Career Services Unit

Empowering Futures: Kaduna State University’s Career Services Unit is your launchpad to success, providing tailored support and resources to guide students and alumni toward their professional goals. #CareerSuccess #KASUCareers #EmpoweringFutures

Kantiok Shem Ishaku

Director

Welcome note

Welcome to the Student Career Services Unit at Kaduna State University! As Director, I’m dedicated to providing you with the resources and support you need for a successful career journey. Our mission is to empower you to achieve your aspirations through personalized counseling, workshops, and networking events. We foster an inclusive environment where every student can thrive. Seize the opportunities here to unlock your potential and reach your goals. Your journey to a fulfilling career begins now, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. Welcome aboard, and I look forward to celebrating your successes with you.

Warm regards,

Administrative Roles and Responsibilities

The Director of the Career Services Unit (CSU) at KASU oversees a diverse array of responsibilities to effectively manage and lead the department in supporting students and alumni in their career development. This includes developing and implementing a strategic vision aligned with the university’s goals, overseeing program development and management to enhance career-related services, providing direct support to individuals through counseling and workshops, cultivating relationships with stakeholders to enhance opportunities, analyzing data to inform decision-making and improvement efforts, managing budgets and resources efficiently, and promoting professional development among staff. Ultimately, the director’s role is pivotal in guiding the CSU’s efforts to empower individuals in achieving their career aspirations and success in the global workforce.

Department Overview

The Career Services Unit (CSU) at Kaduna State University is dedicated to empowering students and alumni to achieve their professional aspirations through a wide range of services and programs. Our mission is to equip individuals with the tools, resources, and guidance needed for successful career navigation, fostering a culture of lifelong learning and personal development. Services include personalized career counseling, job search assistance, internship opportunities, career development workshops, networking events, online resources, alumni support, and employer engagement. Committed to inclusivity and diversity, we strive to create a welcoming environment where everyone feels valued and supported. Join us in exploring the resources and opportunities available at the CSU as you embark on your journey to career success.

Mission

To make every student of Kaduna State University employable through trainings, internship placements and connections.

Vision

To empower every student of Kaduna State University with the knowledge, skills and connections for a successful career.

Scope of Plan

FIRST - YEAR STUDENTS

Introduction to Career Development Concepts, self-assessment and foundational skills

FIRST - YEAR STUDENTS

Introduction to Career Development Concepts, self-assessment and foundational skills

RETURNING STUDENTS

Internship Placements, Advanced Career Skills and Mentoring Programs

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS

Laying the Groundwork and Digital Presence: The aim is to familiarize students with diverse career opportunities, help them understand their own strengths and weaknesses, equip them with fundamental skills and initiate their digital professional journey.

 

1.        Career Exploration Fair

 

a.        Resources:

Invite professionals from various fields, utilize lecture halls or open areas.

 

b.        Method:

Hold interactive sessions where professionals talk about their job roles, necessary qualifications, and answer student questions

2.           Setting Up and Leveraging LinkedIn

 

a.        Resources:

IT labs, digital marketing or HR Professionals.

 

b.        Method:

Workshops focusing on creating a robust LinkedIn profile and its networking, Resume preparations, joining relevant groups and following influential figures in their field.

3.              3.Field of Study   Coordination

 

a.        Resources

Faculty members, Alumni and online resources.

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Comprehensive Sessions that delve deep into each field of study, its potentials, challenges and trajectory.

4.        Introduction to Professional Bodies

 

a.        Resources

List of global and Local Professional Bodies, guest speakers from these bodies

 

a.    Method:

Presentations on the importance of these Bodies, how to join and the benefits of membership (such as webinars, certifications and networking)

5.        Self-Assessment and Skill Gap Workshops

 

a.        Resources

Ø    Career Counsellors and online assessment tools.

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Organize group sessions and one-on-one consultations; introduce students to self-assessment instruments to identify strengths, weaknesses, interests and any skill gap

 

6.        Soft Skills Training

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  Trainers, multimedia tools for presentations and interactive activity materials.

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Series of workshops focusing on communication, teamwork, basic IT Literacy and time Management.

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

a.        Track attendance using student ID scans.

