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Importance of Skill Acquisition

Updated on September 30, 2019
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The Benefits or Importance of Skill Acquisition

The importance of skill acquisition. Of what importance is skill acquisition.
The importance of skill acquisition. Of what importance is skill acquisition. | Source

What are the importance of Skill acquisition?


Is skill acquisition of any importance? Skill is very important in the life of every citizen. The reason why many technicians earns more than some university graduates is because the technicians acquired more of skills than the theories the graduates were fed with when they were in universities. It can take you to places you do not expect you will ever find yourself. Skill acquisition is the ability to be trained on a particular task or function and become expert in it. It is a pity that there is ‘huge parading’ of unemployment in many parts of the world today. This hot potato (current issue under discussion, unemployment) is giving many youths in different parts of the world sleepless nights. It is one of the causes of rapid growth in crimes in many parts of the world. But, do you think there is any relationship between someone who has acquired skill on how to perform a particular job and make money from it and unemployment? The answer is no because the skill he has already acquired can always speak for him or her.

There are many people who are making their money full-time because of what they have already acquired. They do not even stress themselves much before they are able to make their cool cash. This is so because they are experts in what they do and the services they render is easy and yet make it big.

Today, there are many unemployed graduates in the world. One of the problems of the education system of Africa is that it lacks imparting of skills on the students. The most number of unemployed is found in Africa Continent. According to International Labour Congress, in 2013, Africa had the highest unemployment rate. The truth remain that the major causes of the unemployment among these vibrant youths is lack of skill to back up what they learnt from their institutions of learning. When these graduates were still in school, they did not border to learn at least one single skill, maybe that which is related in computer card designing, typing, plumbing, electric maintenance and others. If they have learnt any skill at all, the rate of unemployment will reduce among them. Instead of learning any single skill during their holidays when they were still student, they were busy watching various “species” of videos in their individual homes, moving from one joint to another, partying from one town to another, and changing from one girl or guy to another.

Skill Acquisition and Employment

Skill acquisition helps in employment generation/creation
Skill acquisition helps in employment generation/creation | Source

The Importance of Skill Acquisition

Skill is like key used in opening door of fortune. As water is very essential to human life; so is skill needed in the life of every serious minded human being. Skills can do a lot of great work in the life of every living soul. Lack of skills is a major cause of corruption. The importance of skill acquisition includes self employment, diverse job opportunities, employment generation, effective function, and crime reduction.

Self-employment: A skill acquired man is a self-employed man. The piece you are reading right now is written as a result of the skill acquired by the writer. There are so many self-employed writers today who do not bother themselves of carrying files from one office to another in search of job. Their duty is freelance writing and they make great money from their writing. In the same vein, many successful businessmen and woman whose names are heard in many parts of the world are self-employed. A self employed person can never go hungry because the skill he acquired provides food for him or her on daily basis. But one who lacks skill acquisition will find it difficult to be self employed because he or she has nothing to offer.

Skills acquired by website designers are what they use on their daily feeding instead of indulging in cyber-threat or online theft which is also related to internet. In that case, they do not have the time to answer ‘sir’ to anybody. They are self-employed due to the technical skill they acquired sometime ago. They are hired by many companies on daily basis because the skills they acquired keep them going. Whenever they feel like staying in their home and rest, they do so without being questioned by any higher authority. They are simply boss of their own.

If all university graduates acquired basic skills before graduation from universities, the issue of high graduate unemployment in the country would have been old story. It would have been a thing of the past. Our graduates should acquire paying skills before their graduation from universities. This will make them to be self employed when they graduate from tertiary institutions.

Diverse job opportunities: Have you ever seen someone who acquires many skills alone? Such person is classified as someone who is up and doing. Those who have many skills stand the chance of gain job from many establishments. Frankly speaking, people who have many skills are being searched by many companies. Company A, B, and C stand in a queue fighting over one person. They are searched for because they can do many functions due to the series of skills possessed.

This is similar to what happens in the world of football. Many football clubs fight over star footballers in every football season. In that case it is left for the footballer to select from many opportunities that wait for him. Some football clubs like to have star footballers like Christiano Ronaldo, Portugal; Lionel Messi, Argentina; Rooney, England; and many others because of the excellent football skills they possess. Some of these footballers are accused of being Illuminati members but what keep them going are their skills. A case like this has the footballer to decide which club to play for. In that case, he is not searching for job but job is searching for him; just imagine the power of skill acquisition.

