After one week off training due to the Eid el Kabir celebration, students were excited to resume classes for the 9th week of the ongoing ReadySetWork 2.0. Students in their hundreds as well as the facilitators arrived the training centres ready for the day’s activities.
As usual the day kicked off with the dose of inspiration in the Meet-A-Mentor sessions.
Mr. Akinyemi Ashade, Honourable Commissioner for Finance, Lagos State was at Lagos State University (LASU) and spoke to the students on the topic “SEE CHANGE AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE”. Telling the story of significant changes he made in his career path, Mr Ashade emphasised the importance of having the right attitude in life. He stressed that a balanced combination of our technical and professional competence (aptitude) and our attitude to life ultimately determines our altitude in life.
“Building a solid and supportive relationship is an investment and takes time.” These were the words of The Special Adviser to the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Oversees affairs and Investments, Prof. Ademola Abass who was the guest at UNILAG centre. Speaking on the topic; “Building Supportive Relationships and Networks”, Prof. Abass admonished the students to be intentional in building career shaping relationships and networks – “Your most important assets in networking are initiative, confidence and reputation.” he stressed.
The experience of students at Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) last Saturday was different as the centre hosted in the Meet-A-Mentor session the winners of RSW 2016 Business Pitching competition – The BIOGAS team; Olufemi Saromi and Samuel Dada. They shared the story of their journey through ReadySetWork 2016 and how it changed their lives. Students could really engage the speakers as they could relate with them more easily.
They acknowledged that ReadySetWork restored their confidence in the Lagos State Government. “ReadySetWork restored our belief in the Lagos State Government” – they stated.
As the speaker at LASU wrapped up his Pep talk, The Special Adviser to Governor on Education, Lagos State, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh gave a brief remark. He said; “There is no idea that cannot work. No idea is impossible”
Activities kicked off in the classes with some students getting feedbacks from their facilitators about the mock interviews that held at the last training day. While other students interested in the pitch competition started preliminary phase, pitching their business ideas before the panel.
The day eventually wrapped up with more lessons on goal-setting with more emphasis on goal achievement. It was stressed that the important aspect of goal-setting process is the attainment of the set goals. One of the facilitators stressed that “If you write them down on a piece of paper, then put that paper away and never do anything more, you’ve wasted your time. Instead, you have to take action to achieve them.”
As we gradually draw close to the end of the training programme, we are sure the coming weeks will be filled with activities especially with the RSW Job Fair and Pitch Competition coming up.
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