are embracing technology and automation. Asides, the private sectors, many players in the public sector are also using technology to make their operations seamless and faster. With this heavy reliance on technology, comes increasing opportunities for individuals who are god in design, web development, mobile app development, and other fields in-between.
However, the supply of great developers has not matched the demand for them. The few great developers are being poached by the top companies who understand their value. This obvious shortage of supply has given rise to the need to develop the Africa’s top talents into great developers.
A lot of iniatives are up to stem this shortage. One of which is iQubeSDP.
The truth is that intelligence is evenly distributed the world over. This simply implies that we need to create opportunities for the African talent to shine. With the right support and training, we can indeed build the new Africa. An Africa where we solve African problems using ingenious technology built by homegrown talents.