May 28, 2024

Experts, young professionals brainstorm future of work at GRAMA Conference 2024

Experts, young professionals brainstorm future of work at GRAMA Conference 2024

By Miftaudeen Raji

…as Muslims youths charged to prioritize skills, internships

Industry experts have charged young Muslim professionals to brace up for the future of work, where skill set and knowledge will be extremely important to remain relevant in the job market.

This was the crux of the conversation when the Graduate Members’ Association (GRAMA), an organ of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), hosted its Annual Conference 2024 at the Tayo Aderinokun Hall, University of Lagos. 

The event, themed “The Future of Work: Adapting to Changing Landscape,” aimed to equip young professionals and students with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in the modern workspace.

Keynote speaker, Dimeji Salaudeen, Partner and Head of Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare at KPMG, emphasized the importance of developing soft skills and competency levels to prepare for the future of work. 

Salaudeen noted that the soft skills toolkits that are essential for the future of work include: emotional intelligence; adaptability and flexibility; Analytical thinking and problem solving; creativity and innovation; Communication skills; Collaboration and teamwork; Leadership and influence; time management and organisation.

He added that the competency toolkits that are imperative for the future of work include: digital literacy and; proficiency; data analysis and interpretation; AI and big data and cybersecurity.

The Amir (President), MSSN Lagos, Kamaldeen Abiona,  highlighted the significance of partnering with government and organizations to enhance youth employability.

Abiona noted that MSSN Lagos is not resting on its oars to organize more impactful programs for young professionals.

He said, “We are committed to empowering young professionals and students to succeed in the future job market.

“We will continue to organize events and programs that provide opportunities for growth and development,” he added.

In his address, President of GRAMA, Abdulkabeer Kuye noted that theme, “The Future of Work: Adapting to a Changing Landscape,” could not be more timely or relevant. 

He said, “As we stand at the crossroads of unprecedented technological advancement and evolving global dynamics, it is imperative that we, as graduates and future leaders, equip ourselves with the skills and mindset needed to navigate and thrive in this new era. 

“Our collective effort must focus on continuous learning, embracing innovation, and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit to ensure that we not only adapt but lead in shaping the future of work.”

Kuye urged youth to seize this moment as an opportunity to become proactive architects of their careers, investing in their education, staying abreast of technological trends, and developing skills that are resilient to the fast-paced changes in the job market. 

According to him, the government and all stakeholders’ role in creating an enabling environment cannot be overstated. 

“We call upon you to prioritize policies that support education reform, infrastructure development, and digital literacy programs. 

“Together, by taking decisive action now, we can build a future where every individual has the opportunity to succeed and where our nation stands strong in the global economy. Let us commit to this journey with determination and faith, ensuring that our efforts today pave the way for a prosperous tomorrow,” he said.

The conference also featured panel sessions on empowering Muslim professionals, navigating challenges, and mental wellness at work.