The Venture in Management Programme (ViMP) ended on a high note last Friday, with students and facilitators recounting lessons learnt and great networking opportunities fostered.
In February, Lagos Business School announced its partnership with Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN), a non-profit educational organisation, to host this year’s event. ViMP, it would be recalled, is a one-week intensive programme aimed at introducing 50 selected members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to varying facets of business management.
This year’s programme, which was held from 22-26 April, included rigorous classroom sessions led by LBS faculty, case studies, panel discussions, study groups and recreational activities, during which participants presented solutions to different business problems. Case studies focused on Business Ethics, Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Strategy, Social Enterprise, General Management and Leadership, including community development projects.
Dr Franca Ovadje, LBS Faculty and Director, Centre for Research in Leadership and Ethics, had assured that “the ViMP will provide participants making major career decisions a unique learning experience” prior to the event.
Indeed, participants had fond memories to share and great stories to tell. Youthful Chukwuekem Chika Faith was almost short of words while explaining the gains of the programme. “It’s been an eye-opener. I’ve learnt from the experiences of so many professionals. I think on the basis of the experience, I’ve even realised I’m HR-inclined. I’m leaving LBS to add value any way I can because I have a robust network to lean on,” she said.
“I saw the link online and applied for it,” disclosed Amaka Uwadia, another participant. “Coming to LBS for the first time has been rewarding because of my exposure to topnotch facilitators. With my experience, I’m hoping to work with like-minded people to take this country forward.”