The Business House Junior Common Room (BHJCR) of the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), held a ‘career move’ conference on 3rd March, 2017 at the R.S Amegashe Auditorium. The conference, aimed at equipping students with the necessary knowledge for the job market and career guidance, saw five industry experts in career consultancy, communication and motivation present to the students. Speakers at the conference included Mrs. Seyram Amakpah-Azasu, Mr. Kofi Blankson, Pastor Daniel Agbesi, Mr. Kingsford Appiah and Mr. Wisdom Nunya.
Speaking on the topic ‘Effective Communication Skills and Personal Branding’, Mrs. Amakpah-Azasu, senior investment promotion officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, asserted that one’s outlook communicates a lot to the public; it identifies and markets a persona. According to her, clarity, concision and accuracy are key features in communications. She therefore emphasised that effective communication should be devoid of ambiguity, biases, assumptions, verbosity, prejudice and close mindedness.
Mr. Blankson Head of Programme and Change Management (Standard Chartered Bank), presented on the ‘Art of Leadership’ indicating that a leader should be a creative mentor, a motivating personality with the capabilities of identifying and developing others. He emphasised that students aspiring for leadership positions must be visionaries and focused.
The students were taken through a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) writing and Interviewing Skills by Mr. Wisdom Nunya. He mentioned that the CV is a summary of a person’s background, qualification and an essential tool in job hunting that brand a person. He advised students to exhibit positive attitude towards questions posed to them during an interview and it is a plus to know the background of the organisation you are applying.
The presentation continued with Pastor Daniel Agbesi and Mr. Kingsford Appiah speaking on Emotional Intelligence and Job Market respectively. Pastor Agbesi took participants through how to blend emotions with profession. He mentioned that students should be able to adjust themselves into the environment devoid of beliefs or emotions.
Mr. Appiah gave students guidelines to secure employment in the job market, and entreated them to engage more in volunteer internship to gain the practical knowledge of what they study and the confidence to apply what they have been equipped with.
In conclusion Mr. Appiah encouraged students to build on their personalities and be innovative so that they can be more productive in the field of work.
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