The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) in partnership with Daily Monitor have today kicked off a month-long career expo for university students countrywide.The expo, now in its 9thyear, is intended to prepare students for the work place, equipping them with skills and knowledge to increase their employability.
Addressing media at the launch of the expo at Makerere University Business School, NSSF Managing Director, Richard Byarugaba said that this year’s expo will focus on entrepreneurship and financial literacy to prepare them to be financially independent.
Under Financial literacy, students will obtain knowledge on Personal finance management with topics that include Debt Management, Positioning oneself for higher Pay, and Habits of the financially intelligent.
“This is in line with the NSSF’s overall Financial literacy program, where we offer professional financial and investment advice to our members to enable them make better decisions when they get their retirement funds. We have therefore tailored the program to be relevant to university students during the expo.” Byarugaba said.
Other topics for discussion at the expo will include Self-start ups, a session on Today’s job market and career advice from the best employers in the country.
The Expo will be held in 11 universities countrywide at Makerere University Business School, Kyambogo University, Makerere University, Ndejje University, Nkumba University, YMCA, Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi, IUIU, Gulu University Mutesa 1 University and Bishop Stuart University.
The Nation Media Uganda Managing Director, Tony Glencross said, “The expo gives us an opportunity as media tobring to life the career advice we give weekly through our Friday paper. Through this platform, we are able to have an interactive session with our readers, especially the university students, to prepare them for the job market and life after university.”
Speakers lined up for the interaction with the students include financial literacy experts, employers from top organizations,and proprietors of successful local investments.
Over 10,000 university students are expected to attend the expo countrywide this year.