Report of the Third Stream of Yearly Students’ Vacation Job

Report of the Third Stream of Yearly Students’ Vacation Job
Since the inception of his administration, The Vice Chancellor, Professor Chukwuma Benjamin Ozumba has graciously approved the engagement of undergraduate students in the university for vacation job placement in different areas of the university. The aim of the exercise is among other things to afford the students opportunities to gain real life practical work experiences and at the same time help keep them busy during the long vacation as well as put some money into their pockets.
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The 2017 students long vacation job exercise started formally on the 1st of August, 2017 after a stringent selection/interview process. A total number of three thousand, five hundred (3,500) students applied to be engaged in the exercise. From the total number three hundred (300) students were selected. The process ran concurrently in the three campuses of the University, (UNN, UNEC and Ituku Campus). As usual, the Director, ICT/Innovation, Dr. Olisa Okeke and his team of ICT Management Staff through their innovative processes managed the entire exercise.
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The exercise lasted for two months, August through September 2017, with a two weeks leave towards the end to enable the participants refresh to return back to school. This year’s exercise was very significant in the sense that the participants experienced firsthand an industrial action. Despite the strike action, the participants derived good working experiences. Please see below some comments from some of the students who participated in the exercise.
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Finally, the 2017 vacation job exercise came to an end on Thursday 14th September, 2017 with closing ceremonies organized both in UNN and UNEC. At the closing ceremony in UNEC, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Enugu Campus was at hand to represent the Vice Chancellor while Professor Charles Igwe, Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, represented the Vice Chancellor in Nsukka. The ceremony show-cased brilliant presentations by the students who were divided into four different groups with each group given a topic to work on.  The topics covered were:
i. Topic 1:  Creating Wealth From Waste Materials (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)
ii. Topic 2:  Starting a Small Scale Agro Business Enterprise  (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)
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iii. Topic 3:  Starting a Small Scale ICT Business Enterprise (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)
iv. Topic 4:  Rebranding Nigeria’s Image in the International Community. (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)
A presentation on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Mgbemele, Bright Ugochukwu (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)
Also there was a presentation on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by Mr. Bright Ugochukwu Mgbemele. His presentation enlightened everyone on the need to care for our environment. There was a moment of light refreshment for the participants and a short drama to add colour to the event. The day ended with the presentation of certificate of participation to all the students involved.
Comments from some of the participants:
“The Vacation job for students was a success notwithstanding the strike and other challenges, it was quite an experience I would love to have again. I learnt discipline in the workplace and gained a lot of life experiences. We appreciate the Vice Chancellor, Professor Chukuwuma Benjamin Ozumba and all those who made this exercise a success”.
Ozeh, Precious Ngubechi
Dept. of Arts Education (History/History)
“I, Odoh, Chinedu Sampson, from the Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Physical Sciences, hereby give my unending praise and applause to the Vice Chancellor of UNN and most especially to the Director, ICT and his team for making this years’ vacation job a success. I had a great experience on administrative work in my place of deployment (Electrical Engineering). I learnt to be early to work and how to pay respect to my boss. I also thank the Director, ICT for making me popular among my fellow workers. Long live the VC, the Director and his team. Thank You”.
Ohoh, Chinedu Sampson
Dept. Mathematics
“Vacation Job has been a great opportunity for young people, preparing them for life after school.  Though new, it has been of great benefit not just to a few, both career-wise and financially. This years’ vacation job has trained its candidates’ in character and work-related issues.  The training spans through practical issues like punctuality, respect, communication skills, networking, PowerPoint Presentation and Work Ethics.  Even though the strike brought its challenges, the 2017 vacation job has been an amazing one and we remain grateful to the University.  We recommend that other institutions adopt this to produce tested and trusted candidates for the job market”.
Onuigbo, Amarachi
Medical Laboratory Science
“Having personally passed through the rigours and formalities and now a beneficiary of the UNN Vacation Job Programme, I sincerely deem it worthwhile.  It is indeed a treasure trove, and a noble academic voyage strictly meant to form, inform and transform and to serve as a preparatory ground for young minds to properly catch a glimpse of the vicissitude of being an employee”.
Ugwuanyi, Christian Tochukwu
Dept. of Economics
“Having been a beneficiary of the UNN vacation job for the second time in a row, I sincerely appreciate the VC, Director, ICT and every other person who in one way or the other made this year’s job a success.  It is second to none, not just organized to put money in our pockets, our future was also considered because it encompasses the acquisition of every other process needed to be effective and efficient as an employee now and in the future”.
Mgbemele, Bright Ugochukwu
Dept. of Economics