Expert Suggests Relevant Skills for Graduate Employment
The Acting Registrar, Institute of Supervision and Leadership, Mr. Martins Omotoyinbo, has tasked Covenant University students in the Department of Economics and Development Studies to be more creative, innovative and entrepreneurial in their career pursuit to enhance their employability after graduation.
Mr. Omotoyinbo, Guest Speaker at the November 7, 2017 Town and Gown seminar of the department, where he made a presentation titled, ‘Repositioning the Industry-Academia Partnership in Nigeria: Panacea for Graduates Unemployment and Roadmap for Sustainable Development’,advised the students to acquire the required skills that will help them meet up with the demands of their industry.
Giving an overview on why graduates unemployment was on the rise, Mr. Omotoyinbo attributed it to factors like dependence on foreign technologies, rapid population growth, poor infrastructure design, rural-urban income differentials etc. He, however, added that Industries in this era are impatient in recruiting substandard graduates due to factors like high expectation of shareholders, rise in operating cost, dynamic technologies, Government tax etc.
To reposition industry-academia partnership and address the issue of graduates’ unemployment in the country, Mr. Omotoyinbo enumerated that, “Academia should reconnect with the industries by having a regular review of their curriculum to meet the demands of the industries. Also, Academia should develop their students’ entrepreneurial knowledge and skills through practical-based trainings and also getting involved in Students/Faculty exchange programmes to aid idea generation and exposure”.
Mr. Omotoyinbo added that determination to succeed, hard work, patience, eyes for opportunities, creativity, attitude, and personal development are ways students can overcome unemployment in thepresent era.
Earlier on in his welcome address, the Head, Department of Economics and Development Studies, Dr. Evans Osabuohien, told the gathering that Covenant’s Town and Gown seminar has become part of the University’s academic curriculum, drawing from industry experience to complement theoretical teachings of the University system.