PREMIUM TIMES reporter and other experts guide Queens College students on career options

Before your next Basic Education Certificate Examination (BE) conducted by the National Examinations Council (NECO), the management of Queen’s College, Lagos, brought together experts from leading professions over the weekend to talk to students about various careers and what it takes to pursue them. Held in a large Theresa Chukwuma hall at the school and packed to the brim, the event featured professionals from the fields of journalism, pharmacy, engineering, teaching, law, accounting and medicine, among others. Welcoming guests and students to the event, School Principal and Principal Tokunbo Yakubu-Oyinloye said that as an expert in guidance and counselling, she felt the need to properly guide students in their career choices. Ms. Yakubu-Oyinloye, holder of a doctoral certificate in Guidance and Counselling, said the program became imperative for prospective upper secondary (SS) students “to be assertive, proactive and knowledgeable about their career paths.” “. He said that when he transferred to the school from Federal Government College (FGC) Idoani, Ondo State, in 2018, he realized that the Ionian school never had such a program for students. She said: “As a counselor by profession, I believe students need to make an informed decision, they don’t need to make decisions with little or no career knowledge. They shouldn’t get into any apartment because of their friends. They need to know the meat of the career, what it is about, the danger, the benefits and the job prospects. “We have brought professionals here to educate them in different courses that are important to the career they may choose, outside of the influence of their friends or parents.” Expert Matrix Immediate Past President of the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Lagos State Branch, Sekinah Lawal, and PREMIUM TIMES Development Bureau Chief, Mojeed Alabi, advised the students on what it takes to become a successful journalist. According to Ms. Lawal, unlike in the past, when many universities did not offer mass communication programs, “today there are various levels of higher institutions that offer diploma and degree programs in journalism.” For his part, Mr. Alabi advised the students that the basic requirements for practicing journalism include the ability to read and write, an interest in seeking the truth, and a commitment to defending the interests of the people. “Journalism is the only profession that is constitutionally endorsed with the responsibility of serving as a watchdog. Gone are the days when degrees in mass communication or language arts were emphasized as criteria. Today, anyone with good writing skills, an inquisitive mind, conscientiousness and courage can be a journalist, regardless of their course of study at school,” Mr. Alabi said. READ ALSO: Whistleblowers, journalists and the need for protection, By Godwin Onyecholem He said there is, however, a code of ethics that guides the profession just like law and medicine. “Disciplined, professional journalists have prospects because there is no limit to what they can achieve in life, but just like we have quack doctors or ‘bail bond attorneys,’ there are also fake journalists who look dirty and sloppy. Those should not be your role models,” he advised. Also speaking, a systems engineer, Mosope Adewuyi, advised students on choosing a career in engineering, saying that engineers are solution providers. He spoke about systems engineering, robotics, chemistry, and mechanics, among other engineering fields in which students might decide to major. He also said that good results in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry are important criteria to qualify candidates for admission in the fields. Boluwatife Adeyanju, an engineer, also corroborated Ms. Adewuyi, explaining the different fields of engineering and their perspectives. Meanwhile, a lawyer, Modupe Oke, answered many questions raised by students about the ethics of the legal profession in Nigeria, the responsibilities of lawyers as advocates and adjudicators, among others. The students thanked the school and the experts for addressing issues that many felt continued to bog their minds. Legend: QC1: Mr. Alabi addressing the students. QC2: Representative sample of invited speakers and members of the school management. QC3: Mr. Alabi addressing the audience. QC 4: Mr. Alabi addressing the students. SEE: Governor Yahaya Bello’s roadmap to Hope 2023 Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; PREMIUM TIMES reporter and other experts guide Queens College students on career options