If you’ve ever been to Africa, you must know that it is developing at a very fast rate. There is a great demand for many types of expertise—scientific, design-oriented, medical, business-related etc. There are many projects waiting to be put into action in Africa.
If you’re open to moving to this continent for a job, you could be a part of many exciting enterprises. It might take a little bit of searching to figure out where your qualifications could be best used. But once you become part of an up-and-coming project in Africa, just remember that the sky is the limit.
At the very least, you could end up making a lot of money. But it’s also likely that you’ll be creating a name for yourself in the industry where you work. Plus, you’ll be bringing jobs, products or services to thousands of people who need them.
So if you’re wondering about the future of jobs and skills in Africa, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Africa Is Developing Incredibly Fast
Some countries in Africa only managed to throw off the yoke of colonialism as late as the 1970s. These countries are still finding their feet in the international arena. They’re still trying to figure out what they have to offer the world and what they can get from the world in return.
They’re very rich in natural resources but these resources haven’t been fully exploited as of yet. Plus Africa is also rich in terms of labor—there are many people looking for both, skilled and unskilled jobs.
However Africa is lacking in terms of expertise and this is where global talent can come into the picture. Africa is in need of people who can see the bigger picture i.e., where Africa stands with respect to the rest of the world. What Africa needs is direction and this is something that you can be a part of if you have the necessary business skills.
African Entrepreneurs Think Big
African entrepreneurs are looking to the west for talent and direction. If you’re planning to work with African entrepreneurs, you should probably understand something about their mindset and what you can bring to their businesses.
In some ways, African entrepreneurs may not be that experienced because, as mentioned before, many of these countries gained independence only a few decades ago. But on the other hand, these entrepreneurs tend to dream big. This means making a lot of money, bringing jobs to a lot of people, improving the economy etc.
So if you want to work with African entrepreneurs, you also need to learn to move beyond the immediate surroundings. You need to think big. You need to aim for the maximum because it’s possible to do this in Africa. It’s a continent where making even a small ripple can lead to many great things.
Infrastructure, Research and Vigilance
Given that Africa doesn’t necessarily have a great infrastructure yet, it’s possible for many new businesses to tank. So you have to be extra careful—make sure that the resources you need are going to be available when you need them.
And this requires research. In this case, research doesn’t only mean getting on the internet and doing a search. It also means getting in touch with people who know the place, who have started businesses there themselves.
In terms of vendors and workers, you might need to be vigilant 24-7 to make sure work gets done the way you want it done. This is because quality control may not be enforced in the same way in Africa as it is in the west.
Still, keep in mind that Africa is one of the largest untapped markets out there. It has the most potential of any other continent. And it’s going to be exciting to watch these countries move forward to develop their economies and cultures in hitherto unforeseen directions.
The Network Editorial Team. Learn more about The Network here.