 

b.        gather feedback via digital surveys post-events

 

 

c.        Check LinkedIn profiles for completeness and activity

 

d.       Assess students understanding of their chosen field and awareness of professional bodies via short quizzes or surveys.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

a.        95% of first-year students attend at least two initiatives.

 

b.        80% of students set up a complete LinkedIn profile by the end of the first year

 

c.        Positive feedback (above 75%) from students on understanding their field of study and the relevance of professional bodies

 

d.       Significant awareness increase in self-assessment outcomes and identification of skills gaps

 

 

Returning Students: Skill Alignment, Enhancement, Networking and Experiential Learning

Aim: Equip students with advanced skills, Industry-awareness, hands-on experiences and Professional networking opportunities to ensure they are holistically prepared for the next phase of their careers.

 

1. Re-administer Self-assessment           

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  Career Counsellors and advance online tools.

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Group Sessions or one-on-one consultations to re-evaluate and guide students on their career paths based on evolving interests and strengths.

 

2. Discipline-based Employer Network

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  Collaboration with local Companies, Alumni and Faculty

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Organize events and webinars where employers from specific fields interact with students, discuss industry trends and potential job roles.

 

3. Internship Fair and Co-ops

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  Collaboration with companies, placement cells and dedicated venue.

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Facilitate a platform for students to meet potential employers, understand job roles and secure internship or cooperative education experiences.

 

4. Cover Letter and Statement of Purpose Workshops

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  Career Counselors, HR Professionals and writing aids.

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Interactive Sessions to guide students in creating impactful cover letters for job applications and compelling statement of purpose for further studies.

5. Internship Search Strategies

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  Career Services Unit and online portals.

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Training on effective methods for internship searches from online portals to personal networks.

6.        Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews

 

a.        Resources

Ø  HR Professionals and Alumni

 

b.        Methods:

Ø  Training and simulated interview sessions to equip students with strategies to excel in real interviews

7.        Work Shadowing

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  Alumni Network and Industry Professionals

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Arrange opportunities for Students to observe professionals offering insights into daily job roles.

8.        Service Learning and Volunteering

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  NGOs and Community organizations

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Promote Community service integrated with academic learning, fostering civic responsibility and real-world experience.

9.        Enterprise Skills Training

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  Entrepreneurs and Business Consultants.

 

b.        Method:

Sessions that promote entrepreneurial thinking and essential skills for starting a business.

10.     Work Readiness Skills

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  HR professionals and soft skill Trainers

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Workshops focusing on essential skills that employers values such as advance communication, adaptability and critical thinking.

11.     Other Experiential Learning Opportunities

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  Department-led initiatives and external collaborations.

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Facilitate hands-on experiences like research projects, field trips or study abroad programs.

12.     Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

 

a.        Track participation and engagement in initiatives using scan attendance

 

b.        Collect feedback after each experience or event using google map or any other method.

 

c.        Periodically review relationships with employers and partnered organizations.

 

d.       Assess the growth in students’ professional networks, e.g., through LinkedIn connections.

13.     Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

 

a.        90% of  returning students participate in at least three initiatives

 

b.        70% of the returning students secure internships, co-ops or work-shadowing experiences.

 

c.        Noticeable growth in discipline-based employer networks year-on-year.

 

d.        Positive feedback on preparedness and skills enhancement from students.

Final Year Students: Comprehensive Preparation, Networking, Transition to Professional Life and Advanced Career Development

The aim is to equip final year students with the skills, knowledge, resources and Networks necessary to transition seamlessly into the workforce or postgraduate studies, ensuring that they are well-prepared, well-connected and confident.

 

1.        Advance Career Counselling Sessions

 

 

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  Career Counsellor and Industry Experts.

 

 

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Intensive Sessions detailing post-graduation opportunities, industry trends and job market expectations.

2.        Alumni Coaching, Mentoring and job searching

 

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  Alumni Network, online platforms and Career Counsellors.

 

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Pair students with Alumni mentors in relevant fields, organize sessions where alumni share job search strategies, industry insights and personal experiences

3.        Practice Interviews and One-on-One Resume Critique

 

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  HR Professionals, Faculty and Alumni.

