The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh has challenged the 5000 beneficiaries of the ReadySetWork, 13-week training programme not to give room for excuses on their path to career success. He said this during the Meet-A-Mentor Session, week 2 of the programme at Lagos State University.
In his presentation to the students, he said; “Your generation has no excuse to fail, you have access to information than any generation before you. Just one click on the internet you can learn anything about nearly everything happening anywhere in the world, so you don’t have any excuse.”
In UNILAG Centre, another mentor, the Managing Director of the Rack Centre, Mr. Ayotunde Coker, while speaking to the students in the morning session emphasized the importance of self-discovery and self-development saying it was a critical component of success. “Getting a University degree is just the foundation. You need to develop clear career and life goals, a culture of continuous learning and personal development to excel in life. You need to know when to reinvent yourself!” Mr Coker added.
Across the 3 centres, the topic of focus for the week was Self-exploration and Emotional Intelligence. Mr. Bank-Olemoh who dutifully went to all the 24 classes in the LASU centre stressed that the day’s lessons were some of the most important in the programme. “No one can succeed in the world of work without Emotional Intelligence and your emotional Intelligence is directly connected to your self-awareness. You need to know yourself to relate well with others.” He said this in one of the classes.
Classes were quite intense and very engaging last Saturday. Faculty members guided the students through the various personality traits and how suitable each one is to various occupations. Students through their groups carried out various activities including role-playing to further internalize the lessons. No doubt, the facilitators found the class very interesting too as they needed reminders to take the compulsory breaks during the training.
We really look forward to interesting sessions ahead.