ReadySetWork resumed on Saturday 29th July 2017 across the three campuses; Lagos State University (LASU), Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) and University of Lagos (UNILAG) respectively.
The Meet-A-Mentor session was impressively loaded last week.
At UNILAG, the Honorable Commissioner for Finance, Economic Planning & Budget, Lagos State – Mr. Akinyemi Ashade, FCA. said: ”Relevant skills are necessary but you need to regularly invest in yourself. You need to consult, no man is an island, you must appreciate the diverse set of people around you in the work place.”
Concurrently, the Special Adviser on Urban Development in Lagos State, Mrs. Yetunde Onabule engaged the students in LASU. In her presentation, she stressed the need for students to develop soft skills saying that it is very critical to their career success in the world of work. She reiterated that students need to learn how to speak clearly and politely to people. She later listed other necessary skills like good sense of responsibility, Self-management, Teamwork and Time Management among others. Also present at LASU was the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh who advised students to be problem-solvers. In his words, “If you are a problem-solver, you can’t be poor”. He also graciously gave a reward to the student who got the correct answer for the week’s Global Challenge.
While in LASPOTECH RSW students welcomed the Chairman of Aluko & Oyebode, Mr Gbenga Oyebode who started his talk by emphasizing the need for students to be aware of global trends and current affairs taking a cue from the Global Challenge which is a component of the RSW programme for student to improve their global awareness. He then delivered his presentation titled: “Seeing Change as an Opportunity to Improve Your Life”., ““If you do not like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” He stressed.”.. He later stressed the importance of mentorship saying it is about following the right person and trying to be like the right person.
These mentors surely prepared the minds of the students for a great day; informed and motivated they moved into their various classes. The day’s lesson was about “Life Skills in the Workplace” which was the over-arching theme for sub-topics like Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, and Goal Setting Skills among others.
Overtime, many graduates have been subsumed with the idea of completing their tertiary education with the highest grade point possible – which is a great thing by itself. However, when they are confronted by the fast-paced demands and the realities of the 21st Century workplace, there is usually a rude awakening.
Week 4 focused on the importance and development of soft skills to complement technical skills. Many in the workplace are not cognizant of how much their attitude affects the appraisal of their aptitudes. Thus their productivity is somewhat stifled by this lack of awareness.
In today’s corporate world, employers are looking for troubleshooters, people who can own a process and proffer solutions on their feet. They don’t just want intelligent people but intuitive people who have a sense of responsibility.
Watch this space as we continue with the learning from the ReadySetWork Classes next week.
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