Students urged to look beyond certificates

By Saheed Ibrahim


Nigerian students have been urged to have a paradigm shift by not only prioritizing university certificates but also paying attention to their passions, innate abilities, and potential.

This counsel was reiterated during a specialized lecture organized for graduating students of Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH) in Okitipupa, Nigeria, with the theme “Think Beyond School”.

The special guest, Ondo State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Pastor Segun Ayerin, represented by Adegoju Owolabi, congratulated the students and urged them to cultivate their unique gifts and talents, maintain focus, and develop personal projects they can rely on in times of need.

Ayerin advised them to be innovative problem solvers, conduct thorough research, think creatively, act decisively, and impact the world positively.

The Director General of the Ondo State Pension Commission (OSPENCOM), Babatunde Adefusi-Owate, underscored the significance of comprehending that being a graduate is merely a stepping stone and that continuous skill enhancement and lifelong learning are crucial in the contemporary job market.

He accentuated the value of becoming a specialist in one’s chosen domain and urged graduates to establish a distinct position for themselves, pursue professional career advancement, and concentrate on personal development, financial management, and maintaining a work-life balance.

Dr Adeyemi Adeyemo from the Department of Biological Sciences at OAUSTECH advised students to pursue careers that align with their interests and capabilities, highlighting the importance of offering solutions to global predicaments.

Mr. Olanrewaju Shittu, the Operations Manager of SALBA, underscored the necessity for individuals to identify their interests, motivations, and strengths to pursue a gratifying career.

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He emphasized the significance of rigorous training, coaching, continuous learning, and acquiring certifications to excel in their respective fields.

Similarly, Mr. Felix Odofin emphasized the differentiation between academics and education, urging graduating students to set explicit goals for their future and concentrate on meaningful life pursuits.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Host, Prof. Temi Ologunorisa, informed the graduating students that the OAULA Career Center would provide instruction and exposure to essential 21st-century skills, which include crafting effective CVs/resumes, mastering interview etiquette, composing impactful application/cover letters, job search strategies, proficient verbal and written communication, and adept presentation skills.

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