Expert Advocates Employability Skills for Graduates
Employability skills which are said to be necessary for getting, keeping and doing well on a job has been recommended for all graduate employees in order to be an asset in the labour market.
Mr. Emmanuel Ilori, a Regional Sales Manager at Etisalat Nigeria, gave the recommendation recently while speaking on “Psychology and Me: Do I have what it takes for Exceptional Career in the Nigerian Market?” at a Town and Gown Seminar organised by the Department of Psychology, Covenant University, Ota.
“These skills include attitudes and actions that enable workers get along with their fellow workers and supervisors and to make sound critical decisions”, he explained.
Mr. Ilori added that employability does not only depend on whether one is able to fulfill the requirements of specific jobs but also on how one stands relative to others within a hierarchy of job seekers.
He gave a grim statistics of unemployment rate in Nigeria, which has jumped from 11.45% in 2006 to 34% in recent times and argued that this was as a result of mismatch between graduate skills and expertise required in the work place.
“The increase in the graduate unemployment rate is largely attributed to the mismatch between graduate employee skills and those skills required for performance in the modern workplace”, he opined.
The psychologist turned Sales Manager also advocated right character and loyalty for any graduate employee, noting that no employer would like to employ beautiful but nagging and unproductive people.
Mr. Ilori, however, noted that there is always a spiritual dimension to everything in life and advised the audience made up of mainly students to build their relationship with God, “Only God can make things happen, makes it better and keeps it going.
“The world of work is war. There would come a time when you will need to fight for your promotion and to keep your job. At such periods, you need God.
“Beyond your certificate, you need to work on your personality, character and make your relationship with God and others work,” he encouraged the audience.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Head of Department, Psychology, Dr. Olajide Adekeye, pointed out that the Town and Gown interaction was put in place by the University management to establish a robust relationship between the academia and the professionals in order to improve the employability of the students.