Fagil Mandy has cautioned university students to think of having extra ordinary skills in order to be employable. Mandy was speaking at a careers fair held at Kyambogo university on Friday 31st. 2014. In his topic of presentation, Mandy was answering the question; “What is wrong with today’s graduates”.
He noted that today’s graduates do not know how to keep time because most of them see no value in wearing watches. “Most students don’t wear watches and any university students who does not wear a watch is the most backward, you ask a student to tell you the time and he or she pulls out a phone. If you fail to manage five minutes of your life, there is noway you can appropriately plan for your future.”
University students lack income generating activities. “If you are at the university level and do not have any income generating activity, then you are wasted” Mandy noted. He advised students to always have financial intelligence so as to avoid over dependence on parents and guardians for everything.
The seasoned educationist further noted that the other wrong aspect facing today’s graduates is that majority of them do not have skills to sell. “Money comes out of skills and so do jobs. With this in mind, students should engage themselves in extra ordinary skills instead of concentrating on only one skill”.
Stand out and be spotted. When given an opportunity, list out skills that you can do…..And remember you can only be spotted if you have some extraordinary activity. Though you were killed by the system, you can wake up…”
Most graduates have failed to ask themselves the 8 questions that successful people ask and answer to succeed. Mandy said these questions include: What do I spend my thoughts and feelings on, What do I spend my energy on, What do I spend my time on, What do I spend my money on.
The career fair was attended by students from Kampala University, Makerere university, Makerere university business school, International Health Sciences University, Kampala International University, Makerere Business Institute, International university of East Africa including the staff and students of Kyambogo university.
Listen to Fagil Mandy’s full speech at the Career fair held at Kyambogo University.
Also See: Ethan Musolin’s motivational speech presented at a career fair at Kyambogo university