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Students Need Exposure To Job Market To Stem Graduate Unemployment

2011-06-22 21:38:18
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Lack of practical exposure and the inability of many graduates to market themselves through their curriculum vitae (CV) have been identified as some of the factors contributing immensely to graduate unemployment in the country.

In the present situation, less than ten per cent of students who graduate from the country’s universities and polytechnics are able to get jobs in the formal sector annually.

A Chartered Accountant and Manager at the Bank of Ghana, Mr Abubakari Lawal, stated this at a prudent financial management and orientation seminar for final-year students of the Tamale Polytechnic in Tamale.

The seminar was aimed at inculcating the knowledge of financial management into the final-year students, as well as educate them on the realities of life after school to make them ready for the job market.

It was organised by ‘The Investor’, a leading financial management and career development organisation based in Tamale.

Mr Lawal observed that the difference between many graduates in the country and their counterparts from the developed countries was the inability of the former to get enough practical exposure while in school thereby resulting in many of them not being able to assert themselves on the job market.

He asked the students to be disciplined and obedient, adding that no organisation would like to recruit somebody who had been known as a ring leader of demonstrations while on campus.

After the presentation, the students thanked Mr Lawal and his team for considering them for such education.

They, however, said they needed more education on the needs of the employer, preparing a good CV and how to prepare for an interview.

The Chief Executive Officer of ‘The Investor’, Madam Siita Sofo Hissan, promised to respond to their needs by organising another seminar next month.

She said her organisation realised the need to give adequate preparation and education to tertiary students before they entered the job market in order to increase their chances of landing jobs after school.

“The Investor has well-resourced people made up of chartered accountants, bankers and other professionals who will be able to give any kind of advice and orientation to students to make them better citizens tomorrow”, she added.

She said the organisation planned to expand their activities to cover all tertiary institutions in the country beginning this academic year.


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