By Emmanuel Asuquo
One of the most complex issue facing the youth is the dilemma of choosing a career and lifelong work. Hence the need to guide them on this important issue. It is in response to this that a youth development consultant, Abraham Owoseni came up with a new book entitled Career Leader, A Guide to Purposeful Career and Influential Leadership.
In the book, Abraham Owoseni attempts to drive home in its simplest form the complex discourse of career and leadership amongst the youth folk. The author seeks to dispel the wrong views held by the youth about career and leadership through the book; hence it is “a guide to purposeful career and influential leadership”. He also intends through the book, to offer a lasting insights that will enable the reader to break out from joblessness to discovering work, as well to serve as a foundation for a true and purposeful career.
Contrary to the perceived wrong definitions for career and work, Abraham posits that “a career is a long-term, life-long work” (chapter1) and maintains that a career is not a job in the context it is being understood to be. He contends that a job is a piece of one’s work and that one’s career, which is his work can be expressed either via a profession, a vocation/craft or in entrepreneurship. He also emphasized that none of these channels of career expression is inferior to the other. It is a cycle and everyone must discover his place to become leaders of influence, relevance and impact! According to him, “work here refers to activity, engagement, labour; a career is not a task of a day or a week; it is a long term and a life-long task”.
In addressing the issue of choosing a career path, Abraham advised that before young people settle for their lives’ career choices; they should pay close attention to their purpose, Gifts, talents and abilities; passion and interests and personality respectively.
The 86 page book with forward by Dayo Israel, published in 2014 by Bukasin Unique Touch under the genre of Educational/Inspirational consists of six chapters with a note from the author and an Epilogue.
Chosing a career path
The author chapter by chapter dissects the various steps that youth will take in order to succeed. In chapter 1, he redefines career, introducing the reader to what career is. Choosing a career path followed in chapter two, while chapter three treats the place of refineries.
Chapters four to six takes the
reader to what he termed Career Work Expressions, Redefining Leadership and the seven elements of leadership.
Written in a simple English and style with jaw-friendly vocabularies that suits the age and target audience the author had in mind.
Abraham Owoseni is a youth development advocate and an educator with a vision to raise a new breed of purposeful and holistic youths. He is a trained Architect with a keen interest in youth facility designs and development from the prestigious Covenant University where he obtained a first class degree and Masters in Architecture. He has been involved in youth work for a relative good time and doubles as the Coordinator of the Youth Development Academy.