The Business House Junior Common Room (BHJCR) of UGBS on Wednesday 27th September, 2017, organised a corporate mentorship seminar for students at the Executive Hall. The seminar forms part of a series of activities earmarked to commemorate the school’s Corporate and Business Festival.
The UGBS Corporate and Business Festival will be celebrated annually with the aim of building networks with the corporate world. It also doubles as a platform to enable students interact with active players in industry to gain practical knowledge needed on the job market. The maiden edition was attended by several UGBS alumni to interact with students.
During the session, Papa Yaw Ohene-Konadu, a former BHJCR president, who is the Executive Director of Financial and Management Consults spoke on the need for students to research and identify what employers need before going for any job interview. This, he explained, will assist them to prepare adequately. He added that students must check for new trends and know how to always be on top of issues. He encouraged students not to be scared to make mistakes. He also advised them to have an online presence and leverage the internet to acquire knowledge.
Eno Quagraine, Creative Director at Tiny Toes Events Ltd, speaking from an entrepreneurial point of view reiterated the need for students to be passionate about what they do. She told them to be original and invest in themselves. Eno intimated that one tool that helped her business become successful was social media. “Do not go into something because it looks glamorous. It is your business and you have the sole responsibility of making it work. This can only be achieved through hard work and consistency,” she explained.
Wisdom Larweh, Assistant Secretary General of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference told the students about the importance of respect and the ability to sustain relationships in the growth and development of a business. He further added that legal and ethical considerations must be recognised; and urged students to keep records. Wisdom added that there is the need to gather information about industries and specific firms that students aspire to be in.
Other speakers were Nene Amoako-Attah, Executive Director of the DEAL Company, Austin Kobbina, Products Manager at Fidelity Bank, and Kwei Quaye-Foli, Chief Executive Officer at Sci-Fi web Technologies. Students who participated in the seminar expressed their joy and appreciation to school and said more of such programmes should be organised.
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