Mr Anthony Abako, Research and Programme Quality Coordinator at Norsaac has advised tertiary students to endeavour to identify their fields, and redefine their position in all spheres, not concentrating solely on academics.
He urged them to give equal attention to health, finance, relationships, family and job even as students to elevate them above usual standards and struggles after school.
He said “Look beyond classes and certificates, acquire something meaningful to distinguish yourself from others in the job world. Give yourself a purpose in school, else you will opt for just anything after school.”
He was speaking to a group of tertiary students at the Strategic Student Development Programme held in Tamale on the topic: “What I wish I Knew Before Leaving University, Lessons and Mistakes.”
The seminar, organised by SOLNetwork Mentorship Group in partnership with the Total Life Enhancement Centre, Ghana (TOLEC-Gh), was aimed at minimising drug use and abuse and mental health deficiencies resulting from unemployment by guiding students strategically to get jobs after school.
It brought together students from different tertiary institutions in Tamale to acquire knowledge on strategic development on the theme: “Hybrid Students”.
Mr Abako admonished students to network to create space for themselves saying “Networking adds up to your abilities to elevate you for opportunities.”
Mr Gabriel King Akpalu, Executive President of SOLNetwork Mentorship Group, urged students to use social media platforms to project their capabilities to prospective employers rather than flooding the platforms with fun and luxury.
He advised students to join organisations and companies during vacation to earn organisational trust before graduating.
He said “Once you’re on vacation, join a company or organisation you want to be part of after school. Serve them as an intern and let them have confidence in trusting a position to you when you complete.”
Mr Bright Charis Adonai, Chief Executive Officer of Adonai Estate said having a mentor while in school was necessary in achieving one’s dreams adding “Look for a mentor, not necessarily physically, check their track records and follow them to adjust your ways towards your goal.”
He encouraged students to enroll in part-time courses after their current education levels while working to upgrade to meet growing job demands.