YAOGA Mentors Students To Strive For Excellence In Career Development

Students of Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ Senior High School (YAGSS) have been advised to keep to the ideals of the school to help maintain its enviable reputation.

They should demonstrate discipline, courtesy and responsibility in their academic endeavours as they aspire to be women of substance worthy to spearhead the society’s growth.

Mrs. Marie-Louise Simons, a legal practitioner, asked the students to be conscious of their potential and strive to work assiduously in harnessing their God-given talents.

The sky ought to be their limit, she observed, and entreated the students to take a cue from how some old students had defied the odds as women to establish strong presence in varied fields of human endeavour.

Mrs. Simons was addressing students of YAGSS at an orientation, held at the school’s premises at Tanoso in the Kwadaso Municipality of the Ashanti Region.

The programme was organised by the Yaa Asantewaa Old Girls Association (YAOGA), with the objective to inspire the students of their alma mater to strive for excellence in their career development.

It was meant to sensitize the students to embrace good attitudes and moral behaviours, which were critical factors in defining their future and success in life.

The students were taken through the challenges and prospects associated with their career development, career guidance and counselling.

According to the legal practitioner, a low self-esteem could be a barrier to achieving one’s potential in life, saying the students ought to be optimistic in whatever they do.

She tasked them to build the needed self-confidence and always develop a positive mindset in their academic activities.

Ms. Felicia Amankwah, a Senior Assistant Registrar at the Quality Assurance and Planning Unit, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), took the students through the various programmes and courses at the University and their job prospects.

In her presentation, the Senior Assistant Registrar reminded the students that the sort of programmes they intend to pursue at the university could define who they become in future.

Consequently, they should be guided to take up programmes that were in tune with their interest and strength.

Ms. Amankwah inspired the students not to shun the sciences, saying programmes relating science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) were no longer considered as male-dominated fields.

Ms. Georgina Sarkodie Mensah, Head of the English Department, Prempeh College, said the students should take the English Language seriously in order to develop their communication skills.

Ms. Grace Asamani, Headmistress of the Ofoase SHS, took the students through the dangers involved in leading a promiscuous life.

Ms. Akua Konadu Kankam, President of the Kumasi Chapter of YAOGA, said the old students would continue to engage the students in order to inspire them to strive for excellence in their career development.

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