While most of young people imagine they could have wasted money by going to school since they have nowhere to apply what they learned as there are no job opportunities for them in Lesotho, Moletsane Seeta begs to differ: “Think beyond your age and your limits.”
His philosophy maybe an answer to the Lesotho’s youth unemployment rate estimated to be 33.68 percent according to 2019 International Labour Organisation (ILO) report.
Responding to the crisis of unemployment, Lesotho’s Prime Minister, Dr Moeketsi Majoro has been on the nationwide crusade to persuade the business sector to create jobs and to encourage young graduates to be creative and start their own businesses within their communities.
The young Seeta, 25, from Leribe is an example of how youth can think out of the box. He takes Metro through his journey to becoming his own boss of a funeral parlour business in Thaba-Tseka, and the role education played in achieving his goal.
He is the Vaal University of Technology graduate in Human Resource Management Diploma and B-Tech and says the course included studies in marketing, entrepreneurship, labour relations, labour law and business management that built him to become a young entrepreneur.
In this interview, he speaks with Metro News (MN) Reporter Kabelo Masoabi.
MN: Having been unemployed for over a year now, do you believe the education you have acquired was just a waste of time?
MS: Definitely not! When you gain a degree, you accomplish a big step. You gain knowledge, skill and experience to help you both in your career and in life in general. On top of that, by gaining additional skill in communication and problem solving and achieving your goals, you can also increase your confidence.
MN: What is your take on education and business; do you mean that education gave you the necessary tools to start the business you have now?
MS: Yes. Both education and communication are important. Education is only necessary for some jobs though. It really depends on the job. Communication skills are almost always important. The best thing to do is to decide what career business you are interested in; and research the requirements.