Top 10 Profitable Skills to Acquire that can sustain you without a job after School

Top 10 Profitable Skills to Acquire that can sustain you without a job after School

According to recent statistics released by the National Bureau of Statistics, the labour force population (i.e those within the working age population willing, able and actively looking for work) increased to 80.67 million from 79.9 million in second quarter. The report stated that the number of unemployed persons increased by 555,311. This statistics grew even further by last quarter as lots of organization packed up while others cut jobs.

All these notwithstanding, the country produces not less than 1.8 million graduates every year, who is willing to employ them and how many can they employ?

These questions and statistics have prompted this write up; have you asked yourself, what are your chances of getting a job immediately after school? These days, the aspect of job satisfaction is no longer an issue, many will say, let’s get any job first.

Instead of thinking of who will employ you after school or how long it might take to land any job, I think you should consider acquiring a skill.

Skill acquisition is the best thing that can happen to an undergraduate before graduation in this current dispensation. The skill acquired could vary according to your interest but it can go a long way to sustaining you and your family after school.

In that regards, I have decided to share with The Total Entrepreneurs, Top 10 Profitable Skills to acquire that can sustain you without a job after school.

But before listing these top profitable skills, some of you may ask why should I acquire a skill when I am reading a professional course like Medicine, Engineering, Pharmacy, Accountancy or even Law, well, I want you to do a little survey within your neighbourhood or social media friends, ask whom among them read the above mentioned courses, when they graduated, how many of them are currently employed, what kind of job are they employed in and how much they earn.

Many after graduation end up doing nothing or working with a law firm where they are paid 30k per month and same with medical doctors working with private clinics.

Another reason you need to acquire these skills is that, with the knowledge, you need little to no fund to startup So, the case of looking for funding will not arise until you have established yourself, made a name and seeking to expand. With acquired skills, you can only be providing solutions or solving people’s problems. Are you with me? Now let’s get to business.

  1. Cobbler/ Bag Maker

Making foot wares and bags can be very profitable. Africans love wearing matching outfits, some fashionista’s could design/create foot wares to match with your outfit using your clothing material. You could learn this skill while in school and be making shoes and bag for your fellow students and friends. If you are creative and have interest in designing shoes and bag, you should consider acquiring this skill.

  1. Driving

Yes, you can drive for cash. Taxi industry is booming according to statistics by UBER. You can raise money and get a car that you could use for part time taxi business. You could also register with taxi companies or have a relation/friend get you a car as a loan and I bet you, before 6 months, if you are diligent, you would have paid back. From a little unofficial personal survey I conducted in FCT, Abuja and Enugu in Nigeria, taxis in Enugu makes an average of N4000 to N7000 daily while their counterparts in Abuja make even higher. A taxi man I met in Abuja who was formerly an automobile mechanic told me that he didn’t know how profitable the business was until one of his customers paid him N4,000 to please take him to the airport and on his way back, he got another passenger to town. He said he drove around town for roughly about 2 hours and spent a total of 3 hours driving that day but made N9,000 after all expenses. He is now a full time taxi driver. If your car is still very neat and in good shape, you could also register as an Airport taxi and that is more money.

Read story of UBER driver in Nigeria and how much he makes.

  1. Cable TV Installer

This is another profitable skill that will cost you almost nothing to learn if your love Engineering or like playing with electronic tools. You can do this business on the side while you do other things. Cable TV Installation is not so hard to learn and you could meet with Satellite Cable companies or their distributors and ask them to refer you to mount cable for new customers, this way, you do not only install it that once but big chances are you will be maintaining it.



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Skill is acquiring ability through training. You must not be passionate about something before you can make it in such area. All you need is put interest and you will forever be grateful you did. With acquired skills, you will not be looking for whom to employ you but people will be looking for you to help them solve their problem.

Let me know the skill you have interest on and I can help you with tips on how to venture into it.

2019 will be a successful year to all dedicated entrepreneurs.


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Francis Nwokike

Francis is a Passionate Social Entrepreneur. Love discussing new trends in Business and Marketing. A Startup consultant. A good listener. Love to help that your business grow.

6 Responses

  1. Etta Mercy says:

    Am interested in sewing ,makeup,and baking

  2. Anwara John says:

    Is it possible to learn multiple skills at a time?… or should i just focus on one?

  3. Anwara John Okechukwu says:

    Bro.. i wish to learn haircut and to learn it extremely well, the people in my state dont know anything and i wish to be the first to make outstanding haircuts

    How long do you think will take me to learn it and be exceptional at it

    Because i’m actually an undergraduate with little time for this… but i really want to learn this skill before i leave school and to learn it very well while still going to school.

    • Hello Anwara, glad to hear you want to acquire a new skill. However, I cannot say of specific how long it will take you to perfect the skill of haircutting. This depends on you and how fast you learn.

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