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  • Dr. Ben Jones on the need for a new vocabulary to describe Ugandan youth

    Dr. Ben Jones on the need for a new vocabulary to describe Ugandan youth

    There is a particular way in which people talk about young people in Uganda. There is a way they talk about people who don’t have work; and who might not have a salaried job. There is a very standard way, I think, in which often policy-makers, government officials, but also people in civil society, the […]

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  • A Job Seeker’s Diary Entry on Sunday, 30th May

    A Job Seeker’s Diary Entry on Sunday, 30th May

    Today I feel a bit dizzy and tired, maybe because of the previous fun-filled Saturday. I woke up very early, to prepare for my 9 o’clock service at St. Francis. The preacher continues his series on the topic: “the fear of the lord” and today he tackles the subject of “the meaning of success”. He […]

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  • Advisory to newly graduated youth – jobs will not find you watching TV

    Advisory to newly graduated youth – jobs will not find you watching TV

    I always tell youth who are still at the university not to expect white-collar jobs immediately after graduation. I always emphasise to them how I graduated and I was all expectant that I could only sit at home to watch TV thinking that I was going to get a white-collar job soon. I refused to […]

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  • A Job Seeker’s Diary on Saturday, 29th May

    A Job Seeker’s Diary on Saturday, 29th May

    It’s an outing for the members of my former Christian Fellowship, which is taking its freshers to the beach for fun as a welcome gesture. The fee is shs 6,000 and I want to go but do not have it. After talking to “papa” (the fellowship leader), I am allowed to go. Mr. Bernard Sabiti […]

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  • How Ugandan youth creatively use their education – lessons from Gumkit Ann Parlaker

    How Ugandan youth creatively use their education – lessons from Gumkit Ann Parlaker

    After My Senior Six vacation in 2018, I was admitted to study clinical medicine at Gulu School of Clinical Officers and the excitement was much. Unfortunately, it did not happen as per my expectations. So, that year, I never went back to school, life wasn’t easy. My ambition was to get a job. In my […]

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  • A Job Seeker’s Diary on Friday, 28th May

    A Job Seeker’s Diary on Friday, 28th May

    I finally get a call! The sweet voiced lady on the other side, claiming to be calling from Price Water House Coopers, asks whether I’m still interested in their job. My heart is pounding as I cannot believe what I am hearing. She asks the class of a degree that I have, whether I have […]

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  • A Job Seeker’s Diary Entry on Thursday, 27 May

    A Job Seeker’s Diary Entry on Thursday, 27 May

    I’m wondering whether to go back to campus today, as there seems to be nothing new there. I finally pick a notebook, and head towards the Eastern Gate. Just want to go through the day’s newspapers in case there is a new job advert. I purpose not to apply for the few I find there, […]

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  • A Job Seeker’s Diary Entry on Wednesday, 26th May

    A Job Seeker’s Diary Entry on Wednesday, 26th May

    I wake up very early in the morning, rush to campus, a five minute walk so that the library is opened when I am present, lest I do not get any computer to use, as all would have been booked. I check my mail to see if any of the organizations to whose online job […]

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  • A Job Seekers Diary Entry on Tuesday, 25th May

    A Job Seekers Diary Entry on Tuesday, 25th May

    It’s day one in my new house, and I am cleaning up, scrubbing the floor and washing walls, picking up used condoms, which tells me a lot about the character of the previous occupants. My landlord, a dark giant Hajji, looks on with curious red eyes. An abrupt question awakes me from my concentration. “Mutabani, […]

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  • A Job Seeker’s Diary Entry on Monday, 24th May

    A Job Seeker’s Diary Entry on Monday, 24th May

    It’s now official. I am unemployed. Handed in my dissertation today, which my supervisor finally accepted. It’s the only thing that was still keeping me on campus, as I finished my three-year course. Now I am thinking of what to be telling my friends, the continuing students, whom I have no doubt will be asking […]

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