Provost underscores need for innovative skill acquisition
Provost, Wavecrest College of Hospitality, Rosana Forsuelo has underscored the need for students to acquire innovative skills in their career path for excellence and future performance.
She emphasised that the future of the workplace globally lies on skill acquisition and not degrees.
Forduelo who spoke during the 20th matriculation ceremony for the 2021/2022 academic session of the college in Lagos, charged students to be competent, innovative and enterprising as they commenced their academicprogramme.
She said: “This is another matriculation occasion that marks the official entry of every student into a higher institution of learning, hence students must dream and plan their future to deliver effectively.
“I want to emphasise that the future of work globally is skills not degrees. You must value the time you spent in the classroom, laboratory and workshop. Use it to learn skills. Be competent, innovative and enterprising and use your time wisely to grow your career and achieve a balanced education; an education that becomes your intellectual, moral, ethical and professional foundation.
“The future of work will not be about college degrees; it will be about job skills. Now is the opportunity to steer those without college degrees toward successful careers and increase diversity amongst our workforce.
“Getting to know yourself and building your professional foundation is germane. You must have a sense of purpose that will spur you to learn, acquire new skills and knowledge and become competent in this college,” the provost said.
She charged the matriculating students to be law-abiding, hardworking, disciplined and remains focused in their academic pursuit so as to excel in life.
“In reaching your purpose, you must stay committed to learn how to study, be industrious and uphold ethical standards in your chosen areas, which will make you stand out in the future,” she advised.
She expressed the college’s commitment to groom the students on digital skills to enhance their innovative skills.
The provost commended the scholarship support from donors such as Elis Foundation, Italy; Wonder foundation, UK, Venn foundation and friends, for their continuous and significant roles in the college.
Earlier, the Registrar, Veronica Esode, said the education, employability and economic independence remain central at the college.
The guest lecturer, Busola Oluwasegun, an alumnus of the college, while delivering her address on ‘Hospitality education –gateway to a world of possibilities,’ enjoined students to develop both soft and hard skills to boost their professional career.