The University of Lagos (UNILAG) Mass Communication Alumni Association (UMCAA) has organised its first mentorship session for fresh graduates of the institution.
In a statement, Adeyinka Adeosun, the association’s spokesperson, said the initiative was to enhance the employability of the graduates in the increasingly competitive labour market.
The session was facilitated by members of the association who have distinguished themselves in their chosen endeavours.
Speaking at the event, Kehinde Oyesomi, UMCAA vice-president, said the session was put together to position fresh graduates for professional and development opportunities.
“This mentoring programme is an avenue for you as fresh graduates to receive guidance and support from respected members of the UMCAA community, who are in the business of mentoring the next generation,” Oyesomi said.
In his presentation, Lekan Otufodunrin, executive director of Media Career Development Network, advised the fresh graduates not to limit themselves to a broadcaster, journalist, public relations or advertising practitioners.
“The specialisations in school is necessary for academic purpose, but in the world of work, you must have the capacity to do a bit of everything to enhance your job search opportunities,” he said.
On her part, Eniola Mayowa, chief operating officer of Stepcraft Nigeria Limited, enjoined the graduates to be multi-skilled and be ready to add value to society.
In his remark, Adewale Williams, UMCAA president, encouraged fresh graduates to consider entrepreneurship. He added that the association would plan another mentoring session for those who are interested in having their own business.
Adeyi Oluwademilade, one of the participants, described the mentorship programme as insightful and enlightening.
“The mentorship program was very insightful and enlightening; we say a big thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with us,” Oluwademilade said.
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