The Catholic Institute of Business and Technology (CIBT) has held a one-day career guidance programme for students aimed at addressing some of the unemployment and skills challenges that Ghana and Africa face.
The event, which was organised in partnership with GIZ, a German development agency, formed part of the organisation’s initiative to improve the employability skills of students, graduates and the youth as a whole.
Some members of academia and industry players took students through various topics including; sustainability, skills and career development.
The event was held in Accra on the theme: “Creating a Sustainable Future Through Effective Career Guidance Choices.”
The Chief Executive of the Aspire-Plus Limited, an HR practice based in Accra, Beatrice Bridget Ofei, encouraged students to constantly make themselves aware of the changing demands of the business market and the world as a whole.
This, she said, meant they should strive to be adaptable and quick to change when there was demand for it.
Mrs Ofei further advised the students to remain resilient and stay focused on skills that would give them a competitive advantage in the business realm and on the job market.
An external advisor to the European Union H2020 Negative Emissions (NEGEM) project, Pauline Anaman, encouraged the students to have a purpose in life which entailed everything they wanted to achieve.
She said doing that would enable them navigate around a lot of career challenges as they progressed in life.
“If you are clueless, you will finish school with first-class and still suffer and would not get a job.
“If you are able to discover your purpose, you would be able to see opportunities and connect the dots,” she iterated.
The role of Education
A former lecturer of Engineering, Computer Science and Education at the University of Ulster in the United Kingdom, Professor James Uhomoibhi, for his part, stressed the need for quality education as a vehicle to drive economic change.
He said education was the key to equipping the youth of a country with the necessary skills needed to transform their lives, adopt new technologies and innovations.
Citing the economic successes of Singapore as an example, he said it dedicated about 20 per cent of its budget to education, keeping its educational sector abreast of the ever-changing nature times to adapt to modern technologies and develop their nation.