By Sarah Ocholi and Comfort Abbah
In a move to address unemployment in the country, Focal Global Concept has began an enlightenment career management for teenagers, with a view to exposing them to business ideas that would position them for better future.
Speaking at a 5-Day Career Summer 2019, held in Ikeja, Lagos, for over 100 teenage students , the Chief Executive Officer, Leading Learning limited, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, stated that there were lots of occupation in Nigeria that youths , in particular and teenagers in general needed to be opened to.
Leadership, according to her, was a journey of no age limit, noting that every leader started from somewhere. She therefore, charged the teenagers to be creative and have a vision, admonishing them to take every moment of the career summer serious.
Speaking with journalists, the Lead facilitator and Chief Executive Officer, Global Concept, Mr. Olaonipekun Kazeem, explained that the reason for focusing on teenagers was to expose them to basic knowledge relating to their careers, noting that most young people got into the universities without clarity about the future.
He attributed that to the major cause of the rise in unemployment. .
In a bid to address this, Kazeem, said, “ We are looking at ways to tackle this from the grassroots by helping teenagers to identify their areas of strength and interest , as well as exposing to other opportunities that can be available for them to choose from”.
The programme according to him, would run for five days, at the end of which seven different industries would be visited by the students.
The beneficiaries he said, were students drawn from both private and public schools. While those from private sector paid a token for registration, their contemporaries from the public sector, he said , attended for free.
In addition, those from public sector according to him, would be engaged in an in-class learning that would include: first aid emergency response, goals and Prioritisation which he said would help them understand their areas of strength, as well as how to prioritize them to be successful in various things they might be interested in,
He said, “ They are also going to learn how to deal with their emotions, in terms of personal expectations: what they want from themselves , what the society wants from them and real life experiences that can either most likely be a setback in their life’s and how to deal with it.
“Also, they will be taught on how to build healthy relationships. We understand that relationship can actually make or destroy one. So, we intend to make them understand the importance of building healthy relationship that will help them forge ahead in life.
Above all, they will be taught on how to understand entrepreneurship. We want to expose them to businesses and industries, we want them to understand that every industry that exists requires an independent services from outside.
So, if they ever wake up three to seven years down the line and are interested in doing business, they can actually get into the business world by understanding the businesses around them and find relevant services those businesses need and build skills and capacities to provide services for those industries and eventually become entrepreneurs”.