Upward Mobility: Tapping into Africa’s Potential

Mar 30, 2021

The following excerpt is based on the book Tomorrow’s Jobs Today, available at fine booksellers from John Hunt Publishers.

It’s every job seeker’s dream to land both a financially and intellectually rewarding position doing something that they love. Or at least like! Yet these days, even amidst the abundant opportunities of the Information Age, folks of all skill levels continue to struggle with the best approach to a happy and successful vocation.

Business models are transforming the job market so rapidly that even the most accomplished executives and educated employees suffer from anxiety over the stability of their roles. They must routinely prove their intrinsic value to their superiors and define their personal brand within their organization. For new graduates and those looking to make a big career transition, the reality of a continually shifting corporate landscape can feel almost paralyzing. It’s a universal issue that we find throughout the globe, including Africa, where men like Amb-Dr. Oyedokun Ayodeji Oyewole are working to helping young people succeed.

Having a society where quality records and information can be easily accessed must be a priority.

Amb-Dr. Oyedokun Ayodeji Oyewole

From the interview

Amb-Dr. Oyedokun, your work developing new practitioners in Records and Computer Science fields in Africa is substantial and encouraging. You have empowered your students to harness their analytical skills, engage in professional development, and seize opportunity. What inspired you to start building a community of skilled practitioners that could make a difference in their communities?

My journey started in 2004 with a tremendous vision and mission. This was at a time when only a few organizations in Africa were implementing data science and information management technology. With the vast opportunities in those areas coupled with the societal challenges faced by the continent, I saw the need for us to bolster the demand for proper management and security of records in both public and private organizations. A huge chunk of organizations was still struggling with managing physical records and certainly not prepared for electronic documents. Poverty, corruption, and a lack of employment opportunities were crippling.

In analyzing all of this, I felt the only meaningful solution to both alleviating suffering and empowering people was through the advancement of this industry, information management, neglected for decades in Africa. Having a society where quality records and information can be easily accessed must be a priority in the face of several challenges ranging from lack of government support, inadequate legislation, poorly trained professionals and practitioners, to the absence of standards and necessary tools for adequate data governance.

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