Covenant, Lead360 to explore Collaboration on Career Centre
Covenant University and Lead360 Nigeria, a firm that partners with universities in Africa to help students transform their education and aspirations into meaningful work, have deliberated on the possibility of setting up a career centre in the University.
Making a presentation on the proposal to develop a career centre to the Management of Covenant on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, the Country Director, Lead360 Nigeria, Mr. Femi Iromini, said that having identified the challenges plaguing universities in Nigeria, especially the country’s noticeable absence in the league of nations producing most employable graduates, it became imperative to address the issue.
Of all public and private universities in Nigeria, he claimed, none has a career centre, and it will be good for Covenant University to set the pace by giving its support to the setting up of a career centre.
Speaking on the choice of Covenant University, Mr. Iromini, who described himself as a firm believer in the University’s vision of being among the top 10 universities in the world by the year 2022, said that the University has continued to set the pace for Africa through its numerous accomplishments, typified by awards like the 2017 Best Private University in Nigeria and the Most Employable University in Nigeria.
He posited that over the next decade, universities would not be ranked based on research and graduates rate but on the employability of their graduates, such that schools that prioritise early student career services will have high graduate employability and successful alumni.
The core services of the proposed career centre, he explained, are career coaching and advisory, internships/job placement, publicity, and career outcomes. The career centre could be onsite and also virtual, and students are to subscribe for the services.
In their comments, the Director, African Leadership Development Centre, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo, Director, Academic Planning Unit, Dr. Olawande Daramola, and Director, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Dr. Jonathan Adedayo, were unanimous that the University would not be able to allow wholesale what Lead360 was proposing as the University currently offers some of the services. They, however, agreed that both the University and Lead360 can team up in other areas.
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, in his remarks, confirmed the University would not be accepting Lead360’s proposal in totality, but urged the company to collaborate with the University.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, the University already has a Data Analytic Centre, which has been used to identify where its best students are coming from. Lead360, he said, should consider looking at the career mentorship not just for Covenant University’s present students, but for the future Covenant students so that the students would be guided right from High School and not when they get to the University.
Professor Atayero expressed enthusiasm that the partnership between Covenant and Lead360 will evolve, and also gave directive that a team comprised of representatives of both organisations be set up to take the discussions forward.
Also present at the meeting were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chiendu; Acting Registrar, Mrs. Mary Aboyade; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole; and representative of the Counseling Unit, Mrs. Shola Coker.