The Certificate! Make it count

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The Certificate-   Make it count

The place of Certificate

Definition   “A certificate is an evidence or document attesting to a certain fact in particular.

  • A degree is an award given based on completion of a series of requirement
  • Quality of a degree is influenced by the awarding institution, the process or mechanism supporting the degree, e.g years of program, sandwiched work experience etc

   What is   life without a degree?

  • Bill gate has no degree-the richest
  • Steve Job no degree-best CEO ….

What will a degree do to you?

Confidence, *higher earning potential* job stability *greater benefits etc

Certificates and Employability

Yes –   The right certificate will enhance your employability. There are no guarantees

Enablers –   Awarding institution, grade, relevance, work place skills-professional skill, work experience

Certificate and Skills

In Nigeria the degree certify certain level of skills and intellectual standard. The curriculum may not adequately address the work place skills requirement.

Skills  therefore  is a great enabler for any certificate to be truly useful. Usually the degree serves as the foundation while skill acquisition is continuous.

Therefore skills can make the degree irrelevant on the long run.

Facts about Degree

  • High fee paying universities offer higher quality certificates –ivy leagues, private Universities
  • Degree holders earn far higher than non- degree holders
  • Unemployment is lower by 50% with those having degrees
  • Cost of degree education is repaid within 4 years
  • There is 50% increase in job security

Challenges of Poor Grade (Degree)

  • Loss of esteem and confidence
  • Job discrimination
  • Exclusion from big employer jobs
  • May have to start at lower level
  • Degree may be abandoned altogether
  • There will be need to enhance it.

Make your Certificate Count

Employment vs. Employability?

  • Identify your other strength- personality
  • Higher level program
  • Professional certification-skills
  • Work experience to showcase skills

                                                Is it all over? No

There are other things learnt in the university that are still very useful

                                                    SESSION TWO (FEEDBACK DISCUSSIONS)

Trends in Employment

  • Fresh graduates did not reach required job skills, due to:
    • lack of preparation and experience
    • university/colleges are not preparing work ready graduates
    • education system too exam oriented
    • no skill content in graduate program (basic knowledge)
  • But there are high expectations from industries or employers
  • Increasing demand for higher level skills
  • Decline in manufacturing leading to increase in services and professional skills
  • Business innovation and small/medium business growth with graduates
  • Higher earning potential than non-graduates; less likely to be unemployed in the long run
  • Increase in waiting time to get meaningful job; need to adapt and commit to lifelong learning
  • Need for career management skills

Guides for Undergraduates

  • Selection procedure – emphasis on 2:1 (Upper Dip) result
  • Use of online tests – need for CBT skills
  • Academic results inadequate

60%- graduate jobs don’t specify subject discipline

10-15%- of opportunities for formal graduate training schemes

Guides for Undergraduates

  • Extracurricular achievement expected especially for “fast track schemes”
  • Internships growing
  • Issues with type of jobs graduate get into (under employment)
  • More graduates (15%) going for post graduate – but still no skill focus

What Employers are After




What employers want What grads think empl. want:


Interpersonal Communication skills
This is about how well you can communicate with others in and outside of the company, over emails & letters as well as in conversation.






Passion:  How much do you know about the industry?

How much drive do you have? How committed are you to the company ideals? How positive is your attitude?






Logic & technical skills
How good are your critical thinking and analytical skills? How well do you solve problems? Can you think laterally? What technical skills do you have?






Academic results:   How good are your marks?


    4     6
Work Experience


    5     2
Cultural alignment/values fit
Do your personal values align with those of the company?
Is your personality one that will mix well with others who already work there? 




Emotional intelligence
How aware of your own strengths and weaknesses are you? How confident or motivated are you?




Teamwork skills






Activities: What do you do besides study – in and out of university/college

Leadership skills

   9  10
Leadership skills   10  8