Hey guys! If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know I’m a student. I think I say this in every other blog post because it will give you a rough idea of what stage I’m at in life. I don’t know if that is a good or bad thing.
The internet has so many tips on how to make money as a student. Making money as a student in Zambia is not the easiest thing. It is possible, but it certainly is not easy.
Comparing Zambia to some countries in The Americas, Europe and Asia, the first thing that stands out could be the economic differences. Finding a job as a student in countries like the USA or even Malaysia is easy. The reason for this is students can get part-time jobs, especially those that don’t require any specialized skills. The problem in Zambia is there is already a problem when it comes to unemployment. In 2020, the unemployment rate in Zambia was approximately 11.41%.
People with degrees are the ones working jobs that people with no academic qualifications or students, should be working. Jobs like waiting tables, packing shelves in a grocery store, working at check out and other such jobs. It is so hard for university students to get such jobs because degree holders are going after the same jobs and I don’t blame them because finding jobs in Zambia is hard. Especially if you’re not well connected.
You’ll have people suggesting you start your own business. Starting a business requires capital. Where are students expected to find that money? No one is giving a student a loan. If you don’t have parents/guardians/sponsors who are willing to give/lend you some money to start a business, then it’s really hard to get it from elsewhere. It is not impossible, it’s just difficult.
One thing students in Malaysia do is work as Grab drivers (a taxi service) or do food delivery for Food Panda or Grab food. If a student in Zambia decided to work as a driver for Ulendo, where is the car coming from? Buying a car in Zambia is so expensive. Even second-hand vehicles are so expensive. To make it worse, we don’t make or assemble cars in Zambia, unlike Malaysia, so everything is expensive.
Another thing is campus jobs. Universities in the US, UK and even Malaysia allow students to apply for campus jobs. Jobs like working in the cafeteria and working in the library can be given to students. However, in Zambia, we have a serious problem with the lack of jobs that students can’t get jobs like that. It would be great if some jobs on campus were created just for students, to help them make extra money.
I just think the game is rough in Zambia. If you don’t have parents/ guardians who are willing to give or loan you some money to start something of your own, the chances of making money as a student are close to none. If you have the time and if you have the money to capitalise on your talents then, by all means, go for it. I just think we shouldn’t shame people who aren’t in a similar position and call them lazy.
I’m not making excuses for anyone but the fact is, the Zambian economy doesn’t allow students to make money. It is so hard for those with degrees to find jobs so what are the chances of a student getting a job? Also, any money you make, the government takes a huge chunk of it. We have a long way to go before all those blog posts I’ve read about how to make money as a student can become an attainable reality in Zambia for all students.
Again, if you have the time and you are able to capitalize on your talents, please do it.
Having spent a good amount of time outside Zambia and getting the chance to see how things could be for Zambians, I hope I’ll one day be able to create environments where students can make extra money. A girl can dream, right?
What are your thoughts on this? Is it easy for students to make money in your country? Please leave a comment below and let me know.
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