Youth employability enhancement at the LASU career fair 2019

(L-R:Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University, Professor Lanre Fagbohun, Lagos State Commissioner of Education, Mrs folashade Adefisayo) 

The Lagos State Career Development Centre (LCDC) in collaboration with the LASU Alumni Association held the maiden edition of the LASU career fair 2019 at the Lagos State University Main Auditorium on 10th-12th September, 2019.

The LASU Career fair 2019 with the theme: Employability enhancement for career development in a dynamic labour market was officially opened by the Vice-Chancellor of the institution Professor Lanre Fagbohun. This was followed by a keynote address by the Lagos State Commissioner of Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, who emphasized the importance of quality education and skill training as key to enhancing youth employability in a dynamic labour market.

(Vice-Chancellor,Lagos State University, Prof Lanre Fagbohun) 

Mrs Adefisoye, who chaired the occasion, was generous in her praise for the University and it’s sustained stay at the top of the ranking as the best state university in the country.

She congratulated the University for organizing the programme, the first of its kind, highlighting some of it’s benefits to the institution, the participating firms and students.

“This is indeed a great event that will change the lives of many and raise the rating of this institution. I will therefore implore all participants – the Students and Alumni to make the best use of this opportunity availed them.” She said.

In her opening remarks, coordinator of the LASU Lagos State Career Development Centre (LCDC) Dr. Igot Ofem, expressed great enthusiasm towards the commencement of the maiden edition. She reiterated that the LASU Career Fair, an initiative of the LASU Career Development Centre is aimed at empowering youths to become valuable assets in the workforce in an ever changing labour market.

The three day event featured an employability skills workshop in the first two days and a career fair on the last day. The employability workshop included different sessions facilitated by experienced academics, seasoned professionals and successful entrepreneurs from diverse fields sharing their wealth of knowledge with the teeming youths.

(Cross section of key resource persons and speakers at the career fair)

Delivering the first in the series of the sessions on day one of the workshop, Dr. Ahunanya Stella, Director of Education, Ministry of Defence enumerated powerful strategies to becoming career smart in the 21st century labour market. This was followed by sessions in personal branding and emotional intelligence.

Day two of the workshop was marked by different presentations by seasoned professionals beginning with a highly engaging delivery by Mrs Ngozi Eneh Ojo, a brand communications professional. In her delivery titled, Career Fundamentals: Effective Communication in the 21st Century Workplace, Mrs Ngozi Eneh Ojo  described the modern workplace as a digital workplace marked by modern communication channels. She buttressed the importance of effective communication in the workplace, outlining the basic communication components and modern tools crucial to communicating effectively in the modern workplace. The youths were further treated to a short interview role play courtesy of the innovative HR consulting firm Kimberly Ryan.

Other resource persons at the three day event are: Mr. Akinloye Oladapo, COO Emerald Zone; Prof. Chiso Ndukwe-Okafor; CEO Sources Resources Logistics Consulting, Mr. Tim Akano; MD/CEO, New Horizon Computer Learning Centre, Ms Favour Modupe Ben; Digital Marketing Expert, Mr. Ikeh Prince Jideofor; CEO/Founder, Jimatek Ltd. Mr. Ogungbo Moruf Olawale; Educator/ Trainer, Dr Layo Abiola; Lecturer and Lead Consultant, Mrs. Norena Francis; Human Resource Manager and Ms. Doyin Odunsi; HR Consultant, Kimberly Ryan.

 

 

The high point of the three day event which included a career fair on the last day was the presentation of awards to the resource persons by the Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University and Coordinator of the LASU career development centre, Dr Igot Ofem.

The LASU Career fair 2019 is an initiative of the LASU Career development centre LCDC in collaboration with LASU Alumni association. The theme of the 2019 edition is “Employability enhancement for career advancement in a dynamic labour market.

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