By Minenhle Moyo
The Covid-19 era should be an opportunity for the youths to get out of their comfort zone and do what has to be done, for thee future depends on it. How best can young people bail their precious future that is seemingly under the threat and unrelenting attack?, one may ask.
The business world has been slowed down. The digital world is quickly taking over in every sphere. Business transaction are now conducted online owing to the lockdown preventive measures adopted by most nations. It is time that youths prepare themselves with digital skills to keep afloat.
Shepherd Ncube, a 24 year old Marketing Student at Lupane State Univesity, who is a graphic designer and co-owns a creative photography company said this Pandemic has shifted peoples focus & made survival the only quest.
“The market is now concentrating on the human needs hence, my business as a young person which is offering ‘demands’ is out of business” Ncube said.
“As a youth, this pandemic has taught us not to ‘live in the moment’ but to plan ahead, and prepare for the unknown, as an entrepreneur to adapt in every situation thus changing your business strategy to fit every situation, we must be ready to adapt and be ready to change at any given time”.
One of the Zimbabwe’s most prominent young academic writer and philanthropist Mthulisi Ndlovu also nodded with the notion saying after lockdown it will never be business as usual.
He said the nature of public relations and doing business would have reached another level foreign to many.
Job losses, maximum implementation of automation, civil unrest will be the new normal he said.
“The world is taping a totally new dimension, the digital era is quickly taking over in every sphere. As youths this must be an opportunity for us to be hands on as we improve, polish and prepare ourselves with digital knowledge and practical skills. “
“This is a mandatory move, it’s either you adapt or you get thrown offlane for without these basic skills you suddenly become of less value to most companies and the corporal world as a whole. We are at advantage because most of the world youths have atleast basic knowledge of digitalization and technology even those in remote areas can at least relate to some extent.” Ndlovu added.
The corona virus pandemic is without a doubt going to leave damage on the lives of the people, but it is in the hands of the youths, still full on energy and their lives ahead of them to stand up and make a difference now for a better future.