Lagos Business School full-time MBA 17 and 18 classes had the opportunity of pitching their unique skills and capabilities to top companies at the 17th edition of the annual MBA Talent Forum held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
Previously known as the MBA Career Fair, the Talent Forum is a biannual event organised by the Lagos Business School MBA Careers and Placement Office to bridge the gap between full-time MBA students and companies across industries in the country. Through the Talent Forum, students, meet, interact and establish professional relationships with recruiters from these companies.
Keynote Speaker and Country Manager, Google Nigeria, Juliet Ehimuan spoke on the impact of technology on human interactions in sectors like health and agriculture across Africa, and the place of Google in this transformation.
Ehimuan said, “We are seeing how technology is transforming lives across Africa through Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, thus making millions of lives better. I believe that Africa’s biggest challenges will not be solved with traditional methods of the past but with cutting-edge technologies that are cost-effective”.
Introducing the students to recruiters, Lagos Business School Dean, Professor Enase Okonedo said, “We attract the brightest and best minds to our programmes and we seek to strengthen the attitude and values they already possess. This we do in addition to imparting in them knowledge to be high performing managers in Africa. We remain focused on developing responsible leaders for Africa but beyond leaders who possess high business acumen, this must be individuals who have the right attitude and values who see leadership as a service to community”
Following the industry presentations by some of the students, Managing Director, United Capital, Babatunde Okeniyi said, “Nigeria is currently going through the brain drain phase and for us as a business, getting the right candidates to fill certain vacant roles has been challenging. Participating in the LBS MBA Talent Forum and interacting with these bright minds has opened us up to the possibility of hiring the right talents to fill these roles”.
Other recruiters also expressed satisfaction with the quality of candidates turned out by LBS, their grasp of the critical problems faced in various industries and their ability to proffer practical solutions to these problems.
Participating companies at this year’s event include KPMG, Dow Chemicals West Africa, Nigerian Breweries, Godrej, Bain and Company, BASF Nigeria, Moet and Hennessy, UAC, Ernst & Young, Sahara Group, Coca Cola, among many others.