The Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology Akure, and FUTA Professor Adenike Oladiji has emphasized the need for students to apply themselves conscientiously to getting adequate information in order to choose suitable careers. She gave the advice on Tuesday November 14, 2023 during the Career sensitization programme organized for secondary schools students as part of activities marking the 33rd convocation ceremony of the Federal University of Technology Akure.
The Vice Chancellor urged the students to recognize their areas of strength in their secondary school subjects and to seek counsel when choosing career paths in order to be successful.
Professor Oladiji said the internet should be utilized with discipline and caution adding that it should be used judiciously to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge. She said indiscriminate use can be addictive and this will consequently make such users to lose focus of academic excellence. She advised the students not to give in to peer pressure while making career choices but to identify their core interests and choose careers based on their innate abilities.
The Chairman, Career Talk Sub-Committee, Professor Adebanjo Badejo, explained that the career talk was aimed at introducing the secondary school students to a wide range of career choices and to mentor and nurture them on what is expected in Institutions of higher learning.
Representatives from the various Schools of the University took turns to enlighten students on entry requirements into the various departments and job prospects after graduation. The students were admonished to prepare physically and mentally for the challenges involved as the reward of a higher education is unquantifiable for the student and the society at large. Parents and teachers were also advised not to force children into careers but to look at areas where they can excel.
The event was attended by students of FUTA Staff Secondary School, Akure, Akure Muslim College, Community Comprehensive High School, Ilara-Mokin, Oyemekun Grammar School, Akure, St. Dominics High School, Akure, Oyemekun Grammar School, Pacific High School, Complete Child Educational Centre, Akure High School, Wexford College, St Louis Girls Grammar School and Fiwasaye Girls Secondary School Akure.