|Photo Courtesy: Kheng Guan Toh|
Lack of Decent jobs
In one of my previous posts, I wrote about challenges and opportunities in Agriculture, but recently, I have noticed something very common: Lack of Decent jobs in the Agricultural sector. I won't say that there are no jobs in Agriculture, at least in Mauritius. If you are an Agriculture graduate, you end up getting a job, even if it is after some months. But very often these jobs are underpaid, physically exhausting and are mainly in newly established firms or the private sector. As a beginner, low salary is not a big issue, we usually say that "at least I have a job" and will manage with what we have. Now the work policy and environment is another story. Knowing that there are not many job opportunities on the market, employers usually do not bother about making a clear job description for the employees or respect them. In the long run, youths in this situation feel mentally tortured, frustrated, unproductive, lack self-confidence and for the past months I have seen so many of my friends who were once passionate about agriculture resigning and leave the agricultural sector.
|Facebook Status of a youth after resignation - Feeling of happiness and relief|
Are the ones who resign to be blamed? I don't think so. If you are not happy with what you do, better quit than being tortured everyday.
The ugly truth
If youths want to get into Agriculture, they should be realistic and do not expect to have a "secure" job in the public sector. We can actually count how many youth get employed in the ministry or parastatal bodies. To do something worthwhile in agriculture, we should stop limiting ourselves to applying for jobs and waiting for replies. This does not work any more and you will most of the time find yourself in the scenario above: hating what you used to like.
Follow your dreams, start creating, be innovative!
We all have dreams and want to do something in life. Agriculture is so broad and there are so many opportunities that youth can tap. We simply have to know what we actually like and create a niche for ourselves. We cannot wait for others to give us opportunities, time has come for us to create opportunities. It's all about the choices and decisions that we make in life that will determine where we will be tomorrow! Know what you want, follow your dreams, start creating and no one can stop you! :)