See the 10 SKILLS IN HIGH DEMAND IN NIGERIA. The need for acquisition of skills in a country like Nigeria where poverty and unemployment rate is high cannot be over flogged.
It is unfortunate that the Nigerian education system does not allocate room for talent identification, development and skill acquisition. Where there is no availability of white collar jobs, one has to make good use of a skill to survive.
Parents should go overboard to ensure that their children and words acquire a skill or two in addition to school certificates.
There are many vocational skills in high demand in Nigeria that can earn you more money than a four year degree, if you are willing to try out any vocational skill, you can pick from any below
1. FOOD SERVICES
There is an endless demand for food all over the world; I do not believe there can be too many food handlers or vendors because all human beings irrespective of their social strata must eat to survive and not every meal can be prepared at home.
I know excellent fine dining restaurants that are owned by people who have obtained degrees in non-food related fields.
Many young Nigerians have acquired training as chefs and have been able to build popular and successful food brands that have earned them both money and fame, some of them operate from the comforts of their home with the help of social media and the internet.
There are many caterers, bakers and their likes who make good money by running their brands online. Food service is an in demand vocational skill that enjoys a healthy outlook that keeps growing steadily.
Anyone with food service skills must definitely find a job if they are not yet ready to run their own business.
2. COMPUTER SUPPORT AND SERVICES
Computer software and equipment is a fast rising market, because the computer is useful and complex, creating a need for more specialists and technical support.
The good thing here is that one can acquire moderate vocational training on computer support and technology to earn a reasonable amount of money.
3. HAIR STYLING AND BEAUTY SERVICES
There is a rise in demand for beauty services in Nigeria. Young men and women have broken boundaries in this industry by becoming owners of beauty brands and employers of huge labour.
Banke Meshida of Bmpro and Tara Durotoye of house of tara are owners of Nigerian leading make up lines that employed and trained many young Nigerians to be successful in the line of beauty.
Hair styling, like makeup is a trendy skill that is high in demand especially bridal hair styling. Individuals generally want to feel and look good and beauticians can help them achieve that.
This industry has grown and is still growing with good opportunities especially for people who are and desire to be self-employed.
4. DIGITAL MARKETING SKILLS:
Social media is proven to be an effective marketing tool in today’s world. Social media platforms are an effective vehicle for reaching millions of people simultaneously for business or leisure purposes.
There is a lot of money to be made on social media if it properly harnessed. Companies and brands recognise this and have begun to make use of it by hiring digital marketers.
Maximise your social media accounts today by learning how to market goods and services online. All you will need is an internet connection, a mobile device or laptop.
5. MANUFACTURING SKILLS:
People acquiring vocational skills in the manufacturing trade are often hired to pass on the knowledge to another set of people or to work in manufacturing agencies.
Some of them have been able to manufacture their own products for sale. Products manufactured include liquid soaps, bar soaps, ointments, balm, detergents, disinfectants and stain removers.
6. TAILORING AND FASHION DESIGNING SKILLS:
Like beauty and hairstyling, the fashion industry is another industry with a very high demand rate that has provided an escape from unemployment and poverty for the Nigerian youth.
The driving force here is passion. Under six to twelve months, people who are passionate about fashion are able to acquire enough skill to help them start up their own tailoring shops and fashion lines.
Consistency in this industry actually pays off, some indigenous fashion labels that we have watched grow from scratch to top are designs by Mai Atafo, Deola Sagoe, LanreDasilva Ajayi and many other young ones doing remarkable jobs. They style celebrities and top government officials, royalties and others who can afford their services.
7. AUTO SERVICING SKILLS:
Commonly and fondly refer to as mechanics in Nigeria, provide essential services that cannot be overlooked. You will find mechanics shops in almost every Nigerian street or areas to provide fast relief and aid to people whose cars break down at odd places and times.
Regarded as a dirty job that requires much labour, it is a skill that is high in demand and if handled with expertise and professionalism will yield very good returns.
8. CONSTRUCTION SERVICES SKILLS:
Construction services include brick layers, electricians, elevator installers, building inspectors and others involved in the entire construction process.
Humans need shelter just like the need food and clothing. The demand for construction services is high because we need for our homes, schools, roads, hospitals and every other buildings for different purposes.
Most people who render these services did not acquire the knowledge from universities but from vocational training. You too can train in any of these fields and be successful.
9. CARPENTRY SKILLS:
Carpentry deals with wood carving, production and repairs. It is a high skilled trade that plays a vital role in our lives.
Our furniture at home, schools, offices, churches, recreational centres, hospitals and virtually everywhere are made by carpenters.
It is a beautiful skill that is mostly underrated in Nigeria. The demand and returns on carpentry are equally high.
10. PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS:
This involves the creation of durable and beautiful images by use of an image sensor or other related materials. Most people love to create and keep memories by taking photos while others communicate their stories to the world by photos.
There is a good market and demand for photographers in Nigeria with weddings as the largest market. One will be amazed at the costs of making photos and videos at weddings and other events.
There are many budding photographers showcasing their talents on the internet. Lagos state seems to be the home of photography because you will find many training schools here as well as many job opportunities.
Parties take place almost every weekend in lagos, photographers here are able to get gigs on regular basis.
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