Fifteen young university graduates have benefitted from training in auditing, taxation and communications in a programme organised by a multinational audit and financial advisory firm, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, popularly known as Deloitte.
The three-month training exercise was under a programmme dubbed, ‘Young Professionals Training Scholarship.”
Speaking at the closing of the training exercise, an Associate Director of the Business Process Solution Unit of Deloitte, Mr Kwabena Antwi Situ, said the programme was to prepare the participants for the world of work.
“The focus of this programme was to put the graduates in a proper work setting, give them relevant first-hand experience so that they become readily employable after the training,” he explained.
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He said the country was currently producing large numbers of graduates, of which majority completed their programmes only to stay at home for a long time.
“We then thought it wise to train these young professionals, develop their soft skills which would make employing them easy,” he said.
He asked the general graduate population to appreciate that the competition was fierce and, therefore, what would put them ahead of others was to develop their soft skills.
“Young people should look forward to paying attention to the little details, be honest, more objective in their approach and think outside the box, he further advised.
A senior manager of the Ghana Talent and Transformation Department at Deloitte, Mrs Grace Aku Avoke-Nyame, in a remark said the programme was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility and was focused on instilling confidence in young people.
“Deloitte prides itself on making an impact on society, particularly the business industry, by imparting in young people the confidence and skills for them to thrive wherever they may find themselves,” she stressed.
Advising the young graduates on the life ahead, Mrs Avoke-Nyame asked them to avoid putting “all their eggs in one basket” and look for jobs in as many places as possible.
She further advised that job seekers must ensure that they were interested in the jobs they applied for, adding that passion for the work was what would sustain them in their work.
“In terms of CV development, young graduates must also ensure that their CVs are tailored towards what they are applying for,” she advised.
For instance she said, if a job applicant had a background in accounting and was applying for a job as a finance assistant, then the applicant’s experiences in that role must be hammered on, instead of just stating the ability to perform in that role.