The 10th Career Info Shop Fair has been launched in Accra by the Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) to offer students internship opportunities in both technological and non-technological firms.
This year’s theme is “Securing a Future in a Technology Driven Economy.”
Professor Emmanuel Ohene Afoakwa, Acting President of GTUC, said the Fair’s main objective was to inform students on how to make relevant career choices and find exclusive avenues that were yet to be discovered.
“I encourage you to take full advantage of the Fair – Look into alternative ways to cultivate your career actively, engage with prospective employers to understand how their various industries work and learn about their requirements to enable you to prepare adequately to become part of their organizations,” he said.
Dr Ellen M. Hagan, the Chief Executive of L’aine Services Limited, in a keynote address spoke on how technological advancement partly contributed to the under-employment of skilled personnel.
She urged employers to adopt social security schemes, taxation systems, and ethical mandates to secure the welfare of their employees, adding that; “Advanced technology can be positive if we make it so”.
Dr Hagan commented on the necessity for the state to commit on using technology by capitalizing on the welfare of the youth and creating more jobs.
“We need to make the youth think that they all don’t need to get jobs, rather, they also need to create jobs for others.”
Mrs. Evelyn Asiedu, the Head of the Student Affairs Unit, said that the GTUC Career Fair, in 2015, was rebranded GTUC Career Info Shop, after it was realized that companies were reluctant to participate, citing their inability to take on interns.
Fifty companies, professional bodies and groups participated in the Fair including DHL, the National Communication Authority, Databank, Fidelity Bank, Société Générale, the Institute of Chartered Accountants, AirtelTigo, Vodafone, Surfline, and Jobberman Ghana Limited.