Because of its great importance, the employability of college graduates (and the workforce in general) is a topic of great interest to researchers, policy makers, and curriculum planners around the world.
Although the literature on graduate employability is informative and illuminating, the role of university internships in promoting graduate employability in sub-Saharan Africa and Tanzania in particular has been little studied.
So year after year, many graduates drop out of college but remain unemployed.
“That’s why we created the Daraja La Ajira Expo,” explained Peter John (PBDT), CEO of the exhibition, which was held from August 26-29 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
“Daraja La Ajira,” which literally translates to “Employment Bridge,” is the leading live event offering on-site learning about current professional and prospecting opportunities for Tanzanian professionals.
It is also a B2B marketing event that connects the most proactive marketing professionals with the tools, techniques and innovations they need to be at the forefront of the ever-changing world of marketing.
“This is where professionals can build strategic alliances … it is designed to support, grow and connect professionals, it opens the door to career opportunities and business networking,” the CEO detailed.
The outcome of the event is expected to boost career development in Tanzania. It is also hoped to improve connections and professional connections, as well as raise awareness of the different career opportunities for Tanzanian professionals.
The Daraja La Ajira Expo is an annual event that brings together career experts from a variety of fields, including trade, science and technology, the media, engineering and the medical industry, to name a few, as well as open up opportunities for graduates and B2B marketing.
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A growing corpus of literature on graduate employability has identified barriers to employment ranging from skills mismatch to lack of soft skills.
This is where events like the Daraja La Ajira Expo take place. In fact, the exhibition helps to increase the employability of graduates by giving them career seminars and, more directly, by putting them under one roof with employers.
Socioeconomic effects of unemployment
The effects of graduate stagnation range from poor economic development and psychological problems to social unrest in some countries. In Pakistan, for example, unemployment has been reported to cause social unrest and psychological distress.
In Turkey, a study by Bilgiç and Yılmaz (2013) revealed a correlation between graduate unemployment and psychological health problems among sample graduates.
The same applies in Tanzania, as more and more graduates enter the workforce with no job options, more and more cases of non-communicable diseases are occurring and occurring at much younger ages than ever before.
Cases of crime, morality and ethics are collapsing from prostitution to drug abuse and crime.
“It is for this exact reason that we have created labor exposure, the effects of employment on the individual, the family and the economy in general are devastating,” he summed up. John, CEO of Daraja La Ajira Expo.
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