The German International Development Agency (GIZ), in partnership with the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has embarked on a student-career development programme aimed at equipping final year students with requisite soft skills for a successful career.
The professional advancement programme themed ‘Critical Coaching and Career Guidance Support Project’ is intended to assist over one hundred (100) students to strategically position themselves for the world of work and expose them to emerging career opportunities.
Speaking at the launch of the project, the Head of the Department of Business Administration, Dr. Ernest Mensah Abraham, expressed his gratitude to the GIZ for the initiative and for selecting UPSA as beneficiary of this laudable project.
Mr Abraham said that through education, knowledge, skills and strong mental abilities, one can gain a competitive edge and excel in the world of work.
The facilitator/consultant for the training programme, Mr. Emmanuel Woyome, took the students through some interactive sessions including preparing for work after university education.
Mr Woyome shed some light on the need for students to understand their career paths and the need to plan ahead while leveraging on other opportunities that come their way.
He noted that self-knowledge or self-discovery, awareness of the world of work and knowledge of educational opportunities (knowledge on what to study) are three vital ingredients that are essential for career planning.
Participants were also taken through important tips on how to build a career brand, with the faciliator emphasizing that for one to build a lasting brand, he or she must build credible character and be equipped with basic communication tools, and be able to write an excellent CV and a cover letter.
Leader for the Returning experts programme at GIZ, Mr. Silase Ewuntomah gave some insights into various avenues for collaboration between the Faculty of Management Studies and the GIZ through the Returning Experts programme.
He also drew the students’ attention to learning opportunities in Germany, which he said they could explore after completing their Bachelor’s degree programmes.