Covenant Students Advised to Develop Relevant Skills
A graduate of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Covenant University, Engr. Kolawole Osafehinti, has advised students of the Department not to wait until graduation before they start developing themselves, even beyond their areas of core competence.
He gave this advice while making a presentation on a paper titled, ‘A 3-Dimensional Look at Life: Post-University’, at a recent Town and Gown Seminar of the Chemical Engineering Department, where he was the Guest Speaker.
According to Engr. Osafehinti, “Times change very fast, and it takes self-development to remain relevant. You need to develop a wide range of skills to remain relevant. Look at other areas you can do something and add to what you are already doing.”
The guest speaker, who is the President/CEO, Lime Associates, Lagos, asked the students to develop personal goals and create a picture of the future they want to see. He asked them to develop personal principles for their lives, which would make them more valuable. “Make a commitment to be the best at what you do, set your bars high and develop a commitment to excellence. Don’t be only focused on yourself, think about the good of all. Be persistent and never give up,” he said.
Urging the students to understand where they are at every point in time, Engr. Osafehinti said that would help them know what is expected of them, help them make plans that will aid their career ambition, to understand where they are going and what it will take to get there, by way of trainings and certifications.
The CU alumnus also encouraged the students to align themselves spiritually. “Alignment with God is the secret to a fulfilled life. Don’t be a hypocrite, practice what you preach. If what you are doing is something you cannot use to motivate other people, then you need to stop doing it. Develop wholesome relationships that support; a friend in need is a friend indeed,” he added.
In his remarks earlier, the Head, Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Vincent Efeovbokhan, appreciated the Guest Speaker and members of his Department, and implored the students to pay attention to the day’s lecture as insightsgained from the presentation could make a huge difference in their lives and career.
“Make friends with God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost, you will never lack ideas. Engineers are analytical in thinking that’s why they are able to create solutions. I encourage you to try to develop ideas to logical conclusions, which would benefit the society,” he stated.
Also, one of the erudite scholars in the department, Professor Ambrose Anozie, in his comments, disclosed that the Guest Speaker of the day was his former student and the best student in his course. “He has a great ability to analyze problems and bring out solutions. He has handled many projects. We are hoping that this seminar will open the eyes of the students to see the great potentials of a Chemical Engineer,” he said.