The Main auditorium of Lagos State University, (LASU) Ojo came alive with so much energy last Saturday September 30, 2017 as ReadySetWork 2.0 had its RSW Internship fair. It was the 12th week of the programme and about 2000 RSW students from the 6 participating institutions have all converged in LASU for one of the RSW capstone event already labeled the largest Internship fair in Nigeria.
The auditorium was filled to capacity by management staff of participating schools, the RSW faculty, representatives of corporate organizations and of course the RSW Students who were dressed up in smart suits and corporate wears obviously aware of the reality – That their chance to land an internship offer from RSW the organizations was completely in their hands.
Over 80 organizations including PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), SystemSpecs, Total, FCMB to mention just a few were present at the Fair to interview and select RSW interns. The goal revealed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh is to place 1000 graduates in 6-month paid internship with various organizations in Lagos State.
Starting off the day’s activities with an opening remark was the host, the Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun who appreciated the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for the ReadySetWork initiative. He told the students not to take the opportunity lightly. In his words, “I want to let you know that we believe in you, Lagos State Government believes in you.”
Next was The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, who called up stage the members of the RSW faculty. He expressed his appreciation to the facilitators who have sacrificed their Saturdays to invest in the lives of students voluntarily without any form of remuneration. He encouraged everyone to appreciate them with a standing ovation dancing and waving to the music provided by the standby DJ for the event. “RSW 2.0 could not have been a success without the tireless commitment of all our facilitators and monitors who showed up every week.” He said.
In his presentation to the students, Mr. Bank-Olemoh admonished the RSW participants to be determined to make the best of the training and not accommodate in their mind any excuse to fail. Showing stories of successful men in the world who have failed at some point, Mr. Bank-Olemoh told the students to learn to fail forward rather than giving up. He said “If you develop the right skills and attitude, no matter where you are, you will excel.”
After the talk, students took turns to be interviewed by the different organizations present. Some of the students had the opportunity to be interviewed by at least 3 organizations present. Some others even interviewed with more.
While the Internship Fair progressed, students who made it to the final stage of the RSW Business Pitch Competition had a separate session to practice and perfect their game ahead of the Pitch competition Grand finale scheduled to hold this week end.
The day eventually wrapped up with students giving feedback on their interview sessions with the organizations and what their expectations were after being interviewed.
As it is said, everything that has a beginning surely has an end, RSW 2.0 is in its final. We can’t wait to witness final show down – the RSW Business Pitch Competition, grand finally.
Follow us on all our social media platforms for updates and more info.
Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @ReadySetWorkNg