By Hamza Ibrahim Chinade.
Job Placement and Information Service (JOPIS) of the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) is a unit that scouts for job and entrepreneurial grants opportunities and disseminate for the benefit of especially the teeming job-seeking youths in the society. The unit has today organized a workshop for the graduating students of Bayero University Kano, Kano state University of Science and Technology (KUST) Wudil, Northwest University Kano, Federal College of Education Kano as well as Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education, the participating students were selected from Peace Clubs in their various institutions.
In his welcome remarks, coordinator of the unit Sagiru Ado Abubakar noted that it is one of the objectives of JOPIS to gather and sensitize the job-seeking youths on the entrepreneurship support opportunities as well as properly train them on how to succeed at job interviews, “you may have the qualification but lack the basic knowhow to succeed at interviews, the public sector cannot offer everyone a slot for meal ticket, as such some of us have to establish their own businesses and eventually employ others too, that is why we have a session on grants opportunities in this workshop to guide you on how to initiate business ideas and access startup grants, Sagiru added.
Three sessions were facilitated during the workshop, namely: Interview Techniques: How Best to Succeed at Interviews by Adamu Muhammad of Integrated Corporate Services Kano Regional Office, Enterpreneurship Support Opportunities by Sufyan Lawal Kabo of Digital Film Base Kano and CV Development by Sagiru Ado Abubakar of CITAD. The three sessions have extensively treated essential concepts that are capable of adding value on the graduating students. Commenting, a medical student of BUK Khadija Aliyu Adam said before attending the workshop her perception was that medical students can hardly benefit from entrepreneurship support, but the workshop has completely changed her mindset, also commenting Ahmad Tijjani Zubair of Agricultural Economics and Extension (another BUK student) said the workshop really opened his eyes to start practicalizing the business ideas he has.
It could be recalled that JOPIS has organized a similar workshop on 19th January this year for interns and volunteers of the organization. A total number of sixty (60) students participated in the workshop from the five tertiary institutions, the workshop ended with a closing remark offered by Senior Programmes Officer Kabiru Saidu Dakata of the Center for Information technology and Development (CITAD).