Enhancing Career Success: KNUST Publishing Studies Students Benefit from ACCESS Workshop

In a groundbreaking initiative, approximately 197 students from the Department of Publishing Studies at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have undergone specialized training to equip them for success in the corporate environment. The collaborative effort between the department and the African Centre for Career Enhancement and Skills Support (ACCESS) project aims to empower students and encourage entrepreneurial endeavors.

The ACCESS project, represented by the Coordinator for ACCESS in Ghana, Dr. Ralph Nyahu-Addo, orchestrated an engaging workshop focused on providing valuable insights and practical tips for navigating the intricacies of the corporate world. This initiative comes in response to observations by the department and industry stakeholders concerning the performance of new graduates in various professional settings.

This marks the inaugural ACCESS Virtual Workshop for students in 2024, showcasing a commitment to nurturing the next generation of professionals. The Deputy Managing Director of Angel Group of Companies, Boasiako Kwaku Duah, served as one of the distinguished speakers, emphasizing key principles for success in a competitive corporate environment.

During the workshop, Duah underscored the significance of building relationships, adaptability, hard work, and honesty as foundational elements for achieving success. Effective communication, time management, and goal-setting were also highlighted as essential skills for advancing one’s career.

“The journey starts after graduation. A first-degree gives you the ability to reason. Right after national service, you start looking for a job if the company you did your service with does not retain you,” shared Duah.

He further advised participants to thoroughly read and understand employment contracts, emphasizing the importance of apprenticeships for skill development in real-world business scenarios. Integral to the workshop was guidance on maintaining integrity, seeking knowledge when in doubt, fulfilling financial obligations, and practicing modest expenditure.

The event concluded with a citation presentation from ACCESS to the guest speaker and a portrait crafted by a participating student, adding a personal touch to the program. Supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, DAAD, and the Excellence Centres for Exchange and Development (EXCEED), the ACCESS workshop stands as a pivotal step toward preparing KNUST Publishing Studies students for successful and fulfilling careers in the corporate landscape.