The 16th edition of the annual Lagos Business School MBA Career Fair held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at the Honeywell Group Auditorium of the School with 16 participating companies hunting for potential hires from the MBA classes.
The annual career fair is an opportunity for Lagos Business School’s MBA candidates to meet, interact with and establish professional relationships with recruiters from top companies across industries in the country.
The event, which is the second in the year, opened with a welcome address by LBS MBA Director, Dr Uchenna Uzo. He took the opportunity of his speech to explain that the decision to hold another edition of the Career Fair in 2018 is to ensure the MBA 16 candidates engage actively with companies before embarking on the international exchange programme in January 2019.
In her remarks, LBS Dean, Prof Enase Okonedo emphasised on the unique features of the School’s MBA and how it prepares candidates for impacting positively on organisations. She said, “Our pedagogy prepares students for three key things: problem-solving, adaptability & critical thinking, and communication; so I take it as a given that they will have the skills necessary to thrive in the organisations that seek them”.
She went on to formally present the students to the participating companies assuring them that they will find in each student all the skills earlier mentioned and more, especially in the aspect of ethical awareness.
Delivering the keynote address, immediate past Managing Director, UAC Foods, Mr Chidi Okoro enlightened the students on the key characteristics organisations seek in potential hires. He said, “As you go into the workplace, you are expected to add more value than your job description requires. You are to smartly challenge the status quo, be adaptive to organisational culture, impact and change the culture if need be, attract other top talents and demonstrate exceptional ability to fit into a role and progress in it”.
The students later moved on to the fair where they interacted with representatives of the companies most of whom were Human Resources managers and talent acquisition specialists.
Talent and Organisation Effectiveness Manager, Suntory Nigeria, Stanley Eluwa said the fair creates an opportunity for his company to connect with the great talents that LBS offers and also helps to make the Suntory brand more visible. On his experience working with LBS MBA graduates, Mr Eluwa said, “Every one of them has displayed core competencies that help drive value for the business. They come with strong behaviours, strong skills, and that is what we are looking forward to harvesting at the fair”.
Participating companies include Cadbury, Dow Chemicals, Total Nigeria, Godrej, Rand Merchant Bank, Guinness Nigeria, NASCON Alliance, Simba Group, Reckitt Benckiser, and more.