Parents and guardians have been advised not to impose their choice of career on their children and wards, but to allow them to freely make their choice of career and course of study.
Rather than influence the children’s career choice, parents should only guide and support them to develop their choice of career.
The advice was given during Professional/Career Day of Progress Schools, Oko-Oba in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, where professionals from diverse fields of endeavour assembled to mentor the students on how to choose career in life.
The Director of the schools, Mr. Babatunde Akinyefa, while flagging off the event, described the career day, which was the first of its kind in the school, as “one of the ways of guiding the students to make the right career choice.”
He further explained that though the students have been carrying out their class work through quality teaching by their teachers, the career day would go a long way in preparing, guiding and equipping them with practical aspect of the classroom work, especially how to make the right career choice without parents imposing career on them.
“With the various facilitators engaging, guiding, talking and encouraging the students, that will make them to change their thinking faculty and motivate them on the desired career choice,” he said.
On his part, the Editor-In-Chief of Dayspring Publishing, Lagos, Pastor Ifeanyichukwu Mojekwu said the event would go a long way in helping to sensitise the pupils more about their professional choice and aspirations.
He described the career day as “a right step in the right direction towards the development of the students,” saying it would also provide a veritable platform for the students to interface with the professionals and counselors, as well as to socialise and expose them to the outside world while still in schools.
Mojekwu, however, advised parents and guardians not to impose their choice of career, either because they are lawyers, doctors or engineers force their children and wards to pursue their career line.
“Parents should look at what their wards or children like to do best and help them to develop such career,” he added, saying journalist are well respected people in the society.
Meanwhile, one of the facilitators, Dr. Fadeyi noted that a programme such as this would go a long way to boost and motivate the morale of the students to become the best they could in the future.
“This is a good development on the part of the school management,” he added, and challenged the school to do more by given the students qualitative education and better moral upbringing, while the students should aspire to do more in order to become the best they can in future.
A banker from Skye Bank Plc, Mr. Edirin, who spoke on banking career, however, stressed that the programme would help the students to have direct contact with the professionals for them to know the career they want to go into better.
The students dressed in different professional attires to add colour to the event.