Career Guidance: Students have been advised to have a positive outlook towards life, be visionary and outgrow existing biases to compete favorably in today’s stiff global market.
Addressing students during a Career Guidance Talk, the Director for Academic Affairs at Uganda Technology and Management university, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rehema Baguma appealed to students to be ambitious, daring, persistent and discerning to have a competitive advantage over other students in various institutions.
“The world has become a global village and you are competing with not only UTAMU students but students in various institutions across the world. It doesn’t matter where you come from or which schools you went gone to. What matters is your attitude towards life and your sense of innovativeness,” She noted.
Rehema also urged students to engage in research, acquire communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills and exploit online learning resources to improve on their academic performance. “A 21st century student is not expected to cram what they are given in class but rather identify how to apply the content to solve problems around them”, she revealed.
She highlighted lack of goals, low self esteem, peer pressure and involvement in early relationships as some of the barrier that divert university students from achieving their dreams. “Stay focused and don’t let anything distract you from achieving your goals. Make use of the resources and opportunities available to you to excel”, she added.
The career guidance event was held at UTAMU Student Resource Centre on Friday 25th July 2014 under the topic “Succeeding for a 21st century student”. UTAMU offers Career Guidance talks as part of its initiative aimed at helping students to learn better, acquire problem solving skills and make wise career decisions. The event was attended by a number of students offering different programmes in various disciplines at UTAMU.