For the first time in Calabar, graduates with physical disabilities had an after-school orientation which was geared towards preparing them for life after school and guiding them in the course of job search, and employment habits. This event was organized by the Initiative for Youths with Disabilities Empowerment and Advancement (IYDEA) Nigeria in partnership with the American Corner Calabar and iKapture Networks. It was tagged “IYDEA Nigeria’s After-school Orientation for Special Graduates”.
It is very important for University graduate with special need to be more prepared for life after school which is very competitive in nature. Hence, without adequate preparation, the special need graduate may face even more complex problems while searching for jobs in the labour market. So for them to step up their game, they must learn how to write an attractive CV and cover letter, how to be ICT savvy, job searching skills, interview and employment etiquette and more importantly, they must learn a skill that could make them self-employed. The participant had the following sessions:
- CV/Cover letter writing- Juliet Ufot
- Self-development/awareness- Mr. Jude Ogar
- Entrepreneurial Skills- Esther Keshi
- ICT – prospects for persons with special need – Mr. Aquila Ndem
- Employment Etiquette – Mr. Martin Martin.
The program was delivered in English language and also interpreted in the American Sign Language by Sam Martins and Solomon Ekanem.
Graduating students with physical disabilities feel a strong need for belonging and ought to be empowered for survival after school. Organizations need to be more open on employing persons with disabilities because despite their disabilities, there are abilities and talents unseen.
The following were participants’ feedback :
“This is what we need to survive after school”
“IYDEA Nigeria please be our voice to the government and the world at large”
“This program have taught us how to fish and we are willing to teach others in our position how to do the same”
“This is the most impressive and impacting orientation I’ve received in my life and it would not be forgotten in a hurry”
“Words cannot express my gratitude for this program, Thank You IYDEA Nigeria!”