Top Skills for Youth: Reflective Beginnings for a Rewarding Finale

Nashon J. Adero
3 min readJan 18, 2021

It is high time mentorship efforts started focusing more on developing learners while they are still in college to prepare them for the world of work. The usual wait to start real mentorship after they have graduated is a whole stage too late, dealing a heavy blow on industry efforts like a fall off the cliff edge.

Youth Despair and Cliff Edge Experience

The International Mentors Day was celebrated on January 17, 2021. The following reflections can do justice to such an important day in the present and future of youth.

Mentorship remains a priceless endeavour, a genuine call to be a multiplier of the little one possesses in return for a lifetime of rewarding experience that goes on to outlive the giver, impacting generation after generation.

Youth aged below 25 make up 40% of the global population. In Africa, 40% is aged under 15. An estimated 80 million youth aged 15–24 are unemployed. Graduating from college has for long lost its former glee as an immediate promise for better life and effective living. Like falling off the cliff edge, growing cases of gloom follow graduation as the masses get resigned to joblessness and despair. Cases of suicide and acts of violence, some tragic, have also been noted to be on the rise as schools opened after the closures in 2020 occasioned by COVID-19. Frustrations among the youth and young unemployed graduates are a major part of the explanation for this worrying situation.

Mentorship for Transversal Skills

It doesn’t have to be that way. With adequate preparedness and mentorship while still in college, we can change the narrative. Education 4.0 is the new instructional paradigm that utilises modern digital tools and platforms to transform training and mentor a new generation of thinkers, solution finders, and responsible global citizens with transversal skills.

Opportunities for, and interest in, empowering youth for career development and career security have increased in the COVID-19 era. The digital transformation wave is increasing the appeal of remote working and raising the share of the gig economy. Job security is fleeting in a world where being jobless must not mean…



Nashon J. Adero

A geospatial and systems modelling expert, lecturer, youth mentor and trained policy analyst, who applies system dynamics to model complex adaptive systems.