Covenant Engineering Students Exposed to Cisco Courses, Industry Certifications
A representative of the CISCO Networking Academy, Mr. Olayinka Ajiboye, has encouraged students of the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering (EIE), Covenant, to embrace Cisco courses for industry certifications so as to become a networking insider, gain in-demand expertise, build confidence with real equipment, join a global community of professionals, and enter an exciting and expanding career.
The Guest Speaker assured the budding engineers of the aforestated benefits on Thursday, February 7, 2019, while delivering a lecture titled, ‘Emerging Skills needed in Information Technology and Engineering Industry’, at the first Town and Gown Seminar of the EIE Department for the Omega Semester of the 2018/2019 Academic Session.
Cisco Networking Academy, according to him, was an education programme developed by Cisco to bring IT classes to schools and colleges all over the world. “This helps build the pipeline of IT talent, which helps individuals and communities compete in today’s economy,” he added.
While noting the career options offered by IT expertise, he averred that IT skills opened up a world of career choices that could be combined with other passions, students could be successful in IT careers now and increase their expertise in the future, an expanding industry meant job security and growth, and students could make a difference for themselves and their families.
Mr. Ajiboye, who asserted that Cisco courses were good for engineering students, said students in Year 1 and 2 would have to start out by taking the Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing and Switching (CCNA), while those in Year 3 and 4 would take the Cisco Certified Network Professional Routing and Switching (CCNP). He stated that by taking Cisco courses, the students were sure of exceling in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) degree programmes, they would be prepared for industry-recognised career certifications, and they could compete for good jobs in a networked economy.
He said that the students should take Cisco courses to prepare them for Industry Certifications, which would validate their expertise to colleges and employers, increase their options for career growth, provide opportunities for them to earn higher salaries, and keep them on the cutting-edge of a global industry. “Evidence-based research shows that employers see great value in those with professional certifications. These include Productivity and Team Performance, Increased Customer Satisfaction, Lower Costs, Better Return on Investments, and Talent Attraction and Retention,” the Guest Lecturer explained.
A Human Resource expert with Jobred, Mr. Tunji Adebayo, and a Business Development Manager at Cisco, Mrs. Chioma Osita, who accompanied the Guest Speaker to the seminar, also used the occasion to enlighten the students about what employers look for, and bridging the gap between skills possessed and not possessed, to enable the students perform excellently in their career.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Head, Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, Professor Anthony Adoghe, said that the Cisco team was at the seminar to create awareness about the importance of the Cisco Academy. He urged the students to be attentive as the Guest Speaker and members of his team educate them on what the academy had to offer.
Also at the EIE Town and Gown Seminar were faculty and staff members of the Department.