Etisalat Nigeria has once again demonstrated its commitment to empower young persons with quality education through its career counseling programme for secondary school students held in Epe, Lagos State recently. Etisalat Career Counseling is a one-day session for junior and senior secondary school students held in partnership with Leadership Empowerment and Resource Network, (LEARN), a not-for-profit Organisation.
Director, Regulatory & CSR, Etisalat Nigeria, Ikenna Ikeme explained that the career counselling platform enabled Etisalat employees to fulfil a desire to give back to society, appreciate volunteering time and employ their skills in providing career counselling and mentorship to students.
“Career counselling scheme brings fulfilment to us at Etisalat because it enables us demonstrate our passion for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), through both internal and external platforms. We are aware that students need appropriate direction towards making compatible and fulfilling career choices, because a wrong career move will likely have serious negative long-term effects. Since 2010, our observation during Career Counselling is that whatever the personas and backgrounds of these students, one thing remains consistent – the eagerness to learn and participate. This is very significant for us,” he said.
Ikeme further disclosed that over seven thousand students have benefited from the initiative which was designed to appropriately guide students of secondary schools in the junior and senior levels, towards making sound, positive and fulfilling career decisions which will provide long-term benefits to them, their families, organisations, and ultimately the nation.
Commending Etisalat for its laudable initiative, Senior Project Officer, Leadership Empowerment and Resource Network (LEARN), Tonne Saheed said LEARN is glad to partner with Etisalat on the nation building mission. According to her, the benefit of this great CSR initiative will start to manifest in the nearest future and will in no small measure contribute to national development.
Speaking in the same vein, the Deputy Director, Education District 3, Ojikutu Mustafa who represented the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, highlighted the benefits students stand to gain from understanding career options and opportunities available in different careers parts, pointing out that the importance of a good career choice to students, their families and the nation cannot be over emphasized.
He said that a good career choice is an invaluable process to ultimately driving self-actualization and national development, and thanked Etisalat for kick starting the process for thousands of Nigerian students through the career counselling programme. “On behalf of students, teachers and the ministry of education I commend Etisalat for this initiative,” he concluded.
Eight schools benefitted from the Career Counselling session: Epe Junior and Senior Grammar Schools, Odo Obara Junior and Senior Schools, Alaro Junior and Senior Grammar Schools, and Odomola Junior and Senior Schools, all in Epe town of Lagos State.
Following the event in Epe, this year’s edition of Etisalat Career Counseling will also hold in three more locations within and outside Lagos.