Despite the current economic recession in the country, companies continued to look for talent at the 14th MBA Career Fair held at Lagos Business School today. As MBA students prepare to graduate in March, the fair was organised to give them the opportunity to interact with interested companies as well as seek internship positions – for the first year students.
The participating companies and students were welcomed by the Dean of LBS, Dr Enase Okonedo and the MBA Director, Dr Uchenna Uzo. Both members of the LBS Management Board took turns to thank and assure the participating companies that they had made the right decision to hire talent for high performance.
The keynote address, given by Charles Anudu, CEO, Swift Networks, was hinged on the importance of entrepreneurs taking advantage of opportunities in a recession. “Entrepreneurs pursue opportunities relentlessly, they make an effort and don’t wait for opportunities to come to them, you need to be able to capture opportunities in a recession “he said.
Representatives from most of the companies expressed that they had high expectations and were hopeful to identify talent that will be a good fit for their organisations. Adesuwa Nwokedi, Head, Strategy, Vurin Group, shared “Lagos Business School has a reputation of churning out quality graduates year after year. I have had the opportunity and privilege of working with their graduates as far back as 4 to 5 years ago” she said.
A number of LBS MBA alumni students also participated in the fair as recruiters and representatives of their organisations. When asked how it felt to be back, Oluwatosin Adegun, Senior Client Executive, Nielsen Nigeria (MBA 11) said “It feels great to be back. It is like coming back home, I spent two years of my life sitting here till about 9pm every day, it is always good to come back and meet people. This was a starting point for me at a certain time in my life. There was a lot imbibed in me while I was a student of Lagos Business School; the culture of ethics, culture of hard work, the notion of becoming a better person and being a change agent wherever you find yourself”.
The companies that participated in this year’s career fair include: Airtel, Gr8 Jobsng, Stanbic IBTC, BOSCH, Nielsen, ARM Limited, Brownstone Education and Immigration Consulting, Dow, Vurin Group, Saro Agro sciences, Godrej, Lafarge, Nestle, Ideas House, Total, The Boston Consulting Group, Unilever, Dalberg, GTBank, GE and BASF.