 

 

 

b.        Methods:

Ø  Simulated Interview sessions and personalized resume critique to ensure students present their best selves to potential employers.

4.        Job Fairs (On-Campus & Off- Campus)

 

 

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  Collaboration with Companies and dedicated Ventures.

 

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Organize job fairs and invite potential employers to participate both within and outside the campus.

5.        Employer Networking Events & On-Campus Interviews

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  Collaboration with global and Local Companies.

 

 

 

b.        Methods:

Ø  Create opportunities for direct interactions between students and potential employers.

6.        Discipline-based Career Information and Counselling

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  Career Counsellors, Faculty Members and industry experts.

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Sessions discussing career trajectories and industry roles and industry expectations within specific discipline.

7.        Advance Enterprise Skills Training

 

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  Entrepreneurs, Business consultants and Startup Incubators.

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Advanced workshops focused on entrepreneurship nuances from scaling businesses to securing investors.

8.        Further work readiness skill

 

 

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  HR professionals and Soft skills trainers.

 

 

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Advance training on workplace skills, etiquette and communication to leadership.

9.        Graduate School preparation

 

 

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  Academic advisors, Faculty and Graduate students.

 

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Workshops detailing the application process, required exams and strategies for securing admission to top-tier institutions.

10.     Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E)

 

 

1.        Track participation rates across all initiatives.

 

2.        Gather feedback after each event, workshop or session.

 

 

3.        Review relationships and feedback with employers and partnered institutions.

 

4.        Monitor the success rate of students in securing job offers or admissions to postgraduate programs.

11.     Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

 

1.        95% of final year students engaged in at least four of the provided initiatives.

 

2.        80% of students secure job offers or placements by graduation or within three months of post-graduation.

 

3.        Positive Feedback on preparedness and transition readiness from students.

Alumni: Lifelong Learning, Networking and Career Support

Aim: To foster a continuing relationship with the alumni and ensure they have access to ongoing career support, upskilling opportunities and networking events to keep them connected and enhance the overall reputation of Kaduna State University.

 

1.        Upskill Activities

 

a.        Resources

Ø  Faculty, Industry Professionals and online platforms

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Offer workshops, Short Courses or webinars focused on emerging industry trends, technologies and methodologies.

2.        Employer Networking Events

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  Collaboration with local and global companies and alumni associations.

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Organize events that allow alumni to connect with potential employers and explore new jobs opportunities and industry insights.

3.        Job Search/Resume Support

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  Career Counselors and HR Professionals

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Continued support in refining resumes, cover letters and optimizing job search strategies in line with changing career goals or industries.

4.        Post-graduate applications support

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  Academic Advisors, Faculty and Graduate Students from partnered Institutions.

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Offer guidance on application processes, required exams and strategies for securing admission to further studies or specialized courses.

5.        Enterprise Skills Training

 

a.        Resources

Ø  Entrepreneurs, business Consultants and Startup Incubators.

 

b.        Method:

Ø  Advanced workshops focusing on entrepreneurial skills, from business ideation and planning to understanding market dynamics and scaling.

6.        Skills Training

 

a.        Resources:

Ø  Industry Professionals, Faculty and online platforms.

 

b.        Methods:

Ø  Periodic workshops on a range of hard and soft skills crafted based on feedbacks and the evolving demand of the job market.

7.        Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

 

i.      Track alumni participation rates across all initiatives.

 

ii.    Gather feedback after each event, workshop or session.

 

 

iii.   Maintain a database for the purpose of tracking the career progression of alumni.

 

iv.   Measure the success rate of alumni in securing new job opportunities, promotions or admissions to postgraduate programs following University support.

8.        Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

 

i.       Maintain an engagement rate of at least 60% of alumni in one or more initiatives yearly.

 

ii.     Positive feedbacks from alumni regarding the value and effectiveness of the support provided.

 

 

iii.   Demonstrable career progression, new job opportunities or further education achievements for the at least 30% of participating alumni year-on-year.

Implementation Strategy

 

1.        Utilize Existing Infrastructure:

 

a.        Method:

Ø  Use classroom and other University facilities for workshops, training sessions and meetings

 

 

 

 

b.       KPI:

Ø  Maximize space usage without impacting regular academic schedules

2.        Volunteer Efforts:

 

 

a.        Method:

Ø  Engage Faculty, alumni and even senior students to volunteer their time and expertise in workshops, mentoring sessions and more.

