IPP Executive Chairman Dr Reginald Mengi on Friday unveiled fundamental principles and secrets for successful business and social lives for young men and women, placing adherence to ethics and moral standards on top of key success-drivers.
Dr Mengi, one of globally-recognised business figures, made the revelation as he officially opened the “Career Day” which was organised by the Moshi University College of Cooperative and Business Studies (MUCCoBS).
The forum brought together professionals, representatives from corporate companies including banks, MUCCoBS students and members of academic staff who met to digest issues related to professional skills, knowledge and their connection to the country’s dynamic labour markets.
In remarks he said academic certificates were not the only way to successful life, stating that they need to be combined with other fundamental principles. “Combination of educational certificates and other key principles would yield positive results…enabling young men and women to secure good jobs and excel in business and other social lives,” said Dr Mengi, in a lecturer-like opening statement.
He said: “Adherence to ethics and moral standards” top the list of key fundamental principles, appealing to students of higher learning to avoid corruption and other immoral practices aimed at generating quick-money.”
“You should not be tempted to make quick money by involving yourself in corruption and related acts,” noted the IPP Executive Chairman, adding: “This is my message to all of you who would go out looking for jobs…you should not search for jobs in order to get quick-money.” He said he was not opposed to high-paying jobs from which graduates can earn a lot of money through lawful and transparent channels. “But my main concern is attitude of over-ambitious young graduates who are always looking for jobs where they could generate big money through the back-door…I have no problem with lawful money.”
Dr Mengi, winner of prestigious international awards--Business for Peace and UN Awards -- said there was “a bleak future” for young men and women who are hunting for jobs to generate quick money through ‘ungodly ways’…you cannot go far.”
The IPP chief also spoke of competence, confidence, commitment, values, knowing destination, personal appearance and well-written application letter as basic fundamentals that could enable young graduates to secure good jobs and subsequently excel in business and social lives. “Your application letter for jobs you apply must be well written…the best letter you have written in your life…to the extent the prospective employer could really see academic competence of the applicant in that letter,” he said.
Physical appearance also matters, he said. “The way you walk, the way you prepare your hair, the way you dress…you need to be smart and neat…in fact, the first impression is very important in the course of seeking for jobs.”
In an interview for a certain job, he added, graduates need to demonstrate competence in verbal communication, saying: “Employer wants to see how you can deliver through verbal communication…A’s and distinctions seen in your academic certificates must be reflected in the verbal communication during the interview.”
Confidence and knowing destinations are major forces which could help prospective and educated entrepreneurs perform better. “You need to understand your destination…but has to be something big, but start small.
I also passed through the same channel, raised in a mud hut, where I slept with goats, cattle but I had confidence and I knew my destination,” he observed.
Impressed by unique competence, composure, and confidence and presentation style, demonstrated by MUCCoBS student, Catherine Paul Akyoo, who delivered a presentation on issues around community, economic development at the forum, the IPP Executive Chairman appointed her IPP Officer-in charge of Community Development.
“Before making my official comments, let me talk something out of the main subject….out of all the students who made presentations some few minutes ago, I was really impressed by one presentation …and this is Catherine Akyoo; she demonstrated unique talent…so, I would like to publicly appoint her as an Officer In charge of Community Development desk at IPP,” said Dr Mengi, in an on-the-spot appointment which puzzled the gathering and provoked cheers and applauds from the university community.
“Her appointment starts effectively from January next year…” he noted. Catherine is a third-year student, pursuing Bachelor of Arts in Community Economic Development at MUCCoBS.
For his part, MUCCoBS Principal, Prof. Faustine Bee, said developments and changes in Tanzania cannot be brought about by foreigners, but rather “it is us Tanzanians who are supposed to bring desired changes…if we rely on foreigners to bring changes, we will continue to be beggars.”
In a brief remark, Catherine said: “We have potential human resources in the country…we need to exhaustively utilise these potentials.”