21 Jul, 2023

What Can Tertiary Students in Africa Do to Increase Their Chances of Finding Work

Young graduates

This short report provides data and evidence to help tertiary students in sub-Saharan Africa increase their chances of finding work.

It has useful information for students themselves as well as people in a position to advise students, counsellors, mentors, and student groups.

It draws on secondary data from the African Education Research Database (AERD), and other relevant sources such as working papers and unpublished research. It also includes data from interviews with students, graduates and employers.

The insights mainly come from universities in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), but still broadly apply to tertiary education across Africa.

This report highlights the problem of youth unemployment and underemployment in Africa and how students themselves can contribute to the efforts of other stakeholders such as governments, education institutions and industry, to address the problem that affects students directly.

Download the report here

Authors: Dr Samuel Asare, Dr Pauline Essah, Jennifer N. Udeh, Eng.D., Samuel Sasu, and Martin Mulwa


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