Etisalat workers train Lagos pupils on counselling
Pupils from select public secondary schools in Lagos have benefited from a career counselling programme organised by Etisalat Nigeria.
The event, the eighth to be organised by the company, was held in partnership with the Lagos Empowerment and Resource Network (LEARN).
Over 500 pupils from Ogba Junior Grammar School, Oke-Ira Junior and Senior Grammar Schools, Ojodu Junior High School, Babs Fafunwa Millennium Senior Secondary School, Omole Junior and Senior Grammar Schools and State High School, Ikeja learnt various career choices, creatively delivered by workers of Etisalat.
A financial analyst Akinjide Obanewa, explained the rudiments of the accounting profession; Bankole Alao, Etisalat?s Manager, Data Marketing spoke on marketing technology while the sessions were rounded-off by a presentation on the attributes and duties of a Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) professional.
Representing the Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Nigeria, Steven Evans, Director of Legal Services, Adeolu Idowu, said the event enabled Etisalat employees to fulfil a desire to give back to society by volunteering time and their skills in providing career counselling and mentorship to the pupils.
?Career counselling scheme brings a great feeling for us at Etisalat because it enables us to demonstrate our passion for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), through both internal and external platforms. We are aware that students need appropriate direction to make compatible and fulfilling career choices, because a wrong career move may have some serious negative long-term effects,? she said.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Duties, Dolapo Biodun, praised Etisalat for its impact on the students? knowledge bank, future contributions to society and self-development.
Addressing the pupils, LEARN Executive Director, Mrs Bisi Awoyomi, encouraged the pupils to make career choices based on God-given talents, not because of family values or societal influence.
There was excitement when Etisalat rewarded all winners of competitions with prizes, including laptops and HP printers.
The competitions included mental exercises like spelling bee and inter-school debates. The students also watched a performance by Nigerian singer and producer, DJ Zeez and Sean Tizzle.
The sponsors have lined up two more career counseling sessions for Lagos to hold in Surulere and Lagos Island later in the year.