Working Without Passion Is Like Living Without Purpose
Mr. Gbubemi Fregene aka Chef Fregz, is a successful chef in Nigeria but he says his career is something he was passionate about as far back as his days in secondary school.
He had developed interest in cooking and was determined to earn a living from doing what he enjoys.
Back in the days, career choices were made with the guide of an expert, but these days, students or parents are left to pick what is available.
Most parents do not see the need sometimes to let an expert guide theie wards, as he or she pursues a career.
There is, however, an effort to turn the tide and Nigerian Breweries/Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund is addressing this through its Beyond the School initiative.
Several students from public secondary schools gathered on Thursday in Lagos at this year’s edition of Beyond the School, and a Senior Consultant with Thistle Praxis Consulting, Emilia Asim-Ita, addressed the students on how to pursue their career choice to a successful end.
"Focus on your abilities and talents in order to take advantage of opportunities in your chosen career,” she said while speaking on Personal Development and Career Facts.
"Career choice should be hinged on passion," she emphasised while addressing the participating students to read wide, cultivate mentors and ignore distractions.
"The knowledge you now have will help you find disciplines that you are passionate about. You also have to develop the skills needed to succeed in those disciplines,” she said.
The Managing Director of Bestman Games, Nimi Akinkugbe, also gave the students personal finance tips on saving, investing and spending.
"Be diligent, prudent and keep good company," she urged them.
The Corporate Affairs Adviser of the Nigerian Breweries, Kufre Ekanem, said Beyond the School initiative was introduced to complement other initiatives of the company targeted at the education sector.
"Beyond the School is designed for senior secondary school students in public schools to expose them to career options and factors they need to consider before making a career choice."
Ekanem also advised the students to take advantage of the career guidance information provided to them, which is in line with best practices, to achieve their full potential.
This year’s edition drew students and teachers from Iponri Estate Senior High School; Stadium Senior High School; Onitolo Community Senior High School; Iganmu Senior Secondary High School and Adebola Baptist Senior High School, all in Lagos Education District Four.