Business Developer Equips Engineering Graduands with Recipe for Successful Practice
Graduands of the College of Engineering (CoE), Covenant University, would have to be students for life, prioritise growth over wages, get a workplace sponsor, and develop a culture of excellence amongst others, if they must transit from an engineer in training to an engineer in practice.
That was the submission of Engr. Godson Nkeokelonye, MD/Chief Responsibility Officer, Excite Panacea Limited, Lagos, who was Guest Speaker at the 14th Convocation Hooding Event of the CoE.
Engr. Nkeokelonye, who spoke on the topic, ‘From Classroom to Practice: Making the Necessary Transition’, said his advice was for the graduands to prioritize skills acquisition over wages by seeking out fast growth employers that took personal development seriously. According to Engr. Nkeokelonye, the graduands needed to get a work place sponsor who would get them on the right project. He advised the graduands to develop a culture of excellence, plan to be an entrepreneur or an entrepreneur at some point, build their network and enhance their communication, and put God first.
Engr. Nkeokelonye saluted the graduands, whom he said had put in the work to get to this milestone. “Today’s graduates have significantly expanded their base of knowledge. But I also hope they have learned to dream big, because they are going to change the world. So congratulations to all the graduates here today,” he remarked.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Dean, CoE, Professor David Omole, urged the graduating students to always be mindful of the University’s core values - Spirituality, Possibility Mentality, Capacity Building, Integrity, Responsibility, Diligence and Sacrifice - wherever they find themselves. While urging them to always remember their Alma matter with affections, the Dean said Covenant would be glad to have those who wished to take employment with the University. Professor Omole extended to the graduands heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous future.
The Hooding event combined both the Convocation Hooding and investiture of engineering graduates into the graduate membership of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE). Officials of the NSE, from both the national and state levels, were on hand to perform the induction process. Also, the Mechanical Engineering graduands were inducted into graduate membership of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NiMechE).
Awards were also presented to graduands who had distinguished themselves among their peers. Ajia Motunrayo Victoria emerged the Best Graduand in Petroleum Engineering with a CGPA of 5.00. She was also the best in the College of Engineering and the University in general. Next in CoE was Alagbe Victor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 4.98; Okotie Temisanre Elo of Mechanical Engineering, 4.97; Oyawoye Isaac Temiyope of Civil Engineering, 4.90; Andu Oluwatomisin Temidayo of Information and Communication Engineering, 4.82; Aluko Simileoluwa David of Computer Engineering, 4.79; and Akinleye Daramola Johnson of Chemical Engineering, 4.74.