Academic City has organized its maiden Career Fair to create a platform for students to connect with companies from different industries across the continent.
This according to the school will help secure internship opportunities and will grant them the experience they need to be successful in their professional lives.
Also, students gained a greater appreciation of the professional opportunities available to them to develop their career potential.
The event held on March 22, was organized by the Career Services department under the Office of the Student and Community Affairs.
It also welcomed representatives from 28 companies including General Electric (GE), Ecobank, Vodafone, Kosmos Innovation Center, Databank Financial Services, MainOne, Unilever, Growth Mosaic, Primetime, Universal Merchant Bank, and many more.
“I like the fact that Academic City organized an event like this. I schooled at KNUST, and during my four years there, I admit that there was no such opportunity for me as a student,” Senior Commercial Manager at GE Power, Eli Adadevoh said.
He added, “I’ve worked in organizations over the years and I have seen the value that some of these events bring to students. So, kudos to Academic City for putting this together.”
Prior to the Fair, students had undergone a series of career-readiness sessions to prepare and equip them with the know-how and tools they need to present themselves promisingly and seek internship opportunities successfully at the Career Fair.
These included sessions such as a CV writing workshop, developing their elevator pitch, interviewing, identifying their preferred jobs and places of employment, and cleaning and boosting their social media and professional profiles.
A representative from the Corporate Affairs Department at Kosmos Innovation Center, Clara Asempapa, stated, “although most of the students I spoke to were in their first year, I was impressed by their CVs, which showed that aside schooling, they were engaged in several meaningful extra-curricular activities.”
The fair also featured a talk by Chief Information Officer of GE Africa and CEO for GE Ghana, Mr. Abubakar Sulemana, who shared some personal lessons about hard work, humility, and goal-setting that have helped him to chart his successful career.
GE works with governments, corporate customers, and other stakeholders to find solutions to infrastructural challenges in power, healthcare, oil and gas.
Mr. Sulemana’s work at GE has focused on driving technology solutions to provide better services for clients through IT while also generating revenue.
As the CIO for GE Africa, he drives GE’s strategic IT programs on the continent.
“Hearing Mr. Sulemana speak about his journey and his focus on hard work and relationship-building, inspired me to cherish the opportunities I have here at Academic City, and to work hard to build strong networks before I leave,” a first-year Computer Science and Engineering student Harriet Fiagbor said.
A sophomore studying IT Isaac Thierry N’Kouka also said, “I think this Career Fair has been a good initiative by Academic City to help students like me to have an idea of what is waiting for us out there once we get out of university.”
Another first-year Computer Science and Engineering student Mary Gaewu commended her school for giving her the opportunity to learn more about each company present at the event and what they do, to help her to figure out her career path.
“Although I don’t have much on my CV, I quickly realized that what really mattered was the first impression I made. The whole experience was amazing,” she added.
Academic City’s Careers Services Manager, Giselle Osei, said, “even though the students were a little nervous (as expected) because this was their first experience at a Career Fair, they quickly overcame that and turned it into confidence, recalling all the workshops that they had attended as preparation for this important milestone.”
She applauded the students’ interest in asking relevant questions and inquiring about possible internship opportunities.
“I believe the company representatives also made it fun and engaging for our students during the interactions. Overall, it was a successful event, and we look forward to a bigger Career Fair next year,” Mrs. Osei said.
Academic City plans to host similar, and larger career fairs on an annual basis.
To follow up from this event, the Career Services department will now embark on achieving the next milestone of converting the fair’s interactions into actual internship opportunities for students for summer 2019.