Sociology Students Prep for Bank Placement on Graduation
The study of Sociology can help foster the creativity, innovation, critical thinking, analytical problem solving and communication skills of students, which would play a key role in developing a successful banking career. This was the submission of Mr. Davidson Regha, the General Manager, Heritage Bank Plc, and keynote presenter at the Covenant University’s Department of Sociology Town & Gown on Friday, January 22, 2016.
The General Manager, Heritage Bank Plc, who spoke on the topic, “Management in the Banking Industry: A Sociologist’s Experience,” sensitised the students on how to handle possible banking jobs on graduation as sociologists.
The guest speaker, Mr. Regha, advised the students not to see Sociology as a limitation to working in any sector of the economy, stating that the labour market of the 21st century hinges more on skills and versatility as against ‘paper qualification.’
He stated, “The good news for sociology majors is that your studies are uniquely suited to help you develop the skills you need for a successful 21st century career. Sociologists study social life, social change, diverse communities and their interactions, and they use scientific methods to find empirical answers to complex social questions.”
Mr. Regha decried the notion that you have to be a graduate of Banking and Finance, Accounting or Business Administration to be a successful banker or attain respectable status in banking. He, however, said that the notion has been eroded by a retinue of outstanding bankers who started off with degrees in disciplines other than the generally accepted ones.
He assured the students that nobody was born a banker, rather, everything comes by training; therefore, the sector is open to any graduate that can prove himself. “The summary of the lecture, he said, “is that with passion, anybody can attain any level in any profession because unlike processes (which you learn in school), passion cannot be copied. If you have passion for banking, nothing and nobody should stop you.”
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Dean, College of Business and Social Sciences, Professor Francis Iyoha, represented by the Sub-Dean, Dr. Oluwole Iyiola, encouraged the students to pay attention and follow the lecture, stating that the long years of service and experience of the guest speaker in the banking industry would help prepare them for a career in banking should they find themselves in the banking sector after graduation.
He pointed out that the university is driving employability of its graduates and not just degree acquisition. “The job market is now dynamic, he said, “Consequently, most job seekers only succeed in the job market only if they have multiple competencies and not primarily because they have any particular degree.”
While welcoming the guest speaker, the Head of the Department of Sociology, Dr. Tayo George, appreciated the speaker and expressed her excitement to have him come to share his experience with the staff and students of the department. She explained that the core vision of the University is ‘raising a new generation of leaders,’ and that the Town & Gown platform was one of the major channels for mentoring the students into different industry areas for increased impact on graduation.
Also present at the occasion were the former Manager of Enterprise Bank, Canaan Land, Ota, Mr. Pius Adesakin; members of the College of Business and Social Sciences (CBSS); members of the Department of Sociology and that of the Directorate of Media & Corporate Affairs.