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6,900 Degree Holders Unemployed in Bali

Motivation and Access to Funding to Be Given to Entrepreneurially Minded Unemployed Graduates in Bali.

(9/30/2011) According to BisnisBali. at least 6,900 university graduates in Bali are unemployed.
The Head of the Cooperatives Service and Bali Dewa Cooperative, Nyoman Patra, sees the high level of unemployment among Bali's degree holders as a matter of great concern and an assault on the education system. "This needs to be urgently addressed by changing the mindset and outlook of our graduates. The spirit to create employment opportunities rather than merely look for work must be instilled in every graduate," said Patra.
Patra sees much unexplored potential yet to be exploited by Bali's university graduates. He feels that graduates need flexibility and courage in order to exploit every opportunity offered by the current economy, contending that whenever a graduate becomes an entrepreneur, he or she can in turn create employment opportunities for others. "Initially we target for 3,000 Bali degree holders to become entrepreneurs," he explained.
As an initial step towards this goal, on December 30, 2009, a preparatory workshop for 1,000 graduates will be held at the Lila Bhuwana Sports Stadium in Bali in a program that will be opened by the State Minister for Cooperatives. At that workshop graduates will be given encouragement and motivation by successful business people in Bali, to be followed up with further programs in the future.
Also in the future, unemployed graduates wishing to become entrepreneurs will be introduced to local banks and provided access to other sources of start up capital.
According to Patra, money is of secondary importance to the need for the Balinese graduates to develop a tough mentality, flexibility, honesty and the courage to pursue every opportunity presented.