Equip yourselves to be relevant-Prof. Mireku urges university graduates

The Chairman of the University of Cape Coast Governing Council, Professor Obeng Mireku, has charged university graduates to equip themselves with relevant expertise that will enable them to meet present day demands of the job market.
He said the rapid pace at which the world was moving required graduates who were result oriented and were ready to offer solutions to current challenges confronting society.



“With the current trends we are seeing, it would take people who are critical thinkers and innovative to survive and man relevant institutions.”

He was speaking at a two-session congregation for students at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) last Wednesday.

A total of 2,156 students from the College of Distance Education were awarded with degrees and diplomas in various disciplines.

Prof. Mireku noted that individuals with low adaptability may struggle to catch up with revolving trend that was holistically affecting all aspects of life with education being inclusive.



He urged graduates to go beyond what they learnt in school and acquire different expertise to increase their value on the job market.

He further urged the youth to be critical thinkers and innovative in addressing challenges confronting society.

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The Vice-Chancellor of UCC, Professor Johnson Nyarko-Boampong, for his part urged the graduates to put to practical use the knowledge they had acquired in both innovative and entrepreneurial way, adding that it would add up to the entrepreneurial journey the school hoped to embark on.



He said students were graduating at a trying time the world was confronted with a deadly pandemic.

“We are stuck in an era where even when the pandemic leaves us, there will be no option but to be innovative and entrepreneurial to sustain society,” he emphasised.

Some graduates who spoke after the session expressed pessimism about what their fate would be on the job market, saying they had very little hope of becoming gainfully employed after graduating.

They, however, appealed to relevant stakeholders to make available support systems for individuals who had business ideas to help materialise their dreams.


A graduate, Ms Cynthia Kpeku, who spoke to the Daily Graphic said “we are confronted with the challenge of unemployment even before we graduated and we do not know what the job market has for us.

We are only hoping that there would be support for those of us who would venture into the entrepreneurial community.”

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