The Basic Employability Workshop was a huge success, it was organized by the Barack Obama American Corner in collaboration with the YALI Network & BI Solutions Nigeria for Fresh Graduates, NYSC Members and Unemployed Youths and was held on May 23rd, 2016. The workshop commenced with registration at exactly 8:00am at the Barack Obama American Corner, 29 Gafar Animashaun Street,Victoria Island, Lagos.
We had interesting Sessions with our facilitators on what it takes to properly plan your Career, What It means to be Employable, What Employers Want and a little exposition on Social Media engagement in job and career quest.
Participants were educated and motivated, while taken personal decisions to implement what they have learnt and use the acquired knowledge positively to equip themselves for a fruitful and more engaging job and career hunt.
Facilitators at the YALI Network Basic Employability Program included:
Mrs. Tokunbo Fasoro who spoke on Career Planning. She emphasized that Career planning is a process of, thinking about your interests, values, skills and preferences; exploring work and learning options available to you; ensuring that your work fits with your personal circumstances and you end up doing what you are happy doing for the rest of your life. She broke it down into 5 steps
1 Knowing your self 2.Finding out 3.Narrow down your choices 4.Setting goals 5.Taking action
Mrs. Lois Ekeleme who spoke on What it means to be Employable (Focusing on the Individual). She had an interactive session with participant at the workshop and addressed the need to be flexible in working patterns and the need to possess a set of ‘transferable skills’ – skills that are not specific to one particular career path but are generic across all employment sectors.
Miss Tosin Adekanmbi who spoke on Skills Employers Want (Focusing on the Employers). She outlined the skills Employers are Looking For and stated that Employers are often looking for skills that go beyond qualifications and experience. She emphasized that while your education and experience may make you eligible to apply for a job, to be successful in the role you will need to exhibit a mix of skills: ‘employability skills’. She said For employers, getting the right people means identifying people with the right skills and qualities to fulfill the role and contribute to the organisation’s success. Candidates may have the qualifications and ‘hard skills’ needed to be able to manage the job role but, without a well-honed set of ‘soft skills’, employers are less inclined to hire. In times of high unemployment, employers have more choice of applicants and will favour those with well-rounded employability skills.
Then there was a little highlight on Social Media Brand Reputation and how it affects our Job opportunities.
Many thanks to Lois Ekeleme (The Coordinator of the Barack Obama American Corner, Victoria Island, Lagos) for hosting us, Mrs Tokunbo Fasoro & Miss Tosin Adekanmbi of BI Solutions Nigeria for facilitating the programme and ensuring the event was a resounding success and also to members of the YALI Network particularly members that traveled from Edo, Osun and Oyo States to be a part of the event.
To everyone out there that showed support – you are all AWESOME.
The BiEmpowerment Team