Effective Communication in life and in the world of work is one of the critical factors for productivity and career success. In fact, any individual that cannot succinctly express himself or herself would inhibit his/her progress in the workplace.
After learning about the Realities of the Labour Market, Personality Types and Emotional Intelligence, it was very important to expose the ReadySetWork students to the art and practice of effective communication last Saturday.
Oba Olalekan, an RSW facilitator in UNILAG while teaching explained that communication is the transmission of information and feelings from one person to another in a way that the receiver understands the intention of the sender. “It is more than what you say; you have to know that non-verbal communication is as important as verbal or written communication. They all have their place.”
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh was also at the UNILAG centre to interact with the students. He took time out to appreciate the facilitators for volunteering their time and expertise to train and mentor the students while advising the participants to make the best of the opportunity.
He went on a tour of the classes, listening to students as they narrated experiences in the programme. One student said: “I only knew about Intelligence Quotient (IQ) before ReadySetWork; learning about Emotional Quotient (EQ) has energized me for the world of work – and we are only in Week 4 of the programme!”
Across the 3 centres, the Global Challenge is fast becoming one of the high points of the day for the students and facilitators as well. The challenge is a component of the RSW programme that tests students on their knowledge of current happenings across the world.
At the end of Week 4, students learnt that communication has to be clear, complete, correct and concise. Also communication without words takes place through signs and symbols, body language, appearance and hygiene.
The ReadySetWork programme which will run for another 9 weeks is an initiative of the Ministry of Education with significant partnership from the private sector.