The Women in Surveying (WIS) in the South West recently organized a career talk for more no fewer than 70 pupils, advising the girls to be bold enough to choose any career of their choice.
This is just as they also donated items to an orphanage, the Oluyole Cheshire Home Ibadan.
The career talk, tagged, “1st Edition of the South West Regional Joint Career Talk”, according to the Western Coordinator of WIS, Mrs. Rebecca Akinde, was to assist secondary school students with what it entails to be a registered surveyor.
She said: ‘This is the first of its kind. In the past, people believed a woman’s office ends in the kitchen, but things have changed. We want to enlighten these students that they can be who they want to be and that they can also be surveyors. Women are now occupying important positions. You can be a registered surveyor and have your own company. You can be a civil servant and rise to the post of surveyor general, deputy surveyor general or be a lecturer, even as a female. We have females who are occupying positions at the national levels.
“So, we want the students to know that there is something called surveying. As for me, I was not aware that there is something called “Surveying”. I just found myself there as destiny would have it, and I am enjoying it.”
Urging the pupils to take career planning serious while still in secondary school, Akinde said: “Students should plan their career. They need to have road map for their lives so that they will not derail. Career plan is important for everybody, especially females. It is easy to rise to the top in They should also find mentors to guide them.”
On how to become a surveyor, Akinde said: “To be a Surveyor, you should first be a science students, and pass five subjects at credit level which include English, Mathematics, Physics, Geography/ Biology and any other related subject. You won’t regret being a surveyor.”
At the event were Chairman Nigeria Institution of Surveyors (NIS), Oyo State, Surveyor Aderemi Kobiowu, immediate past Chairman of NIS in Oyo state, Surveyor Shiyanbola Olaribigbe, House of Assembly members; Honourables Bamidele Adeola, Olusola Owolabi, Peter Oyetunji, Akintunde Emmanuel and Razak Mabaje among others.
Schools of participating pupils include: Isabatudeen Girls Grammar School, Bashorun; Anglican Commercial Grammar School Orita Mefa; Methodist Junior Grammar School, Bodija; Sankore College and Ikolaba High School, Ibadan.
Oyo state Coordinator of WIS, Mrs. Toyin Rebecca Fowotade in her welcome address, advised the students to take their studies seriously and choose their careers well.
Fowotade said, “Women in Surveying is a sub-group of NIS which comprises of all female Surveyors throughout Nigeria and that apart from ensuring that female surveyors demonstrate professionalism in tneir work, WIS aims to “to propagate the gospel of Surveying through seminars, workshops, career talks, radio and television programmes etc to reach the public.”
She said the donation of items to the orphanage was part of efforts by members to give back to the society.