By: Tilda Acorlor
An Entrepreneurship and digital innovation firm, Node Eight in partnership with Ghana Tech Lab under the Pathways to Sustainable Employment Program of the Mastercard Foundation have organized a day’s Digital Job Fair for digital and tech enthusiasts in Ho, the Volta Regional capital.
The Job Fair was themed “Building Resilient Software Engineers for The Job Market.” it attracted students and young graduates seeking to kick-start their careers.
The Managing Director of Node Eight, Mr. Courage Asase, encouraged participants to make themselves valuable, discerning and focused to take up opportunities outside academics when seeking jobs.
“What usually determines the career you end up with comes from the things you do outside of school, like your focus on non-academic things. So, my advice to young people, especially those who are still in school, is that they should do well in class, but also focus on things outside of class and utilize any opportunity they get,” He said.
“If you are a young person in school and want to work in a company, make yourself valuable from day one. The career system has been democratized, which means you don’t have to go through the traditional education system to land a career. The opportunities are limited in terms of careers, and you need to put your best foot out there to get in front,” he added.
He urged young people to be versatile and extremely skilled.
“Develop hard skills for the actual value-line for the company. Develop soft skills to allow yourself to maneuver and negotiate your way to the top,”
“Everyone has the capability. You are enough to do whatever you want to do. However, words of encouragement alone will not put you there.” he added.
The guest speaker, Mr. Courage C. Tetteh in his presentation on CV writing and job seeking took participants through how to structure an educational and career CV.
He advised that job seekers learn how to craft CVs that are tailored to specific jobs and their requirements.