By Acayo R. Hope & David Okema
Hundreds of students who turned up for mentorship program organized by National Social Security Fund (NSSF) at Gulu University Main Campus early this week have applauded the organizers, arguing that those were the career guidance that most students lacked.
The mentorship that took place at the University Main Campus in Laroo division showed hundreds of student lining up to register on NSSF 0project dubbed “2019 NSSF-Monitor Career Expo”.
It is one of the countrywide activities of mentorship being done by NSSF in a total of 11 universities.
Brian Arube, a medical student at Gulu University said students should be able to learn beyond the courses they study especially on financial management.
He also asked NSSF to extend their outreaches to many institutions of learning such that graduates joining job market across Uganda is aware of how to manage their income and savings.
Ahessa Macklin also one of the students, noted that many people after graduating and getting job fail to manage their money which eventually affects their family, too.
She believes such career expo would guide students with discipline on how to handle finances and investment.
The NSSF Brand and Marketing officer, Lillian Mutungi, said they target to mentor over 30,000 students and register as many as possible so that once they graduate and get job, they begin to have their NSSF savings.
She noted that many Ugandans who graduates from University at their early ages fail to have their NSSF savings and by the time one starts saving, he/she might have wasted many years.
Mutungi also noted that the Career Expo is designed to prepare students for work place and equip them with skills and knowledge to increase their employability as well as cultivate the spirit of entrepreneurship.
This year is the 8th edition and is taking place in the universities such as Makerere, Nkumba, Ndejje, Kampala International University, and Makerere University Business School, Kyambogo, Mutessa I University and Gulu.