Business mogul, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has advised the youth not to rush into entrepreneurship but first gain employable skills.
He noted it is very crucial to work diligently under someone to gain working experience and skills that would help them be competent enough to start their own companies later. He added that even without owning their own companies they can work hard as employees and rise through the ranks to be very influential in society.
Dr Nduom, who is the President and Chairman of Groupe Nduom (GN), was addressing students of the Wa Nursing and Midwifery Training College in the Upper West region.
“It is good to become an employee and a better one, a good one because it gives you the skills that you need. If you are an employee of someone and you are a bad employee, you are always late, always making mistakes, when you start your own company what will happen? You will always be late, you will make mistakes and you will not make money and the business will fail”.
Dr Nduom used the opportunity to share his public life and success with the students. According to him, it was more reasonable to be practical when talking about hard work and success, hence his decision to use his own private life as an example.
“I started by working for somebody else and I happen to be lucky”.
Tracing his roots to Elmina where he was born to professional teachers, he said through humility and by dint of hard work as he was growing up, gave him the opportunity to win an essay competition which landed him a scholarship to study in the United States of America (USA).
He recounted that life in America was not easy, however, said he worked hard to rise up on the ladder of life.
He indicated that through his insatiable quest to always be the best in life, he succeeded in becoming a partner at a multinational accounting firm, Deloitte and Touche, having joined the company as an associate consultant.
Dr Nduom advised the students not to resort to “short cuts” at reaching career heights but to take time to pass through the mill.
“Short cuts don’t last, if you want to take short cuts it might get you there but unprepared, you might get there by cheating, you might get there and not understand what it took to get there and usually people who like to take a short cut get lost along the road,” Dr Nduom noted.
He urged them not to give up hope but have courage in whatever they are doing in spite of the numerous economic challenges facing the country in order to survive the business environment in Ghana.