By Amaka Abayomi
TO ensure that students are prepared for the workplace and entrepreneurship, J. Soji-George & Co, a management consulting firm, has organised a three-day training programme for the graduating students of the University of Lagos, UNILAG.
Speaking on the importance of the training, which is themed The Importation of Employability Skills on Nigerian Graduating Students, UNILAG’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, Development Services, Professor Shade Ogunsola, said it is to make the students more employable and to assist them bring out their best.
According to the DVC, who oversees entrepreneurship, innovation, internationalisation of the students, “we know that book knowledge is not what makes you succeed. No matter how good you are with your studies, if you lack skills of dealing with people, making decisions, knowing how not to offend others and knowing what matters in the workplace, you will not go far because you will keep putting your feet in your mouth every time you open it.
“There will be challenges, but they need to know that challenges and problems are not obstacles but another way of ensuring that their creative juices flow, making every problem a means of tweaking their creativity and bringing out their problem solving abilities. Problems would always arise but we want to disabuse the minds of our youths from believing that solutions to their problems must come from other people rather than themselves. They need to recognize that nobody is looking to give anybody jobs as employers are looking for people that would add value to their organizations.
“This varsity has taken it as a mantra and we hope that in the next five years, this training would start right from year one so that it becomes part of their DNA so that when you meet our student, you’ll see leadership qualities embedded in them as a result of this training.”
Also speaking, the convener of the training, Dr. Olusoji George, said the skills that would be disclosed to the students during the course of the training would definitely set them apart from the pack of job seekers. He said “This programme will, among other things, distinguish first class from first class holders.”
Speakers included Dr. Tayo Otubanjo, Head Research, Lagos Business School, who spoke on Personal Branding; Dr. Soji George on Introduction to Soft Skills; Dr. Sunday Adebisi on Team Management; Ms Dupe Macforte of Macforte Consulting on Etiquettes; and Dr. Roseline Danesi spke on Ethics In The Workplace.