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Job experts admonish youths on skills to attract employers

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To become employers’ quick choice on job placement, youths have been enjoined to be on top of their game and imbibe self-management skills to be on top list. They were admonished to know that since about 500,000 youths join the labour market every year, the need to be on top of their game to “stand out” in the global employment market is important.   

This was the focus at a special training on skills for employment on career connect, tagged, “Training for Employability Skills”, organised by Global Interns in partnership with telecommunication firm, Airtel Nigeria, as one of the facilitators.

Managing Consultant at Hamilton Lloyd and Associates, Chinedu Duru, charged youths to consciously boost their employability on the social media, while being mindful of posting irrelevancies, since these posts can be checked by potential employers.  

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The two-day exercise was designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and soft skills to develop self and prepare for the workplace, especially as more employers continue to seek versatile skills from entry-level employee.   

In her welcome remarks, Principal Adviser to Global Interns, Olufunmilayo Modupe, said the organisation berthed in 2016, as a mediator agency in connecting students to internship jobs and career development opportunities.   

This, she said has broadened into offering training for soft skill with a goal to making youths versatile for today’s workplace, whilst also increasing internship and job placements.Modupe also commended Airtel Nigeria for supporting the Global Interns Training alongside its esteemed partners like HR Analytica, Hamilton & Lloyds, and FutureSoft, who were on ground to assess and engage the trainees.She further emphasised the multiple roles of professionals and organisations as nurturer, mentors, and hirers of young people in their pursuit for career and entrepreneurial success.   

During the programme, participants tapped from certified and experienced trainers on topics such as Proficiency in Digital Skills, Learn Self-Management Skills, Introduction to Analytical Skills, Communication and Reasoning Skills, Writing Resume and Q & As.  

The enthusiastic trainees also broke out after class into mini sessions with the experts for assessments and advice. Aramide Oni and Eton Angela, both students of the Bells University Ota, Ogun State, commended the organisers of the training for the invaluable knowledge impacted in them. Another participant, McJustice Charles, said the training also equipped him with the power of goal setting.

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