This Week: Ashesi Career Fair

A brand new week is ahead, and this is an especially exciting one with  Ashesi University College’s career fair  and  BlogCamp13 taking place.

The career fair is the most visible event where our students to meet corporate Ghana (and in some cases, the world) and vice versa, but I think it is just the tip of the iceberg of what Ashesi does in way of making our graduates employable.

The Career Services with competent Ophelia Sam at the helm invites employers to interact with the university directly, to accept vacation interns, to talk to our students. Every contact is followed up through visits, surveys or meetings. The feedback Ashesi gets from employers on what they are looking for is fed into the plans for the university and communicated to us lecturers.

Maybe that is one of the reasons to why I will be attending the fair on Tuesday, it matters to me too! Report to follow.

Nationally, there is a big debate on how graduates are not being employed, even after years of university education, See Joseph Quaye Amoo’s text here or Bayor Cephas Kanyiri’s analysis. The latter talks about “a very big gap between academia and industry” as a main cause for the unemployment of graduates.

What is the role of active career services in solving this problem?