Engineering Career Fair 2021 at the University of Nigeria Nsukka
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UNN Engineering Career Fair 2021 is an industry-academia program which aims to bridge the engineering skills gap in Nigeria between the academia and the industry, aligning engineering education to the needs of the industry. The Fair brought together engineering experts from different industries to enlighten and train engineering students, lecturers and graduates on the skills and expectations of the industry. In addition to the lessons and insights from these professionals, there were practical training workshops in modern and emerging technologies. It was a hybrid event with both physical and virtual participants.
UNN Career Fair was implemented as part of Engineering for Industry (E4I) project supported by Engineering X, an international collaboration founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering UK and Lloyd’s Register Foundation.
GOALS OF UNN CAREER FAIR 2021
- Equip engineering students and graduates with industry-relevant skills
- Inspire fresh engineering graduates to become entrepreneurs and job creators
- Introduce engineering students and graduates to modern and emerging technologies
- Prepare Engineering graduates for job application, interview and selection
- Create and strengthen partnerships between UNN and the industry
- Advocate for the review of the engineering education policy and curriculum
The UNN Engineering Career Fair 2021 was introduced by Engr. Dr. Ijeoma J. F. Ezika, Engineering for Industry (E4I) representative in UNN and the local organizer of the fair. Thereafter, opening remarks was made by Engr. Prof. E.S. Obe, the Dean Faculty of Engineering University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), through his representative Engr. Prof. Chigbo A. Mgbemene, the Associate Dean. Then the founder of Clintonel Innovation Centre (CIC), Tochukwu Clinton Chukwueke (an alumni of the faculty), made a brief presentation about CIC and Engineering for Industry (E4I) project.
The following trainings and panel discussions at the UNN Career Fair provided industry insights and skills for students and fresh graduates.
1. Machine learning
- Engineering Project Costing
- 3D Printing
4. Product Designing
5. CNC Machining
6 & 7. Laser Cutting & Engraving
8. Virtual Reality
9. Renewable (Solar) Energy
10. 3D Scanning
11. Soft Skills:
- Team work
- Critical/analytical thinking
- Emotional intelligence
- Scholarship applications
- Job interviews
Panel discussion topics
Day 1: Running an Engineering Business from Scratch: Lessons from the Field.
Link to recording: https://youtu.be/9rZ-LSwJvLk
Day2: Career in Energy (Oil & Gas) Sector: Opportunities, Pathways and the Future.
Day3: Is Engineering for me? Excelling in Non-engineering Sectors.
A publication on engineering career guide was distributed to participants at the fair. The publication contains career journeys and advice from Nigerian engineering professionals working in different industries across the world. It clearly outlines the skills most needed in the industry & practical steps for students and fresh graduates to prepare for a successful engineering career. It has a foreword by the Dean of Engineering, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN). Posters of the guide were pasted on the walls for participants to read and learn. The e-book version of the publication can be downloaded here: https://bit.ly/E4Icareerguide3
The 2021 UNN Engineering Career Fair by Clintonel Innovation Centre (CIC) – a solar powered STEM Centre, Nigeria’s first Makerspace (Engineering Tech Hub) and Hardware Startup Incubator, in partnership with Faculty of Engineering University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN).