Afterschool Centre for Career Development joined over 15,000 women globally to mark the 2018 International Women’s Day and Global Mentoring Week. The Week’s activities which included a Mentors and Mentors Briefing, a Digital skills workshop, a Women in Enterprise Conference in collaboration with CUSO International and the Global Mentoring Walk held concurrently on Saturday, March 11th 2017 in 60 countries in collaboration with Vital Voices Global Partnership.
The Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk provided an environment for aspiring women professionals to gain the support and guidance that they need to fulfil their goals, as mentoring is proven to be one of the most important steps to establishing a successful career.
Aimed at providing effective support system to help overcome the obstacles to career growth that women commonly face in corporate and professional environments, such as experiencing the “glass ceiling” effect and limited networking options the Global Mentoring Walk further strengthened intergenerational and gender – based shadowing amongst women, inspires a new cadre of women leaders/entrepreneurs and amplify the significance of all women in our local, national and international polity.
The Mentoring walk in Calabar featured prominent Women leaders such as Mrs. Justina Ovat, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Cross River State on Tourism Development & General Manager,Tinapa Lakeside Hotel, Dr. Martina Ubi ,The Director General, Cross River State Agricultural Development Agency, Mrs. Tosin Akibu,Project Coordinator, FHI360 Four Pillars project amongst other leading female executives.
Speaking on the essence of the Walk, the Founder/ Faculty Lead, Afterschool Centre for Career Development and Flagbearer of the Walk, Esther Eshiet charged mentees to manage the privilege of being mentored by these leading Executives. She reminded that that Mentoring is the shortest route to achieving success with the support of someone who has gone ahead of you; who knows the path you interested in walking in”
Some of the Mentees shard their perspective about the walk:
I came to the Mentoring walk with the idea of setting up a provision shop while I wait for my NYSC callup letter but I left the walk with a better business idea in a sector I am passionate about – Edidiong Bassey , Mentee
My major take away from the walk is how to make decisions- before now I didn’t know there was a science to decision making .- Asuquo Mercy
I learnt about my personality test at the walk; my mentor helped me do a google search about my personality type and opened a new understanding to why I behave the way I do – Gina Stella
I had the opportunity to learn who a true Mentor is; before now I thought Ben Carson was my Mentor;I learnt the difference through this programme – Happiness Paul
I have made some terrible mistakes in my life and I recently lost a well -paying job due to lack of guidance; I wish I had signed up for this earlier – (Name withheld)
My only mentors in life were my parents; but signing up for the mentoring programme helped change my perspective about mentoring and who a mentor is – Joyce Okon
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