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First Class Diary: Performance is an individual skill- ATJ


Performance is an individual skill-ATJ

Hello readers, how are you doing this week? Trust you enjoyed the weekend. I am excited to bring to you the last episode of the April series of the first-class diary. Our guest is Arokoyo Taiye Joseph, all the way from Afe Babalola University. Did you miss the last episode? You can read here

In his words,

Performance is an individual skill, and some graduates are more performance-abled than others. However, they’re unable to get the lucrative jobs due to the notion of a lack of performance in graduates.



Abigael Taiwo of Edugist: Please share with Edugist, a little about your background.

Arokoyo Taiye Joseph : I am Arokoyo Taiye Joseph, from Kogi state (kabba LGA). I’m from a family of five, my twin brother and I being the last. I was born and raised a Christian (catholic). I attended a catholic secondary school (EHJMC) in Ilorin and my higher institution at Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti.


AT: Was there any motivating factor(s) that influenced your choice of discipline and institution?

ATJ: Yes. It was one of the best universities offering engineering and a family friend influenced the decision. My course of study was basically influenced by the various diverse branches available to specialise in following the completion of my course.


AT: There are two major skills that every student must possess: COMPETENCE and PERFORMANCE. While competence revolves around skill acquisition, performance is much more concerned about skills application. It is believed that most graduates are competent because their academic performance testifies to this, but they are performance-challenged. This poor performance ipso facto hinders them from getting lucrative jobs in the labour market.  What can you say about this assertion?

ATJ: Well, I somewhat agree with the assertion and so would many other people. But,

Performance is an individual skill, and some graduates are more performance-abled than others. However, they’re unable to get the lucrative jobs due to the notion of a lack of performance in graduates.


AT: What do you think is responsible for competence without performance? Please suggest ways of improving the performance level of university students and graduates.

ATJ: What I consider to be responsible for competence without performance is a lack of experience in graduates. This is in addition to the inadequate teaching of the basic skills needed for good performance to students.

For instance, during industrial trainings, it is possible that not all students are taught the necessary skills required to work in the industry. Also, not all organizations are able to transfer the required performance skills to the students being trained.


AT: Achievement in life transcends one’s personal efforts. There were people who, during your programme, rendered some assistance that made your dreams a reality. Who are specific persons whose contribution you can’t forget in your first-class feat?


ATJ: My first thought is my family, who played a major role in this feat by supporting my academic, financial, social, and mental being. I lacked very little while I was in school which contributed to minimal worries. Secondly my friends, most especially my department where we basically lived through all of school together.

From academics to socials, sports and lifestyle in general. We basically supported one another in whatever we did and always tried to have fun no matter the situation whether good or bad.


AT: As a first-class graduate, are you currently gainfully employed?

ATJ: I am presently undergoing my National Youth Service


AT: Do you think your grades have or is giving you any major advantage over other graduates with lesser grades?

ATJ: No. I don’t see any advantage really in the Nigerian work force, except in the area particularly for scholarships and academics.


AT: For students who aspire to graduate with outstanding grade like yours, what would you advise them?

ATJ: Well, I would advise them to put in their best effort and not put a lot of pressure on themselves. Everyone should do what works best for them. But nothing good comes easy so anyone who hopes to have a first class should be willing to pay the prize. And it includes: hard work, consistency, sacrifice, and balance (read when you must, play when you must, and party as required).


AT: What would you advise the government to do to improve the standard of our education system?

ATJ: There is actually a lot to be done from the government to improve the standard of our education. Government should work on improving the infrastructure of schools. Put and dedicate more funds for the specific purpose of education. Pay all employees working in the education sector adequately. Have a proper look at the syllabus used and make changes where required.

More introduction of technology (the world is becoming digitalized), a stable academic time table (most especially for federal and states universities). They should ensure industries are able to transfer the necessary knowledge and skills required for students to improve in their performance skills. Promote healthy competition (all round activities) amongst schools. There is no limit to the improvements the government could implement.


AT: Any other thing you would like to share?

ATJ: I would like for everyone to ensure they enjoy their university days. Have fun, minimise the pressure, do what makes you happy. Learn ways to make money cause unfortunately that is one thing we are not taught in school.


That’s it on the series for today. Hope you had a swell time reading? You can read the previous interview here

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