The University of Sierra Leone (USL) is set to market its graduands through a Job Fair that will enable students from the constituent colleges and potential employers to interact and know what they offer.
This information was disclosed by the Public Relations Officer of the University of Sierra Leone, Lola Aforo during a press conference held at the University premises on Wednesday, September 25, 2013.
According to Madam Aforo, the job fair is a forum for the empowerment for young people that are graduating from the university to enable them learn more about organizations, what they offer and how to network with employers.
Aforo stated that the limited knowledge of graduates about the operations of different organizations and parastatals that exist in the country is one of the factors responsible for the high rate of unemployment.
She explained that knowledge on the operations of organizations in the country will enable job seekers to ascertain their qualifications for potential jobs as some organizations do not normally advertise vacancies through the common electronic and print media and even if there are no vacancies but they might have other opportunities like internship or contracts that will enable graduates to acquire more experience.
Talking on preparations for this year’s job fair, Aforo explained that she had contacted over hundred organizations in the country and will continue to inform graduands to attend the program which is slated for October 2, 2013.
However, she lamented that most organizations had not been attending the previous Job Fairs with the excuse of not having vacant positions. Aforo stressed that the Job Fair is very important to both private and government organizations as it will enable them to meet with competent graduands that will provide better support.
Apart from employment opportunities, she stressed that the Job Fair will also provide opportunities for organizations to market their products and ideas to other institutions and potential customers.
She stated that most employers in developed countries normally stage Job Fairs whenever they require employees but such is not a practice in Sierra Leone. Aforo stressed the need for parastatals to be organizing Job Fairs.
She disclosed that some organizations including the United Nations Development Programme and the National Youth Commission have partnered with the university to organize the Job Fair because they had realized its essence. She urged other organizations in the country to partner with the University of Sierra Leone in the process.
Source | AWOKO