Make A Difference, Victoria University Students Told

Students listen to  a facilitator at the career day COURTESY PHOTOS Students listen to a facilitator at the career day

Today’s youths are faced with a myriad of challenges in their quest to find a footing in a competitive modern society that requires enormous strategic planning, grooming and making of spot on choices and decisions.

However, experts believe that how one ends up in life is solely a combination of the choices they make in their youthful days, the education path they take, careers they choose and lifestyle to live.

In preparation for the kind of adult members of society they want to become, students of Victoria University had a chance to hear and learn from people who have been there, done it and came out on the top.

This was during a one day career day hosted by the University at their Jinja road campus located in the heat of Kampala. The event was hosted under the theme ‘Student of the Future’ 

Musolini, Dr Kitaka and Andrew Mwenda facilitated the career day event at Victoria University

The career day was facilitated by seasoned journalist and founder of The Independent Magazine Andrew Mwenda, renowned speaker Ethan Musoloni, and Makerere College of Health Sciences Mulago professor Dr. Sabrina Kitaka.

James Sakka, the Executive Director of National Information Technology Association (NITA-U) also addressed students who attended the career fair. Over 200 students attended the event that aimed at shaping their career choices.

Dr. Sabrina Kitaka speaking to students at the career day encouraged them to work hard in silence and let their success make the noise. She counseled that chasing a goal without a plan is just a wish.

The Makerere College of Health Sciences Mulago pediatrician said students must be flexible, look after their lives and be “students who make a difference for others” in society adding that students should plan their future carefully and know exactly what they want to be in life.

In his opening remarks, Dr Stephen Isabalija, the vice chancellor of Victoria University, told students that the responsibility to determine their future was in their hands. Musoloni, who has made his name as a motivational speaker scorned that ‘if you have 9 poor friends you are bound to become number 10’ an implication that the kind of friends matter a lot in shaping one’s future.

Musolini, Dr Kitaka, Isabalija and a student pose for a photo at the career day event

“You always have to work hard for your future, emphasize being known for something and be different.” Musoloni told students. “Young people want all the good things in life but they don’t want to get up and work to achieve it. A farmer does not sit and wish for harvest but goes to the garden and cultivating.” He added.

In his address before students, Andrew Mwenda, a journalist and entrepreneur, advised students not to define success basing on money but "on the passion that drives you." He urged students to build their own image but not to imitate successful people.

Dr. Kitaka despised students who spend much of their time on social media doing nothing instead of paying attention to activities that can change their lives for the good. She warned of the threats that technology advancement pauses to young people.

“Young people are absorbed in Facebook, WhatsApp. They are addicted to social media. Some of the Masters students that I teach hardly concentrate on what I am saying because they are stuck on their phones.” She said.

Victoria University students listening to NITA-U Executive Director James Saka

James Saka the ED of NITA-U encouraged students to purposefully use technology because ICTs has grown to become a big resource for information especially for school going youths.

“Today, the internet is a source of information but young people continue to misuse it instead of acquiring more knowledge to use in their academic work. Some other creative youths are using social media to do business and engaging in work that pays them like social media marketing,” Saka stated.

He however was quick to highlight the security risks involved when technology especially social medias are misused. He warned of internet based fraudsters who are out to con unsuspecting people.

Last modified onTuesday, 31 May 2016 09:19

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