In its determination to reduce unemployment in the state, a two-day Job Readiness Workshop Series for fresh graduates have commenced in Delta State.
The workshop was organized by the Delta State Job and Wealth Creation Bureau under its Graduate Employment Enhancement Programme (GEEP.)
The workshop which began today December 8 was attended by 105 participants at the Government House, Asaba and would be concluded in Warri tomorrow with 131 participants.
Addressing the participants, the Chief Job and Wealth Creation Officer and the Head of the Bureau, Prof Eric Eboh, said the objective of the workshop series was to enhance the job readiness of fresh graduates.
He added that the workshop would improve their job employability, start-up skills and attitudes in line with the mandate of the Bureau in tackling unemployment in the state.
He decried that many youths graduate from higher institutions without being ready for the job market because the universities failed to provide them withcritical soft skills and attitudes.
He emphasized that after the workshop series, the participants would be able to take advantage of opportunities that would help them get jobs successfully.
Participants were exposed to topics as, “Post-Graduation Self-Assessment: Understanding Job Market Realities and making Career Choices;” “Communicating Yourself and Cultivating Professional Relations for Job Search and Career Start-Ups;” The Right Mindset, Attitude and Steps for Job Search and Career Planning;” Preparing for Job Market and Becoming More Employable by Self-Improvement,” and “Searching for a Job: Using Virtual Methods and Adapting Your CV to Different Employers presented by Dr. Anthony Chovwen, Prof Vincent Onudugo and Mr. Favour Inyere respectively.
Responding, one of the participants, Dr. Success Ogbe, expressed gratitude to the state government for the opportunity to acquire skills on how to prepare himself for the job market.
“I now know that there is always a way out of every challenge. It has helped me to change my mentality and how to make my CV more effective to speak for me,” he remarked.
For Happiness Eduviere, “I have learnt to equip myself on my communication skills and to work on my attitude in order to improve my employability.”