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How does a son of a wine sapper with a university degree make the transition to the market to start and develop a career? This is the question Jonas Solomon seeks to answer in his new book, First Generation: The Perfect Guide for a Young Graduate to Start a Career in Emerging Markets.

With an emerging market graduate unemployment rate averaging 7.97%, according to a recent MSCI report, and around three million Nigerian graduates unemployed, Jonah Solomon seeks to address this problem by providing new graduates with how-to guides. to enter the market and start a career. .

During the public presentation of the delivered in Lagos recently, the author, Solomon, said he used his experience to start and grow his career in Africa’s largest city, Lagos, to offer practical advice that most final year students, recent graduates and those looking to do. Real advancements in their careers should never be taken for granted.

“This book is strictly about starting off on a solid footing as a recent graduate who has now earned a college degree or higher and is heading to the city to start a life with a certificate struck.

“By the time you finish this book, you will be able to answer questions such as what to do next after you graduate, if you are still in school. If you are about to graduate, say you are in your penultimate or final year; you should have a good idea of ​​what you should be doing. If you have just graduated and want to embark on a career, the practical lessons I have outlined in this book can be a perfect guide, ”Jonah Solomon said during the book’s official public presentation in Lagos. .

Earlier in a remark, the deputy editor of the Vanguard newspapers, Mr Babajide Komolafe, who was chairing the event, said the book comes at the right time, as it comes at a time when graduate unemployment has reached a peak. critical level.

“I congratulate Jonas for taking the time to write this book. I am optimistic that the young people leaving university today will find it invaluable. Many new graduates typically don’t know where to start immediately after graduation, and I think this book will provide that much-needed respite.

Also speaking in a fireside conversation, the Head of Operations and Experience, Jobberman, Francesca Alabede said the book highlights the important ingredients to start and develop a career in emerging markets.

She said: “I am happy that the delivered underlines the importance of soft skills in professional mobility. Indeed, in addition to technical skills, new graduates must develop non-technical skills. Soft skills play a critical role in the workplace and most often determine who employers hire.

“A recent study by researchers at Harvard University found that 85% of professional successes were due to well-developed soft skills, while 15% were the result of technical skills. As a young graduate, in addition to your technical skills, you must develop your soft skills. These general skills include the way you interact with people, the way you do your job, the way you conduct yourself, etc. Therefore, your technical skills are never enough and new graduates should pay attention to them.

For her part, the book reviewer, Onna Okafor, said the book is a manual not only for recent graduates, but also for anyone looking to make meaningful advancements in their careers.

“While this book is aimed at young graduates, I find it compelling for anyone looking to advance their career, whether they are recent graduates or working professionals. The practical advice in this book is timeless, and I commend the author for taking the time to give back to society by writing this book.

Electronic and paperback versions of the book are available for purchase at Amazon Where amazon.fr for a reduced price. In Nigeria the paperback and e-book are also available for download from Solomon’s website, Paystack showcase and Selar.

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