The AHI Information Education and Communication Unit organized a Career Day for young people on 28th February. The programme was aimed at equipping young people with relevant information about different careers in order to facilitate informed choice of a career among in-school adolescents. It is also aimed at linking young people to mentors who are role models in the profession.
The guest speaker for the day, Dr.Funke Jibowu of the Community Health Department, Lagos Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, addressed the students about the medical profession. She informed the participants about the relevant subjects one must have good grades in and the different fields of medicine. She also spoke about the prospects and challenges of the medical profession. In a question and answer session, the young people clarified some myths they had about the profession as well as other questions about their health. They wanted to know more about how a person’s blood group is determined, whether an 8 year old girl who had pimples on her face had reached puberty, and the difference between deodorants and antiperspirants and their side effects.
The very educative session was “spiced up” with a drama presentation by the AHI drama troupe on “The right of the child to a choice of career.” There were also interactive discussion sessions on assertiveness and communication skills that would enable young people convince their parents about their career choice rather than the choice made by their parents which they are not interested in. A total of 105 students participated in the programme.