Final-year students of the Department of Vocational and Technical Education (VoTEC) have been advised to monetise the skills and knowledge gained from their field of training.
The Board Chairman of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) Enterprise, Prof. Kwaku Enning, who gave the advice, implored the students to take the entrepreneurial skills acquired from the Department seriously to set up their own businesses and desist from the attitude of searching for non-existent jobs after school.
"Monitise the skills and knowledge that your lecturers have sacrificed over the years to transfer to you and create jobs for yourself. You are all potential entrepreneurs," he added.
Prof. Enning offered the constructive advice at a farewell forum organised by the Department at C. A. Ackah Auditorium 900 on the theme: " Life After School".
He admonished them to make integrity their hallmark and endeavour to always do the right thing.
"You could be first class material but if you so not have integrity you cannot survive on the job market. Your integrity will take you very far," Prof. Enning emphasised.
He decried the high incidence of quest for money and wealth among the youth, stressing that life was not all about money, riding in flashy cars and underserved fame.
He, therefore, counselled the students to shun the get-rich quick attitude and uphold the virtue of hard work in all their endeavours.
Prof. Enning appealed to the students to cultivate the habit of saving to enable them get access to capital to invest for the future.
Above all, he encouraged the students to entrust their daily lives into the hands of God, asking them to remain faithful and obedient to God even in the most trying moments of their lives.
A lecturer at the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management-UCC, Dr Phanuel Wunu, advised the students to acquire soft skills and added that it provided an added advantage in developing one's chosen careers.
He encouraged them to engage in voluntary activities to acquire opportunities to gain valuable working skills while developing important social skills.
A lecturer at the Department of Guidance and Counselling-UCC, Dr. (Mrs.) Sylvia Eyiah Bediako, took the finalists through the topic: " Marriage and Relationship."
In a short remark, the Head of the Department of VoTEC, Dr. Patience Danquah Monnie, expressed gratitude to the facilitators for giving nuggets of wisdom to the final-year students and urged the students to put up a good attitude, while preparing for the next phase of their lives.
Source: Documentation and Information Section-UCC