Mr. Anthony Fesu, an Enterprise Architecture with Ecobank Group Technology, who is an alumnus of the Catholic University College of Ghana, Fiapre-Sunyani, urges Students of the University College to use their acquired knowledge and wisdom to think outside the box and do things differently to add value to themselves in the corporate world.
Mr. Fesu, who is also a Computer science, IT and Innovation Expert, gave the advice to the students on Saturday, 4th March 2017 during a lecture on the Theme: Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Preparing the CUCG Student for the Job Market. The Lecture formed part of activities that marked the CUCG Alumni Homecoming celebrations at the weekend.
Laying back, focusing on jobs that pay and conditioning every endeavour on monetary value would not showcase their talents and uniqueness. The students were encouraged to engage in simple innovative ways to make themselves relevant to the job market and create the necessary value to attract opportunities from entrepreneurs and corporate bodies.
"Innovation lies at our doorstep; we only need to have the tenacity, the drive and the courage to make it happen and transform our worldview", he remarked.
Mr. Fesu, referring to a short story, admired the can-do spirit of Nigerians. He noted that a Nigerian is very smart with witty ideas which push them to try at any given opportunity to make fortune yet people perceived them as being '419'. They cunningly do this to lure their would-be employers to engage them on the job in the long run.
"While a Ghanaian is looking at a given opportunity on how much to earn before the job is done, a Nigerian would opt to offer his/her service for free," he said.
Mr. Fesu, in a dialogue approach, explained that there are many ways students could use innovation to make themselves relevant to the job market and also make their institutions known through the use of social media. He indicated that innovation is as simple as its name. It is the application of novel ideas with different values and attitudes to attract attention and gain competitive edge.
He advised the students to offer themselves up at any given opportunity to showcase their talents, qualities and uniqueness as the surest ways to get engaged and employed. Mr. Fesu noted that it was necessary for students to pursue things that could offer them knowledge, skills and dexterity to create value for themselves to showcase their University and make it known locally and internationally.
Mr. Tony Fesu, a member of the class of 2006 and a former SRC president of the Catholic University College of Ghana, encouraged the students to engage themselves in social intervention activities such as cleaning up exercise, visiting the hospital, donating to orphanage, etc. to publicize the University to create a brand name.
Present at the lecture included Prof. Daniels Obeng-Ofori (Vice-Chancellor), Mr. Justice R. A. Ayam (Finance Officer), Fr. Dr. James Yamekeh Ackah (Dean of Student Affairs), CUCG Alumni and SRC leadership.