Graduates urged to shift  focus from being employees to being employers

By Chisomo Phiri

Graduates from various  higher learning institutions in the country have been urged to shift their focus from being employed to creating jobs.

Speaking on Tuesday when the FDH Bank Plc was launching graduate start-ups program at the Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS), the bank’s Deputy Managing Director (DMD) George Chitera said it is now time for Malawian graduates to start creating jobs for themselves and others as the job opportunities are scarce out there.


Said Chitera:”If you want the government to do everything for you, then forget it. Let us start producing.”

He emphasized the need for the graduates to find solutions to problems the country is encountering.

“Come up with ideas that can change Malawi from number three on the list of poorest countries.

“Malawi is poor because it does not produce or is producing wrong things and called for mindset change,” he said.

In her speech, MUBAS Vice Chancellor, Associate Professor, Nancy Chitera hailed FDH Bank Plc for choosing their institution to be the first beneficiaries of the graduate start-ups program.

“We are very thankful to FDH Bank for choosing our institution to be the first institution to benefit from the graduate start-ups program. This means a lot to us as an institution and we will use the opportunity wisely,” she said.

Chitera then urged the graduates at the institution to utilise the opportunity, saying the university is determined to promote research, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

The graduate start-ups program will offer loans to MUBAS students with promising business ideas.