Keeping in view the emerging trends in the freelancing domain, the Office of Students Affair (OSA), UOL recently organized a lecture on freelancing and its scope in the world with the aim to enhance the online skills of the students.
The event was attended by 189 students of the Kamyab Jawan Program (Skills for All), an enterprise aimed at empowering the youth of Pakistan especially those from the rural and remote areas. The program under the vision of PM Imran Khan, targets to create at least 10 million jobs for the young people.
The UOL in this regard, is collaborating with the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) on category one that focuses on “Training in High-Tech Trades and Emerging Technologies across Pakistan”.
Mr. Muhammad Toor (Deputy Director, NAVTTC Punjab-Lahore) and Mr. Muhammad Aasim (Assistant Director, NAVTTC Head Quarter, Islamabad in charge of Skills Standard & Curriculum Wing) were the guest speakers of the event.
During his presentation, Mr. Toor appreciated the Government of Pakistan, NAVTTC and University of Lahore for providing an opportunity to the students to enhance their skills through different courses presented by Kamyab Jawan Program. He shared with the students that, “You will realize the importance of free-lancing after entering the job market. It is a popular trend adopted globally. Available statistics indicate that USA is on first position, UK on 2nd, Brazil on 3rd and Pakistan is at fourth position in the free-lancing list worldwide”.
While sharing his experience as a freelancer, Mr. Aasim said: “I am an electronic engineer by profession and had been working with Government as a Scientific Officer. However, I decided to join freelancing to fully support my family”. “I learnt and did graphic designing on freelance basis and I was rated the “Top Seller” on Upwork in 2014 and on Fiverr in 2017. Top rated seller implies earning upto $10,000 per month”, he added.
He shared that currently, 150,000 Pakistanis are employed as freelancers and contributing $1 billion revenue annually. He spelt out freelanceing opportunities including Services, E-Commerce, Contract/Hourly based, Stock Photography/Videos, Blogging/Vlog, Online Courses and Contents.
“To succeed in freelancing, you need to be equipped with skills in graphics, web development, e-commerce, creative writing, digital marketing, social media management, video and business services”, he said. He highlighted to the participants that Fiverr, Upwork, People Per Hour, 99 Design, Envato Studio etc. are the most popular websites for freelancing.