Bangladesh really must focus on not only creating more jobs, but also investing in the right skills that are needed in our economy
Bangladesh has a very young population, demographically speaking.
Every year, some two million people enter the job market, hungry for work, and eager to make a difference, but sadly, not all of them find what they are looking for.
Organizations like BYLC are doing their part to bridge the gap between employers and job-seekers -- at a fair convened recently, 300 fresh graduates were connected with 22 potential employers with entry level positions available for talented young people.
Overall, this may be just a drop in the bucket, but initiatives like this deserve credit for trying to make a difference in the lives of our youth, who face a daunting challenge when embarking on their search for a career.
While our economy has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, sadly, much of it has been jobless growth, leading to the worrying trend of youth unemployment.
Hence, while it is good to connect job-seekers with employers, in the long run Bangladesh really must focus on not only creating more jobs, but also investing in the right skills that are needed in our economy at this stage of our development.
This means encouraging vocational and technical skills; the country needs electricians, plumbers, and nurses just as much as it needs doctors and lawyers, and not every individual is suited for every career.
An expensive university degree need not be the only way to be productive -- with the right kind of investment in vocational education, we can ensure that there is enough work for everyone, and no one gets left behind.
The youth population of today will be the drivers of the economy tomorrow -- let us invest in their future.