According to a Brookings Institution report many African economies have begun to experience growth for the first time since 2016.

Countries like Angola and South Africa, two of the continents biggest economies, are positioning themselves to sustain their growth. Other countries like Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Tanzania are growing their economies at around 6 percent. Moreover, countries like Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Guinea are showing promising growth.

As a matter of fact, across the continent there are projections of economic growth between 3.1 and 3.6 percent in 2019-20.

And with growing economies comes an increased demand for jobs and skills. So, what is in-demand?

We did some research into this question, and this is what we found.

Top 10 industries/areas with projected growth:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Mining
  4. Service Sector
  5. Banking and Finance
  6. Information and Communication Technology
  7. Entrepreneurship
  8. Transportation and Logistics
  9. Entertainment
  10. Tourism

These industries have a wide range of skill sets required, but the foundational skills have a lot in common. This is where Saylor Academy can help.

Saylor Academy’s free courses can provide a strong foundation that people can build upon as they explore the career path they want to take.

In regards to this we will break down one industry or career path a week and put together a “curriculum” or “pathway” of courses as a starting point.

For instance, this week is a combination of courses that are more generally applicable across multiple industries.


A skill that all employers will seek in any industry is the ability to manage a group of people and effectively lead them.

Considering this, here are three courses we recommend you take to start building a foundation for skills in management or leadership.

Leadership is often considered a “soft skill” or “transferable skill”, meaning leadership skills can be used in any industry. Saylor Academy’s courses will teach you of the basics in leadership, so you can demonstrate your potential to possible employers.

BUS208: Principles of Management
In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of management as they are practiced today. Understanding how managers work is just as beneficial for the employee as it is for the manager.

COMM001: Principles Of Human Communication
By the end of this course, you will be able to improve communication transactions in your life and understand how communication adds to the success of professional and personal relationships.

PRDV228: Decision-Making
When you complete the course, you will have practical tools to quickly determine the type of decision you are trying to make, the available tools and methods you may use, and the way to effectively engage your teams in the process.

These are a few courses to help you get started. In fact, Saylor Academy has over 80 courses you can choose from to create your own combination of skills.

On that note, you can explore our Full Course Catalog to create your own course combinations.

Additionally, if you plan to study our free online courses, you can visit our Getting Started Page to get all the information you will need to join and start learning.

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