Freshers (new students) were encouraged to immerse themselves in campus life – take up leadership roles, join clubs, attend events and engage in internships and volunteering opportunities at an ‘onboarding’ seminar.

The aim of the event, organised by the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) and the Career Services Centre, was to welcome new students and familiarise them with the social and extra-curricular activities available on campus.

Career Services Officer Blessing Ngozi Dickson advised students: “Think of your four years here as a business venture and you as the business owner. Before you start any business, you need a business plan – a road map that shows where you want to go and how you will get there.”

Ms Dickson added that the key elements of a business plan were:

Vision statement – What do I want to gain here? What kind of student do I want to be?

Mission statement – How am I going to achieve this?

SWOT analysis – What are the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats to achieving my Vision?

Ms Dickson urged students to avoid common pitfalls such as lack of sleep, poor study skills, peer pressure and irresponsibility.

She encouraged students to discover themselves and build transferable skills – teamwork, presentation, research and communication skills – by joining clubs, socialising, networking and volunteering.

Ms Dickson also advised students to take up at least one internship a year, which could add up to a year’s work experience by the time they graduated.

Executives from the Christian Fellowship, Wizzy Choir, Rotaract Club, Francophone Students’ Association, the Nigerian Students’ Association and the Law Students Union introduced their associations to the new students and encouraged them to join.

Unibank, HFC and UT Bank were also on hand to offer students tips on savings, loans and opening of bank accounts.

Augustus Akuffo Darko, who is studying towards a Certificate in Business Studies, said: “The seminar was very enlightening. It really broadened our knowledge on school and career issues. I learnt about spending wisely, and that I need to know much about myself, and also to be careful how I utilise my time.”

For photos of the event, go to facebook.com/wiucghana

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