Next week, Friday, September 03, 2021, I will be hosting Virtual Education Career Guidance Fair, a two-hour event aimed at preparing UCE and UACE leavers with post-secondary education.
For 7 years now, I have been focusing a lot on education career guidance. When I joined Lira Town College nine years ago, I realized that most students had very small ambitions – and many admired joining Aduku UCC and NTC Unyama. Not that there is anything wrong with these institutions. Not at all. As a fresh graduate then, I found this unusual. I just wanted them to be more – to have more options. To dream bigger. Because while I was in A-level many years ago, I remember we used to have big dreams. And big dreams inspire you to work hard. We envisioned studying good courses at prestigious universities (at that time we had only Makerere, MUST, Kyambogo, and Gulu University). I, therefore wanted the same for the students I was now teaching.
This is what I started doing. I started incorporating career guidance sessions into my lessons, focusing more on academic progression, irrespective of results you get. The career guidance sessions are very interactive, and focuses on post-secondary study options, university life, tuition and scholarships, pictures of universities, loan scheme, and most importantly, panel discussions with former students who have been there. This is usually in the last 15-20 minutes of the lesson, in S.6 class. Later, I realized that students enjoyed these sessions very much, so much so that even Sub-Maths students started attending.
I am happy to report that there has been a big change. As a result of those class CG session, and other interventions, our students are now admitted to almost all public universities (on private and government sponsorship), pursuing their chosen courses. Some go even as far as Kabala University. And that’s not all. My career guidance services are now well sought after in the whole Lango sub region. I receive students (and parents) from Amolatar, Dokolo, Otuke, Apac and other distant places.
Last year, I was away in Europe, but, together with my team at Centre for Skills and Innovation (CSI), we did a lot of work during the first lockdown, providing virtual assistance and support for A-level leavers. Many who benefitted from this support are now studying, and there’s even one who got a scholarship.
This event is a free, virtual even. Anyone interested can attend, and I highly encourage young people to attend, and ask questions. There will be a number of speakers, educationists, career guidance experts, industry experts to provide deep insights and experiences. Please share this information widely, and hope to see you next week. Cheers! The event details are below:
You are invited to a Virtual Education Career Guidance Fair 2021
When: Sep 3, 2021 02:00 PM Nairobi
Register in advance for this meeting:
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