In pursuit of fostering smart, innovative, and industry-ready students, the Postgraduate Studies and Research Directorate (PGSR) of Pentecost University joined hands with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) to host a one-day Career Guidance and Counselling Seminar. The event aimed to equip students with the necessary skills to become competitive in their endeavours and achieve a successful start in their professional lives.
During the opening address, Professor Kwabena Agyapong-Kodua, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, encouraged students to actively engage in the seminar and view it as an opportunity for personal growth.
Dr Andrews Ayiku, the first facilitator, stressed the importance of self-awareness in choosing a career path that aligns with individual skills and interests. He urged students to assess their strengths and weaknesses, emphasizing that a profession aligned with one’s passions and values can lead to a fulfilling and rewarding professional life. Dr Ayiku also covered crucial topics, including understanding the world of work, building a personal career brand, effective self-marketing for job opportunities, and crafting impressive CVs and cover letters.
The second facilitator, Ms Stephanie Eyram Akrumah, delved into the various job prospects available in the green economy and the necessary skills and practices for success in this field. She highlighted that the green economy is not solely for addressing environmental challenges but also offers abundant opportunities for individuals seeking to positively impact the world. Ms Akrumah shared valuable best practices and experiences within the Ghanaian context, enabling students to grasp the potential of the green economy.
Dr Justice Arthur, the Director of PGSR, concluded the seminar as the final speaker. He introduced the participants to the distinctive features of postgraduate studies at Pentecost University and the diverse array of available courses. Dr Arthur assured the students that the Postgraduate Directorate’s doors are always open for continued guidance and support. Drawing on his experience as a German-trained scholar, he shed light on the prospects and funding opportunities for postgraduate studies in Germany. He encouraged students to contemplate continuing their studies and exploring academic options in Germany to contribute their expertise to nation-building. Dr Arthur emphasized Germany’s reputation as a centre for research and higher education.
Feedback from a section of the students indicated that they found the seminar exceptionally helpful and expressed a willingness to participate in future events of similar nature. The conference provided valuable insights, empowering them to make informed decisions about their academic and professional journeys.