This year’s edition of the annual Continuing Education and Counseling Fair of Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls, Lagos, has come and gone, but the management and students are still savouring the benefits of the programme. According to the Director of college, Mrs. Funke Fowler- Amba, part of the objectives of annual fair, initiated few years ago, is to empower students with qualitative education as future leaders, tap into opportunities of foreign higher institutions and connect them with the universities and colleges.
Several private secondary schools in the state participated in the programme, where a good number of local and foreign universities and colleges, took part in the fair in which they equipped the students with their educational profiles, requirements profile and how to prospect admission into the institutions.
The programme also featured educational consultants, who were on the stand to offer the students useful information about their products, as well as the institutions they represented. Some of the institutions that participated in the fair include Mark Brooks Education, Virtue Consultancy, I-Excel, Moaf Consulting, SGI Consultancy (Study Group), Study-In-UK, Brookline Consult, Oracle Academy and The International Education Consultancy, among other.
The foreign institutions comprise universities and colleges from the United Kingdom, Canada, United States, and other some European countries. In one of the presentations, the Chief Executive Officer of Contact Consulting Nigeria Limited, Mrs. Folusho Olaniyan, admonished the students to engage in self-development initiatives, as well as open their eyes wide to identify the array of opportunities available to them to achieve their potential.
“You should have confidence in yourselves and in relating to other people. My advice is that you should also make the right choice of friends so that you will not derail in your education and other life pursuit.
For mentors, seek right people that will give you the relevant advice,” she advised the students. Mrs. Olaniyan, who wondered that many children derailed for lack of good mentor and advice, hinted that students could only overcome distraction, which is everywhere affecting their generation, by taking the right steps, and not to succumb to peer group influence.
She advised the students to be determined by choosing their career, and to live a purposeful life, even as she urged parents not to foist one career path or the other on their children as they should be allowed to choose whatever the want to become.
Similarly, the Chief Executive Officer of Descasio Limited, Mr. Dele Nedd, in his presentation, reiterated the need for the students to involve in self-development and acquire entrepreneurial skills that will aid their development and equip them for the future as job creators and not job seekers.
He said they should identify their areas of strength and guide such jealously by development along that line, while they should be diligent and courageous enough to do what they want to do.
“You should not allow the challenges of life to force you to derail in your career, and there is the need for you to read always with a view to improving your skills towards personal development, which is the major way of building capacity.