Coordinator of the Kufuor Scholars Program at the John A. Kufuor Foundation Dr. Pascal Brenya is urging young people to plan their lives carefully and not leave anything to chance if they want to succeed. He is urging them invest more time and energy in building good relationships and strong networks because these are crucial tools that can help them make great impact in this dynamic world.
He wants the youth to carefully draw up career plans with start and end dates as well as budgets before they leave school to guide how they want to build their future. He says human efforts are crucial parts of ensuring success, even if there are divine interventions.
Dr. Brenya who is a training and capacity building expert is also urging the youth groom themselves appropriately in how they speak and how they look as these are key to building good personal brands. He was speaking at an event organised by Kufour Scholars Program University of Cape Coast Chapter at the university premises on the topic: “What I Wish I Knew At Level 100.”
The purpose of the event was to impact students with outstanding skills and qualities to enable them recognise and take advantage of opportunities around them whilst they are still in school. The event also aims to empower young people to be more than just students but future leaders. Dr. Brenya urged young people to have a vision. He is urging them to volunteer their time for the benefit of society, learn second languages, join social networks, master a sport, learn vocational trades, join debate clubs, among others. He is also urging the youth to cultivate the habit of portraying respect and appreciation.
Prof. Justice Bawule who Dean of the University of Ghana Business School cautioned young people that their university degrees are not enough to help them succeed in life. He urged them to volunteer, spend time building a business idea, and undertake internships even if they do not earn money from such activities.
A similar event was held at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology organised by the KNUST chapter of the Kufuor Scholars Program on the same theme. Nathaniel Ntiamoah who is a senior scholar and member of the Kufuor Scholars Class of 2020 urged the students to take more interest in learning and understanding what they are taught in school, rather than focus on just passing exams.
Dr. Samuel Yaw Akomea who is patron of the KNUST chapter of Kufuor Scholars Program urged the students to “inspire before you expire.’’ Also present was the Head of the Human Resource and Organizational Development Department at the KNUST School of business Dr. Henry Kofi Mensah, among others.