Saturday, 11th August 2018 was another exciting time of learning and capacity development as ReadySetWork 3.0 entered Week 5!
The momentum of the programme is steadily increasing and students are getting more engrossed in the life-changing lessons shared by experienced and very enthusiastic volunteer-faculty members.
Last week, we had two distinguished guests for our Meet-a-Mentor sessions. In Lagos State University, (LASU), we were privileged to have the Country Operations Partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Nigeria, Mr. Pedro Omontuemhen, who shared profound insights from his experience as it relates to career development and the world of work.
Mr. Omontuemhen spoke on “Finding Your Passion and Purpose” saying that self belief, continuous learning, growth and self-developing as well as identifying and following good mentors are crucial factors to career success. Emphasizing the importance and place of clarity, he said to the students; “Develop clear goals for yourself, be clear about where you are going, when opportunities come knocking, you will be best positioned to seize it.”
At the University of Lagos (UNILAG) centre, our RSW mentor Dr. Nkechi Olalere, a Medical Doctor and Strategic Adviser for the Rwanda Social Security Board inspired the participants with her story , narrating how she rose above numerous challenges in her career.
In her words: “I charted new courses in order to stand out and bring something new to my TV Show. I reinvented myself to help promote the Public Health Sector. I decided to be distinct and set myself apart!”
As learnt on Saturday, there are three important things to note about presentation skills amongst other imperatives:
- Determination of the goal and purpose of your presentation, understand your audience.
- Paying attention to the core process; preparation, delivery and review.
- Practice! Practice!! Practice!!!
No doubt the lessons of the day brought out the best in the students as they practised their “Presentation Skills”. They had to interpret hypothetical scenarios presented to them by their facilitators that required different approaches and styles of communication. They practiced individually and as group members.
This year’s cohort includes students from Lagos State University (LASU), Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Lagos State College of Health Technology (LASCOHET), AdeniranOgunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED), University of Lagos (UNILAG), Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) and a private institution, CALEB University.
The ReadySetWork programme which will run for another 8 weeks is an initiative of the Ministry of Education with significant partnership from the private sector.