Employment generation: Many governments are still finding it difficult to provide jobs for the citizens because the citizens are lacking important skills they need. There will be a lot of jobs generated for the citizens of every country if the citizens are well equipped with skills. This is why it is necessary for government to organize skill acquisition programme for the masses as this will go a long way in providing jobs for others.

Someone who is well equipped on electronics repair can train his fellow citizens. When these citizens ‘mature’ in such field, they start earning from the skill they acquired from their master. This is how the newly trained in that field will train other persons, and employment generation keeps on growing in such circle. Likewise those who have good skills in businesses, they make good money on their businesses and generate employment for others by employing other to assist him in his business.

Effective function: Organizations that employ skilful workers to assist in their organizational duties lose

nothing at all because there will be always effective functions performed by the employee. This is because the employee has acquired necessary skills needed for him to perform the work as desired by the organization. The knowledge he gained from the training on that specific job makes him to do the organization’s works as desired by the management of the organization.

There is much difference between studying a particular course in the university or college and going for training on that course the person studied. Training on that course gives the fellow an insight on how to pilot the function whenever he is called. With skill acquisition combined with the education attainted by a person, effective function is offered to the company he works or is going to work with.

A handsome young man without money is like a "beautiful and healthy" tree that cannot produce any fruits. When a man has money, he will be able to function well in financial aspect. And one of the ways to achieve this is by acquisition of skills that will help him render good services and make money in turn.

Crime reduction: Skill acquisition reduces the crime rate in many nations. People begin to think on many dirty activities they will do to make money when they do not have anything to call job of their own. But, with acquired skill by an individual, he works and makes money from his acquired skill. This will make him to feel comfortable in life and do not disturb his or herself life in any way.

Nations are advice to organize skill acquisition programmes for her citizens to experience low crime practices by her citizens. Instead of engaging in crime, the money acquired by the citizens from empowerment through skill acquisition can be used to promote peace in such nations. Also, the skill acquired by the citizens who were indulging in crime before can be used to convert those who are still partakers in such bad practice. They can go after their old bad friends and teach them the new skills they acquired thereby converting them to good.

Learn and develop your skills.
Learn and develop your skills.

Conclusion and recommendation

Skills open doors to greatness. A skilful man speaks with confidence while the none skilful is filled with fear. This topic has done justice to the importance of skill acquisition.

The young, old, beautiful, handsome and the ugly need skill acquisitions. This is an important tool for achieving of success in life. The five principal importance of skill acquisition as discussed under this topic are self employment, diverse job opportunities, employment generation, effective function, and crime reduction.

These five cardinal points are not the only importance of skill acquisition. If you have friends whether learned or not, encourage them to go for skills because good and lucrative skills acquired can make ways where it seems there is no way.

If you have diverse skills, you can fit into many areas in life. Acquire the much skills you can for better life. To the world youth, youthful age gives room for personal development through skill acquisition. Do not miss the opportunities offered by this stage. Youths should learn as many skills as they can at that period of time.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Okwuagbala Uzochukwu Mike P


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      6 months ago

      This is an amazing write up!

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      8 months ago

      It a nice acticle ,have been able to make a short write up 4 presentation on this topic.....

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      Okwuagbala Uzochukwu Mike P 

      9 months ago from Anambra State, Nigeria

      Thanks Emily

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      10 months ago

      What a wonderful article ,an encouragement to our youths !

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      Okwuagbala Uzochukwu Mike P 

      11 months ago from Anambra State, Nigeria

      You are such a great woman Carolyn Fields. I just went through your profile. You comment is motivating.

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      Carolyn Fields 

      11 months ago from South Dakota, USA

      Excellent advice. I just finished reading another article about where companies are going wrong with learning and development. They pointed out that just having CPE units isn't enough. People need to acquire tangible skills that they can apply to real-world projects.

      "The only way to win is to learn faster than anyone else," according to Eric Ties, author of The Lean Startup. I couldn't agree more!

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      Okwuagbala Uzochukwu Mike P 

      2 years ago from Anambra State, Nigeria

      Thanks @ Ufuoma

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      2 years ago

      Very nice and encouraging

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      Okwuagbala Uzochukwu Mike P 

      2 years ago from Anambra State, Nigeria

      Thanks so much Yvonne for your comment.

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      2 years ago

      Beautiful article


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