On 13th March 2018, the Mastercard Scholars Program at Makerere University together with Counselling and Guidance Centre organised a Career day to guide students in their final year of study on how they can effectively prepare themselves for the competitive job market in the world. Officially opened by the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the well-attended event aimed at ushering finalist into the world of work as well as providing a platform for students to understand the employment trends in Uganda under a theme: “understanding the employment environment in Uganda.”
In a speech ready by the Dean of Students Mr.Cyriaco Kabagambe, the Vice Chancellor thanked the Mastercard Scholars Program at Makerere University and Counselling and Guidance Centre for their commitment to prepare students as they transit from an academic to an employment world.
“Makerere University is interested in preparing its students for the world as change agents, good workers, great entrepreneurs and great leaders. As the University we want to enhance our partnership with the private sector so that we learn from each other and make the world and Uganda a better place,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor mentioned that for years, the world has produced more young people who are eagerly looking for employment opportunities. He also noted that many young people get anxious when they think of work after university. The anxiety is understandable but can be avoided when students are prepared to face the world of work.
“Makerere University is proud when its alumni are successful. Opportunities like these where you receive employers to speak to you are very important and should be cherished. Take time to listen to these speakers, interact with them, ask questions and follow them up after today. All these speakers were once like you. They want you to be like them and even do better than them,” he stated.
“The truth is, there are few jobs and many job seekers but there are also few people who do well at work. The world needs excellent entrepreneurs and there are thousands of opportunities which you need to harness. I can guarantee you that if you are found to be a good worker, employers will be looking for you, if you have the needed skills, you will enrol in the job industry much easily,” he added.
Dr. Fred Muhumuza, a Lecturer at the School of Statistics and Planning; Makerere University advised scholars to always be open to job opportunities with regardless of their academic specialisation. In a presentation on the employment trends in Uganda, Muhumuza said that the employment trends in Uganda have been totally changed by the highly evolving technological trends, high migration rates, increasing population and increasing rates of the educated people. He therefore, encouraged students to utilize each and every opportunity and equip themselves with skills that will attract the employers’ attention to add them to their employment lists.
“The employment environment has been narrowed down due to the growing technologic evolution, unemployment is a problem to the youth but also a problem to the old. Human labour has been replaced by machines, Apps among others. We therefore need to revise means on how we can stay relevant on the job market. Be multitasking, multilingualistic and have unique skills,” he emphasised.
Taking students through the different employability skills, Mr. Joachim Masagazi, the Organisational Development Manager at MTN Uganda, encouraged students to always find a niche in the competitive market. He urged students to acquire skills that would go beyond their experience and academic qualification. “Attain skills that will support your getting and keeping the job. Skills that will build your personal brands in the employment environment. You must have your own brand, if you don’t, it will be very difficult to be employed. Have skills that support you to create your own opportunities,” he said.
Mr. Masagazi also advised students to always be knowledgeable and have the capacity to articulate issues that develop the sector. He encouraged them to make strong and relevant decisions that will map their career. He called upon all students to be innovative, proactive, creative and critical thinkers.
“Always have unique new ideas, be original, think out of your boxes, and aim at solving problems. Stay focused and carry a sense of credibility, integrity, reality, honesty.Accept your status and do not be greedy. We must have a positive attitude if we are to be employable. Avoid complaining and gripping at almost everything,” he said.
Dr. Eunice Naigaga Adubango, a successful entrepreneur and an expert in engineering, said that students need to be competent and informative. Through her personal experiences in academia and business, Dr.Adubango who owns a Food Company and an Engineering Firm said that students need to understand the company or business to which they are applying.
“When you are applying for a place, give yourself some time to find out about your potential employer. Read up about them online: check out their website and find out what reputable news sources have to say about them. Who are their customers and who are their competitors? There are places where your competence will speak so loudly that blood will not speak against it. You should be observant and use your eyes and ears to help you open opportunities,” she said.
According to the Coordinator of MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University Dr. Florence Nakayiwa, students should acquire requisite knowledge and skills and have a positive attitude towards work if they are to have a competitive edge in the world of work. She thanked the facilitators for the informative sessions and equally thanked the organisers for the successful event.
The Manager-Counselling and Guidance Centre, Makerere University, Mr. Henry Nsubuga encouraged students to stay healthy and free from problems that will deter them from achieving their goals and objectives. He encouraged them to utilize the counselling and guidance service to build a healthy and wealthy mind.
Article by Mak Public Relations Office.
4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors
In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.
MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.
- Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
- Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
- Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.
Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors
Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.
Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal
There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.
How to Apply
Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at]murbs.mak.ac.ug and copy to wilber.naigambi[at]mak.ac.ug no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.
MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.
NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.
Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.
Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University
7th June 2021
All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
RE: CLOSURE OF MAKERERE UNIVERSITY
Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.
During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.
Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.
Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council
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