Foundation engages students in career talk


Youths have been advised to embrace positive attitudes and work hard towards achieving their desired dreams in life.

Students listening to career talk session

Students listening to career talk session

Rasheedah Opera, Director of The Helpmate Foundation (THP), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), gave the advice at an interactive session held with some secondary school students on Wednesday in Lagos.

Opera, who is a Biology Education undergraduate at the University of Lagos, said that the career talk was in inspired by the need to build a better community of innovative youths in the country.

She said that THF was committed to helping young Nigerians discover their potentials, right from secondary schools.

The Principal of Zumuratul Islamiyah Senior School, Yaba, Mr Fatai Lawal, teaching staff and students of the school received the THF team, which organised the career talk.

The theme of the programme was: “Unveiling the Potentials of the Youth for a Better Community”.

It featured discussions on twoe topics: “Discovering my true self”  and “Living my Dreams”.

Speaking on how students could discover their true self,  the Editor of African Economic Magazine, Mr Oluwaseun Shoperu, told them to be optimistic about the future and follow due process in all their endeavours.

Urging them to take their education as their major priority, he warned them to shun  cyber crimes and all social vices that could hinders their dreams  in life.

Shoperu said, “Believe in yourself.  Imbibe the law of attraction which it’s tenets says your thoughts become things.  What you think about yourself you will become.

The lazy people are those who don’t want to experience failure.  When you have a setback, think of other ways to go and move on.

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“Don’t  give excuses.  Procrastination or giving excuses kills dreams and does not give you the opportunity to achieve your goal and full Potentials in life.

“Learn to consult people who have same aspirations with you.  Meet experienced people and mentor.

“Fear God; praying to God on regular basis and pray on your dreams  and aspirations.

“Negative people will only draw you back from achieving your Potentials,” he added.

Another facilitator and a Micro Biology final year student of UNILAG, Ibrahim Yusuf, counselled the participants on to achieve their dreams.

He urged them to always portray positive attitudes towards achieving their dreams.

“Ensure you know what is important to your dreams and learn from the people who have become successful in order to know how to navigate your ways to your dream land.

“You must must be able to have a great dream and set a goal for it.

“Self belief is very essential in achieving your dream in life.

“A realistic dream must be mindful of your your environment.  Identify the values of your environment,” he said.

Advising them to stabilise their personal lives and nurture their professional interactions,  he said,  “Allocate specific time to your dream daily.

Exemplify skills and make wise decisions; avoid distraction substance abuse.  Identify your strength and weaknesses and continue to develop yourself.”

Earlier,  giving his goodwill message,  the school principal,  Mr Lawal noted it was imperative for the pupils to rededicate themselves and show commitment to academic excellence.

He expressed the optimism that the programme will no doubt,  teach the pupils the concept of God and successful academic and professional career.

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The principal however,  who expressed his satisfaction of the career talk, promised to give adequate support to the development of the programme as he said the school would continue to collaborate with THF to facilitate logistics for the subsequent editions.


By Miftaudeen Raji,  Lagos



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