Tuesday, May 21, 2024

The story of Esther Hunkuten, a Masters degree holder in Environmental Biology, has shown the issues surrounding the education to employment system.

After her master's program, Esther worked as a Quantity Assurance Supervisor, which she did for some months before resigning for personal reasons and started volunteering with NGOs and running a business on the side. This wasn't giving her the financial satisfaction she desired hence she started applying for job opportunities she could find online and she also told families and friends to share opportunities that they know of. This made her dad send her the link to the WAVE training.

At first, she wasn't interested in the training because she felt the job WAVE was offering was an entry-level job for secondary school leavers but since she got the link from her father, she decided to go on with the training out of courtesy for him.

During the training, she realized that there is more to learn than what is being taught in schools. According to Esther, “the only soft skill I knew about was leadership skills. It was in WAVE I heard about Effective Communication, emotional intelligence, and other skill sets needed in getting a job”. She also enjoyed the networking class as she met intelligent people that she keeps in touch with to date. Her challenges during the training were having to get to the training center early every day and also the high cost of transportation.

Esther job shadowed at Golden Eagle Spa as a Waitress and Kitchen Assistant. It was quite a pleasant experience for her as she learned courtesy, how to serve customers, and how the backend of a hospitality business operates. 

After her job shadow, Esther worked at WAVE for 3 months as an intern where she also learned more about networking and how to effectively communicate with team members. After the internship, she got a job as an Admission Officer at Rainbow College.

She is grateful to WAVE for the opportunity she got but also the fact that the training prepared her for the interview for her current job. According to her, “during the interview, I already knew what they wanted and I was able to explain to them how my skills would help them achieve their goal. All this I learned through WAVE”. She is also grateful because, through her encounter with WAVE, she can financially support her family and sort out bills in a capacity she wasn't able to before.

Talking about her dream job, Esther said it doesn't have a title at the moment but anything around the environment, project, or product management space is what she is hoping to get as she feels that's where her skillset would come in handy.

Her advice to job seekers is not to give up in their pursuit for a job, rather upskill themselves with the necessary knowledge about the job they aim for so that once the opportunity, it becomes easier to command good pay.

To be a part of the training, check out our website; www.waveacademies.org


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Hon.Tunde Adeolu Adebayo
My Grand D, I'm proud of you, just keep it up Jesus is there for you, I've been praying on it that one of you will incorporate my family into JUDICIARY family, Glory be to GOD.
May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
You rock girl!
May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
Mrs. Adebayo
Well done my baby Lawyer 🥰
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Bunmi joel
Always proud of you girl ❤️❤️❤️
May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
Oyedeji Joel
I am very proud of you, my daughter ❣️❣️
May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
Wow. This is amazing.
May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
Ifeoluwa's admirer❤️
Her story is inspiring. I feel motivated. She is a young girl who at a tender age knows what she wants and she is working towards becoming her dreams.
May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
Salami Omotolani
I'm interested
May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
Mary Essien
I really love the transformation that Wave is causing in the lives of the young people. Mary's experience just stands out. She is more equipped to live. This and more is what young girls especially need to compete favorably in Nigeria. Apart from the people that are in Lagos state, how can youths from other states participate in this training? How much does the training cost? Before I go, I really appreciate the leadership of West African Vocational Education. God richly bless you. Thank.
May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
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I'd like to be there.
May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
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May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
This is inspiring!
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