Makerere University last week hosted a career expo organised by the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), at which students were coached on how to meet their career goals.
Several students commended the expo as timely as they were in their second and final years, a point where they were studying their career aspirations.
Jasper Aceng Dina, a Bachelor of Development Economics second-year student said she had interacted with some of her role models.
“I have learnt so much from the experts. It was a great opportunity for me because I now know why good communication is very vital in any business,” said Aceng.
Dickens Namurinda, a finalist pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, said he acquired some information about financial management and was looking forward to starting up his own small business.
“Career guidance is important because it has shown me a sense of direction. They should organise more of these because they are really important. Now I have an idea of what it takes to succeed in the corporate world,” said Namurinda.
Last Monday, Geraldine Ssali, the NSSF deputy managing director launched the two-day expo at the university's main hall. In her opinion, the exhibition would be vital in motivating and guiding students on which right career paths to take.
She observed that access to information from various corporate firms would help students making informed decisions.
“Prepare your minds to look out for business opportunities through networks because you can’t succeed without them. Prepare your minds for confidence by learning business etiquette and communication,” Ssali cautioned the students.
A series of similar events are planned to be held at Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), Kyambogo, Gulu, Ndejje, Uganda Martyrs University and Kampala University, among others.