By Bernice Bessey .
A youth-oriented and not for profit organisation, Foundation for Generational Thinkers (FOGET), has engaged final year Junior High School (JHS) students on a career guidance and counselling session to enable them make better life choices.
The career counselling and guidance programme, dubbed “PASSCODE 2019”, was held in collaboration with the Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS) Greater Accra Zone ‘5’, and had over 40 schools and more than 800 students in attendance.
PASSCODE is an annual seminar organised on career counselling for Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates on “Unveiling the secret of Career Excellence.”
The President of FOGET, Prosper Dan Afetsi, speaking on the topic “Unlocking the greatness within you to impact generations,” helped the final year students to put into critical consideration the need to choose a career and why.
He, however, made it known to them that they must be careful with the kind of career options they will opt for, since technology is now dictating the pace of employment, and that, in a few years to come, many jobs like accounting, marketing, customer service and many others will become obsolete.
Mr Afetsi, addressing the anxious teenagers last Friday at Mamprobi in Accra, regrettably stated that despite all these changing phenomena, Ghana’s education system is not being dynamic enough to respond effectively and efficiently to the evolution.
Being startled about the continuous rise of unemployment circumstances, he said: “In [a] few years to come, some jobs will become obsolete and they will be no more in existence. Unfortunately, our education system continues to create more unemployment.
“Why? Because we are educated to search for jobs and not create jobs. The system is not helping us to develop our talents.”
The FOGET President, hence, urged the youngest to be considerate in selection of their careers and money, while prestige and fame should not be the sole determiner or motivation of their choices, but passion.
Mr Afetsi also cautioned them against selecting a life career outside their passion, as they can only put out their best when they are comfortable and believe in themselves, urging them to know that no talent outweighs the other.
The Chairman of GNAPS-Greater Accra Zone ‘5’ and Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Coordinator for Private Schools, Joseph Neequaye, on his part, indicated that BECE is the crossing bridge for JHS students to climb up the education ladder.
Mr Neequaye said most private schools draw their strength from the performance of their students, but that it was time the BECE scope is broadened beyond just guiding students to write and pass the examination, instead, they should be assisted to make the right choices in life.
To him, helping students understand what is ahead of them after the BECE is as important as preparing them for the basic examination.
Mr Neequaye urged parents to make time for their wards, and even take the effort to study and understand their children’s weakness and capabilities, in order to guide them with the selection of courses to be undertaken in the Senior High School.
Owner Michael Ackwerh, FOGET Programme and Media Coordinator, on his part, called for rejuvenation of the counselling units of schools, since most of the students seem to be confused on courses to pursue to earn their dream careers.