Who amongst us have succeeded? What can we learn from their style of operation? Those are the ones that have identified their niche, their uniqueness and worked with it.
The immigrants, coming to a new environment find it daunting to make ends meet. The ones that prosper have the characteristic that allows them to survive in a foreign land, which means they have adapted. Adapting means you would have to change some of your ways of survival in your old habitat and make new tactics for the new one. Many of us immigrants fail because we want to do things the old style. “In Kenya we don`t do this, If
you were in Kenya nobody would let you...” such conversation are so common yet the people forget they have moved on. Those survival tactics worked for that old environment not the new one.
A father beats a daughter because in Kenya that is how you disciplined those days but in UK, he is jailed and loses his job. A husband helps is household chores, like to change nappies and cook but in Kenya that is unheard of. What about queuing for services? The system in the new country is set different and therefore you have to custom your mind to operate with the new order. This will make you more productive in the foreign land.
In UK, those who have been on benefits for 10 years without thought of a way they can improve their skills, have been shocked by the goverment decisions to cut benefits. A number of people are moving left right and centre to find a job but they realize things have changed. Technologies have moved on, companies have changed their recruitment procedures, and now they realize the best option is to go back to college, and their life and those of their children is thoroughly disrupted by a small change in the operating system. Its not too late!
Even if you are employed or in business, it’s always important to find chances of continuous professional development as most companies now want employees that can globally compete. How does your colleague get promoted? How does one candidate get a job and not you? This is because they have portrayed themselves
as knowledgeable and have shown the potential of bringing something to the company. Improve your communication skills, your employability skills even if it means getting a mentor.
The youth are the highest unemployed group, yet even after university, they would spend their days social networking and going out in the evening. They should try to research more and acquire knowledge on how to
improve their interview and communication. Even if you get a low skill job like a cashier or a waiter, even with your degree, take it to gain skills of working with others, precision, communication, handling finances etc. Every little job can be a lesson. It’s important to look out for forums and conferences that are aimed to promote personal growth. Also spend your money wisely, take your mentor for a meal and observe their skills, how do they address the public, how do they order, how do they eat etc, this allows you to emulate good habits and savvy ways of the achievers. Remember each day is a day you can volunteer to work somewhere to gain skills.
The global competition is high, for business too, tailor yourself to provide services of good quality, variety and know what your competitors are like. If you are too comfortable, you will quickly be overtaken. The economy is asking us to be adaptable! Be fit to survive the economic weather.