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TETFund Introduced Career Service Centre to Complement other Programs in Tertiary Institutions

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TETFund Introduced Career Service Centre to Complement other Programs in Tertiary Institutions

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) says it has in the year 2024 disbursement cycle, introduced the Career Services Center to complement other programs in tertiary institutions.

The Executive Secretary of the Fund, Sonny Echono, disclosed this at a One-Day Workshop on ‘Emerging Areas of Students Needs in Beneficiary Institutions’, in Abuja on Tuesday.

The Fund considers the establishment of these centers necessary for the development of students careers and their employability, which is the raison d’etre for establishment of tertiary educational institutions.

Career services centers have helped students in advanced nations to make informed decisions regarding their career paths, said Echono.

He further explained, the centers provide information for students on trends in the job market, opportunities, and requisite skills as well as linkages with the employment industries including the alumni of the institutions. They provide students with tools for self-assessment to identify their interests, strengths, weaknesses and prospects.

”Career centers further provide counseling, guidance, and support to all students. They help organize and facilitate education programs, workshops, seminars, and other similar programs to equip students with relevant employability skills to assist them search for jobs.”

”They provide transition resources by supporting resume building, application processes and interview preparation. It is in consideration of the significant role that career centers play in the career development of students of tertiary education that the Fund took the decision to incorporate it in the 2024 disbursement guidelines.”

He added, ”this workshop, an academic and practitioner in Guidance and Counselling has been selected to deliver a paper with the theme “Incorporating Holistic Approaches to Career Counselling that considers Students Personal, Academic and Professional Development Needs.’’

”Iam hopeful that his paper will not only throw light on the subject matter, but will also emphasize the significance of the centers and the services they are to provide for the benefit of the Beneficiary Institutions.”

”The workshop will further feature a presentation by the Strategic Planning Department on the TETFund Guidelines for accessing the Career Services Center intervention so that it hastens the processing time in accessing the intervention funds.  As a new intervention line, suggestions on reasonable and necessary adjustments in the guidelines are welcome.”

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