Establishing University-Based Career Centers in Africa

Advised a Nigerian company on an approach to establishing career centers at local universities

There are few good career service centers at universities in Nigeria that provide students with the soft skills set that enables them to demonstrate value to potential employers. sees effective university-based career centers as a means to address this skills gap and is passionate about driving a project with social impact that can address this social imperative.

GBSN provided advisory services to Jobberman, West Africa’s most popular job search engine, in order to develop a report that provided recommendations for a strategic plan, curriculum and structure to establish centers at African universities that enhance student skills in preparing and promoting themselves as market-ready employment candidates. The program’s objectives were to identify best practices in university-based career services offices and develop initial strategic recommendations based on an understanding of the current challenges and capabilities, and institutional objectives. Obafemi Awolowo University was identified as the pilot school. GBSN identified, contracted with and managed an international advisory board and student consultants to provide advisory services and developed the final report. GBSN coordinated communication between parties on the project and planned and executed a one-day workshop.