 

 

b.       KPI:

Ø  At least 5 volunteer-led initiatives each semester

3.        Digital Platforms:

 

 

a.        Methods:

Ø  Use free online platforms and tools such as Google meet or zoom’s free version for webinars while platforms like LinkedIn can be utilized for networking.

 

b.       KPI:

Ø  At least 80% of planned digital initiatives executed without premium software expenses.

4.        Collaborative Partnerships:

 

a.        Method:

Ø  Build partnerships with local businesses, NGOs and other institutions to source for guest speakers, internship opportunities and venues for large events.

 

b.       KPI:

Ø  Secure at least 3 new partnerships each academic year.

5.        Crowdsourcing and Donations:

 

a.        Method:

Ø  Encourage alumni, Faculty and the local community to donate materials, resources such as books for career library.

 

 

 

 

 

b.       KPI:

Ø  At least 2 initiatives each Semester supported by donations.

6.        Grant and Sponsorships:

 

a.        Method:

Ø  Research and apply for local and International grants targeted at educational or career development initiatives. Local businesses might also be interested in sponsoring certain events in return for branding or recruitment opportunities.

 

b.       KPI:

Ø  At least one grant or sponsorship secured each academic year.

7.        Cost-Sharing with Participants:

 

a.        Method:

Ø  For some high-demand, resource-intensive workshops, affordable fees from participants will be considered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

b.       KPI:

Ø  75% occupancy or participation rate in such initiatives indicating the perceived value.

 

8.        Feedback and continuous Iteration:

 

a.        Method:

Ø  Regularly gather feedback to ensure that the Unit is offering value and meeting students’ needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

b.       KPI:

Over 65% positive feedback from participants, indicating successful implementation despite budgetary constraints.

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Contact

We are opn on Monday – Friday at 08am and 5pm, except on holidays.

Location: The Registry

Phone : +234 803 556 3045
Email : kantiok.ishaku@kasu.edu.ng

Frequently Asked Questions

What services does the Career Services Unit offer?

The Career Services Unit provides a wide range of services including career counseling, resume and cover letter assistance, job search strategies, internship and co-op opportunities, career development workshops, networking events, and alumni support.

How can I schedule a career counseling session?

You can schedule a career counseling session by contacting the Career Services Unit office either in person, by phone, or through our online appointment scheduling system.

Are there resources available for exploring career options?

Yes, the Career Services Unit offers resources such as career assessments, informational interviews, and career exploration workshops to help you explore different career paths and industries.

How can I find internship or co-op opportunities?

The Career Services Unit collaborates with employers to provide internship and co-op opportunities that align with your academic and career goals. You can access internship listings through our online job board or by attending career fairs and employer information sessions.

Do you offer assistance with resume writing and interview preparation?

Yes, we offer workshops and one-on-one assistance to help you craft effective resumes, cover letters, and prepare for job interviews. Our staff can provide personalized feedback and guidance to help you showcase your skills and experiences effectively.

Are there networking opportunities available through the Career Services Unit?

Absolutely, we organize networking events, career fairs, employer panels, and alumni networking sessions to connect you with professionals in your field of interest. These events provide valuable opportunities to expand your network and learn about potential career paths.

Can alumni access the Career Services Unit's resources and support?

Yes, our services are available to alumni as well. Whether you’re seeking career advancement opportunities, transitioning to a new industry, or looking for professional development resources, we’re here to support you in your career journey.

How can I stay updated on upcoming events and workshops?

You can stay informed about upcoming events, workshops, and job opportunities by subscribing to our newsletter, following us on social media, or checking our website regularly for updates.

Is there a fee for using the Career Services Unit's resources?

No, the services and resources provided by the Career Services Unit are free of charge for students and alumni of [University Name]. We are here to support you in achieving your career goals at no cost.

How can I contact the Career Services Unit for further assistance?

You can reach out to us by visiting our office during business hours, calling us, sending us an email, or reaching out through our social media channels. We’re here to help and look forward to assisting you with your career needs.