By Amaka Abayomi

The Lagos State Ministry of Education has disclosed that national economic growth can be facilitated through proper career guidance for primary pupils and secondary school students.

Speaking at 2012 Children’s Day Youth Forum/Career Exhibition for students and pupils in Lagos State, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Omolara Erogbogbo, said there is need to churn out graduates that can be self reliant and employers of labour.

“The aim of this forum is to expose the pupils and students to the various career opportunities available so as to prepare them for future challenges and groom them in nation building.

“The preparation for the future begins now which is why an array of professionals are here to educate them on the various subject combinations that can lead to various professional courses so as to facilitate their career choice and make them fit into professions that would bring out their full potentials and enhance productivity.”

Pointing out that life is a market place, an entrepreneur and one of the facilitators, Mr. Tomiwa Equtor, said for anyone to be successful in the market place as an entrepreneur, there is the need to understand who you are.

“Life is a market place and everybody is about one thing or the other. To succeed as an entrepreneur, you have to know who you are and are busy in the right direction so as to be productive.”

Stressing that there are no shortcuts to success, a facilitators, Pharmacist Ugochinyere Ogudu, said whatever anyone thinks can be gotten cheaply has no value as every profession requires intense studying.

Some of the students who spoke to Vanguard Learning pointed out that the Forum has exposed the importance of career guidance which has been a big issue between parents and their children.

For Nelson Nimfa, a student of Community Senior High School, Wasimi, Maryland, who intends to become a lawyer, despite the fact that his parents want him to study business administration, said “forums like this help guide us to make proper career choices and overcome pressure from parents and peers.”

For Elujoba Moriliat of Girls Secondary Grammar School, Obalende, who want to become a rap artiste despite the fact that her parents want her to be a lawyer, the importance of the career guidance is to guide the students to know they are and what they want to become.

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