Time and again, the African Leadership University (ALU) has been identified as being disruptive – and rightfully so. The ReImagine Talent Symposium 2016 serves as a fresh reminder of just how committed ALU remains towards building a concrete network between its students and potential employers.
As I arrived at ALU’s prominent Beau Plan campus, I felt that the uncertainty and excitement swarming the student body was but a hair’s breadth away from sweeping me with it. Faculty and staff were constantly on their feet as students slowly amassed inside the main building. There was a lengthy brief on the day’s schedule followed by a quick Q&A session. The uncertainty seemed to recede at this point, while the excitement soared as if to balance the atmosphere.
Following instructions, I sat in my assigned table anxiously awaiting the first batch of employers to begin the first of two industry deep dive sessions. Now that we (the students) were more isolated, I couldn’t help but imagine how isolated some of the employer’s must have also felt. My table was graced by a kind-spirited representative from ABAX – an international provider of corporate management and advisory services. Thirty minutes had passed by after which my peers and I had grasped a more specific understanding of the corporate services industry and about the company itself. It was definitely a rewarding and insightful experience for the employer as well since they learned about our passions and interests too.
It was quite rewarding and insightful. I got to learn a lot about several industries, different employers, their values, and how these values shape their impact on this world. I discovered a desire in me to understand and join an industry I would not have considered prior to the experience. This was big for me.
It was great that there was a variety of employers with different backgrounds from different industries.
My greatest success in the RIT symposium was being able to identify, understand and appreciate industries that appealed to my PICS (Passions, Interests, Causes, and Skills).
By Michael Muturi