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CITAD Trains graduating students on entrepreneurship and employment opportunities

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The Job Placement and Information Service (JOPIS) unit of the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) conducts a one day workshop for final year students of Agricultural Education, Federal College Education (FCE) Kano, on Enterpreneurship and Employment opportunities and Job Interview Techniques. The capacity building is meant to introduce them into the concept of idea generation, enterpreneurship support, opportunities, job vacancies, job interview techniques, CV development etc

It is a common practice that after graduating from universities, polytechnics, colleges of educations and other tertiary institutions, students wait for governments and organizations to provide jobs to them, and that is not helping the economy. Youths need professional coaching on how they can become entrepreneurs through making use of unlimited talents and opportunities around them, if that is encouraged, the burden on government will be drastically reduced.

Moreover, there are thousands of initiatives by foundations, institutions, individuals and governments aimed at providing startup support to people with sound entrepreneurial ideas, but our youth either don’t know or know very little about these supports. The processes of securing the financial support sometimes looks complicated to them as well.

Another problem with our unemployed youth occurs on their first or second (because sometimes CV precedes interview) encounter with their employers, that is during the interview. Most of them have no idea about the right approach of attending job interviews and emerging successful. It goes beyond knowing the answers to questions asked but more importantly is mastering the whole tricks.

Noticing these and some other vital problems are what gave courage to Job Placement and Information Service of the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) to come up with the idea of organizing entrepreneurship and employment opportunities workshop in order to equip the youths with knowledge of becoming self reliant through entrepreneurship as well as passing job interviews.

Presentations on idea generation, sources of getting entrepreneurial support, employment opportunities, CV development and interview techniques were made by three facilitators, and the participants have expressed their eagerness of coming up with various entrepreneurial ideas.

An assessment conducted during the workshop shows that government initiatives are filled up with irregularities and corruption, and that is another reason why some youths feel reluctant to subscribe to them. JOPIS will continuously be conducting workshop in these areas in order to ensure a productive society.

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