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Medtronic BU Lead, SSA, Emmanuel Seyram (left); Managing Director, Resource Intermediaries Limited (Nigeria, Ghana), Soji Oyawoye, Soji Oyawoye; Country Manager, Jumia, Ghana, Kayode Adeyinka; Convener, Career Brainstorming Session, Miriam Badu; General Manager, North & West Africa, Procter & Gamble Personal Care), Dupe Akinsiun; Managing Director, BeCausative, Bisi Soji-Oyawoye, and Key Accounts Manager, AstraZeneca, Morris Nyarko, a cross-section of speakers at the Career Brainstorming Session in Accra recently.

The Career Brainstorming Session (CBS), an initiative established to address employment challenges for young graduates, has empowered young professionals with job skills in their pursuit of career excellence.

At a career brainstorming session held recently in Accra, Ghana, conveners of the event, Dupe Akinsiun, a seasoned human resource professional and John Maxwell, a certified Coach, Trainer and Speaker, said CBS is an initiative established to address employment challenges.

They explained that the initiative ranges from unemployment to maximising employment and career advancement opportunities, faced by aspiring and actual professionals in Africa and the rest of the world.

The programme, according to them, is designed to feature accomplished career professionals and business owners, who share useful information with participants while fostering an engagement ecosystem that allows participants ask burning questions that address challenges they face in their career pursuits.

They said: “We understand that a huge percentage of young graduates in Africa find it hard to get jobs, hence the CBS seeks to ensure that they are equipped with the necessary information and resources to know how to be the right fit for the available jobs.

“While unemployment is a huge challenge, a bigger challenge we have identified is unemployability even among those currently employed.

“This is usually revealed when employees get involuntarily disengaged from their jobs especially during economic changes like recessions and acquisitions among others, which leave these individuals unemployed.”

Therefore, CBS hopes to provide a formidable mentoring platform for career professionals, one that builds them while they in turn build organisations and the nations as a whole.

They added that the CBS, which began in Lagos since 2017, with multiple sessions in Lagos, and now expanded to Accra, Ghana, also plans to expand to other African nations in the New Year.


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