By DAYO ADESULU
In its bid to act as catalyst in challenges faced by undergraduates in tertiary institutions, Dragnet Solutions has disclosed plans to set up career clubs in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.
Mr. Robert Ikazoboh, Managing Director, Dragnet Solutions, said such clubs would help in addressing some of the challenges that undergraduates face in planning for a future career, after school. These challenges include negative and pessimistic views about their future and that of the nation; dependency syndrome inherent in our youth; and lack of information and knowledge of the possibilities and opportunities that exist, and how to go about taking advantage of them.
Others include lack of a structured job search system, distant and inaccessible employers, highly competitive nature of the job market, nepotism in the employment process and the youth lack of faith, hope and belief in self and in the future.
Ikazoboh who noted that he will swing into action once the idea of the career club is accepted by the various tertiary institutions in the country, added that the fortunes of thousands of Nigerian students, who graduate annually, without any inkling of their career direction, would have been significantly helped.
He said: “The career club idea is an initiative which will inspire, assist and propel undergraduates of our tertiary institutions to accomplish their career dreams. The club will aid them in overcoming the challenges standing as obstacles to realizing their job dreams. It will work to bridge the gap between the employers and students, the education environment and the economy at large.
“This club is truly about empowering students to take charge of their future in a proactive manner. The tagline of the club will be “Empowering the Future” and this adequately captures the essence of setting it up. Empowering the future entails transforming the fortunes of the students by providing them the requisite knowledge and platform with which they could make the best out of their lives post-graduation.”
Ikazoboh who disclosed that his company was already holding discussions with some universities in order to help them set up the club, reiterated that the career club will have three key areas of focus. These include re-orientation and personal effectiveness, career and course of study support and human capital development programmes.
Dragnet Solutions, which recently celebrated its 5th anniversary, is Nigeria’s leading computer-based testing and talent management firm, and has various solutions that support areas like scholarship administration, E-application management, matriculation examination, testing among others.