Expert Enlightens Chemistry Students on Workplace Readiness
An expert in Quality Operations Control from May and Baker Nigeria Plc, Mr. Sunday Anthony Longe, has described Workplace Readiness as understanding the relationship between getting a job, sustaining it and advancing in that career.
He made this assertion during a recent Town and Gown Seminar of the Department of Chemistry, Covenant, on Tuesday, January 23, 2019, when he spoke on the topic, ‘Workplace Readiness: The Real Deal’.
Advising the students at the seminar, Mr. Longe stated that, “The efforts you put into getting a degree is as important as those required in getting a job, sustaining the job and growing on the job, which is referred to as career advancement”.
The Guest Speaker encouraged the students to take seriously the acquisition of proficiencies as a tool for career advancement on graduation. According to him, “70% of human resource officials cited deficiencies among graduates in applied skills, such as professionalism and work ethic, including punctuality, working productively with others, time and workload management”.
Workplace readiness, according to him, meant different things to different employers of labour, adding that serious employers focused on results, and to get these results required vision, diligence, character.
Mr. Longe also pointed out the need for employees to have a clear understanding of their organisation’s vision/goal as employees were paid to drive the vision of the employer by doing their job efficiently and effectively, and anything in-between was unacceptable.
Advising the students on the need to have a personal vision and goal for their lives, he said that, “For you to fit into an organisation’s growth ladder, you must have aligned your vision with those of the organisation one way or the other. Where the organisation’s vision does not match yours, you might want to re-think your ability to fit in there”.
Earlier in his remarks, the Head, Department of Chemistry, Professor Olayinka Ajani, appreciated the speaker for honouring the invitation for the seminar. He encouraged the students and members of faculty and staff of the Department to be actively involved during the lecture as learning was a continuous phenomenon.
Professor Ajani also appreciated the Management of the University for the wonderful Town and Gown platform, which has helped to bring the industry closer to the students, thereby empowering them for workplace readiness.