The National Security Fund (NSSF) is targeting over 20,000 students from five leading universities for its annual career expo which kicked off at Makerere University last week and will end on May 29 writes SHARON KYATUSIIMIRE.
NSSF want to impart the necessary career and entrepreneurship skills that will help them when they leave school and start looking for employment opportunities.
But they will also be encouraged to take up the culture of saving as a way of reducing poverty in Uganda.
According to the NSSF Deputy Managing Director Geraldine Ssali Busuulwa, the idea for the expo in different universities came up four years ago after realizing many people felt saving with NSSF was a burden. She said most Ugandan graduates lacked the basic skills like confidence, integrity and being knowledgeable which renders them unfit for employment.
“This is an opportunity for all finalists and even continuing students. In addition to gaining career training and entrepreneurship skills, the students have an opportunity to register with NSSF so that when they get employment, they already have their social security numbers and do not have to register again. More so, there are different employers that will attend the expo, students have a chance to interact with the employers and understand what is needed from them in the job market” she said.
She said, “They are a lot of business ideas that have not been exploited in Uganda. The cry from university graduates that there are no jobs in Uganda is overstated, if students are given the right knowledge and skills when they are still in schools, creating jobs for themselves in Uganda isn’t hard. Students need to be positive.”
Makerere University Vice hancellor, prof. John Ndumba Ssentamu “Such an expo is a good initiative that should happen often in higher learning institutions. Most lecturers are more concerned about the academics of students and most students don’t get a chance to experience what it is like in the job field.”
Source : East African Business Week