Mr. Casely Ato Coleman, an HR & Organizational development practitioner has called on graduates to define their personal value proposition in order to confidently articulate the value they will bring to their organizations when they are selected.
Ato Coleman who is also an adjunct lecturer in HR at the University of Ghana Business School as well as Fellow, IMANI Africa made these observations when he delivered a lecture on Preparing For The Place of Work in a Time of Change for final year students of the Department of Political Science, University of Ghana, Legon as part of the practitioners series of the Department's program.
Mr. Coleman who majored in Political Science at the department in 1993, took the students through the concept, context, content and preparing for work. Sharing experiences from interview panels that he regularly participates across many sectors both locally and internationally, Mr. Coleman discussed trends in HR which were shaping employers expectations and informing decisions to select high potential and high performing talent.
He encouraged the final year students to strengthen their problem identification and problem solving capabilities with a strong focus on diagnosis, data gathering, analysis, presentation and developing solutions based models. He also admonished the students to build networks of relationships and influence through avenues like Linkedin and be creative and become proactive agents of transformation within their communities by engaging local leaders to identify and solve problems in order to start building a resume of accomplishments as they prepare for the labour market.
He took the students through emerging mega trends such as technology, artificial intelligence, change management, operational excellence, climate change and the SDGs and how these were significantly shaping the place of work. He also shared tools on how to develop a career plan, prepare a CV and adapt to different behavioral and skills competencies assessment methods.
He said many graduates were struggling to get employment because they were not well prepared to enter the labour market and called for a bridge between industry and academia as a corrective measure. The event was attended by over three hundred students and chaired by Dr. Bossman Asare, immediate past Head of Department of Political Science, University of Ghana and deputy commissioner of the Electoral Commission.