BY BABATUNDE ALAO, AAUA
A member of the NationalYouth Service Corps (NYSC), Oluwaseyi Oluwalade, currently serving at the Information Protocol and Public Relations Unit (IPPRU) of Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA), Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, has organized a sensitization talk on career choice for the students of Oroke Conmmunity High school, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State.
The career talk, held at the school’s hall, drew the attention of all students from all the arms of the JSS 3 of the school
In his presentation entitled: “Making the best career choices”, the corps member charged the students that now was the best time to start thinking about their future and to pursue their dreams.
He, however, highlighted peer group pressure, role models, household influence, interest, ability, availability of resources and sponsorship as the core factors that can influence the students in making their best choice of career.
On what to be done to defy these influences, the corps member encouraged the students to know themselves and also, to stay focused on getting good grades.
He also admonished the students to discuss with as many adults as possible about careers and higher institutions as this will assist their educational and career endeavours.
Nonetheless, he advised parents and guardians not to impose careers on their children but instead, help students develop their areas of talents and potentials in order to tailor them to choose their careers in line with such potentials.
Speaking on what government can do to help matters, he recommended that, “a very effective counseling unit be established in secondary schools and the services of experienced counselor be employed.”
cording to Oluwalade: “The gesture was borne out of my passion to affect lives everywhere I am and I thank the NYSC for giving us the Community Development Services (CDS) platform to affect lives.”
Sharing his other programs with Quad Life, he disclosed donation of materials to physically challenged homes, over 3000 forty-leaf exercise books to public primary schools, hoisting of the Nigeria national flags in schools, donation of toiletries to a community based rehabilitation centre in Oka, and also the provision of office souvenirs to Adekunle Ajasin University where he currently serves. All these, he said, would be actualized with the grace of God and the help of sponsors.
However, expressing their joy with the career talk, one of the students of Oroke Conmmunity High school, Vivian Umeibe said: “The talk was educative and I have learned a lot about career-making.”
For Benjamin Toyin, the programme was an enlightenment as it opened his eyes and broaden his scope on his career making.