Interviewing – whether for a new job or a different position with your current employer – can be a nerve-racking experience. You hope that your qualifications speak for themselves, but they may not be enough to make you stand out from a pool of equally talented applicants. Getting called for an interview is an achievement in itself, since only a small proportion –about 10% of applicants are selected. However, acing the interview is the ultimate goal.
In ReadySetWork, we do not only give students the knowledge needed to excel in the world of work, we also give them the experience. So last Saturday – 26th August 2017 – being the 8th Week of ReadySetWork 2017, Student had opportunity to experience firsthand a job interview session. Across the three campuses, students dressed appropriately for job interviews took turns to present themselves before the panels with their CVs and cover letters at the RSW Mock Interviews.
As usual the day’s activity kicked off with the dose of inspiration from the RSW mentors in the Meet-A-Mentor sessions.
At the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Mrs. Onyeche Tifase, MD/CEO Siemens Nigeria, who spoke on “Habits in The Workplace” shared with the RSW participants the importance of having the right attitude at the workplace. “Habit is a character that becomes part of you, you have to be committed and dedicated to make it in life.”
“Until we learn to work together without the negative energy that divides us, we can never be a great nation”. These were the words of The Project Director at Kadick Integrated Limited, Colonel Dickson Umusu was the guest at LASU centre. Col. Umusu also addressed the RSW participants on the importance role a great habit will play their part towards the greatness of our nation – Nigeria. He admonished the students to emulate the right habits as it will always give them an edge. “Let your relationship be based on value and not on beauty.” he added.
The RSW students at Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) had the privilege to learn from Mr. Sunday Mukoro, MD, Coscharis Technologies who spoke on the topic; “The Highway of Life”. He accented that: “In the highway of life, negativity is a bad habit that hinders success”
As the speaker at UNILAG wrapped up her Pep talk, The Special Adviser to Governor on Education, Lagos State, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh gave a brief remark. He said; “Life is too short, you don’t know tomorrow make sure you close the door in a manner you can open the door. Make sure you treat people well for future purpose”
Most Students spent the larger part of the afternoon in their mock interviews, while some others fine-tuning the business models for their unique ideas and pitching them to their fellow classmates who served as judges.
There won’t any RSW classes next weekend due to the public holidays. Classes will continue the following weekend 9th of September across the three campuses with more on mock interviews and pitching.
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