University Students urged to focus on Innovation and Jobs Creation.

University Students have been urged to make good use of available technology to not only ready themselves for work life but also use the same to make their professions better.

This candid advise is premised on the fact that technology can be adopted and used to improve products and service delivery in all sectors of the economy and life. 

Speaking at the ‘School to Work Spaces’ Career Guidance organized by TIG Network Afrika at Uganda Christian University (UCU), Kampala Campus on Tuesday 20th February, 2024, Amb. Damali Ssali, the Founder Ideation Corner and Women Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO) Ambassador to Uganda asked the students to leverage Technology to provide better services.

She noted that while everyone cannot be a techie, “we can all use Technology to improve the different products and services that we offer.” Amb. Damali gave an example of My Doctor; a health service provider that is using Technology to provide digital healthcare. She also highlighted how Legal Professionals are using technology to improve legal practice and Schools using the same to transform Education.

She further urged the students to select three good habits each and be very good at them. Such habits can be excellent time keeping, effective communication, excellent collaboration and reading and learning a new thing periodically.

This career guidance session was attended by students from UCU Kampala Campus and other neighboring Universities such as Ndejje, KIU, Team and Victoria University. Minus Amb. Damali Sssali, this career guidance workshop had several high-level speakers such as Prof Maggie Kigozi – a Ugandan business leader, medical doctor, consultant, educator, and sportswoman., Innocent Kawooya – CEO HiPipo, Hon. Katabazi Francis – The Kalungu East MP and Dr Patricia Achan – the Deputy IGG.

Speakers, one after the other underpinned the importance of hard and smart work, self-discipline, respect and collaboration as keys to having successful careers. They noted that the difference between success and failure may just be a happy face; advising students to be serious but also find time to play and positively engage with one another.

Discussing the transformative role of Innovation, Mr Innocent Kawooya noted that Innovation is the new normal as all sectors need new ways of doing things. Mr Kawooya noted that in the early days of Innovation, there always challenges and thus Innovators must always ‘celebrate every step they make, every success they attain’.

Dr. Maggie Kigozi underscored the significance of Jobs Creation noting that well as over 700,000 people join the job market every year, a huge majority of these remain unemployed as they are trained to look for jobs not create theirs. She tipped the students on Jobs Creation and never taking opportunities for granted.