“You are called upon to have the potential, the attitude, and the skills. It is then and only then that you become highly competitive on the job market”, said Dr. Samir Costantine, founder and general manager of “Waznat”, a pioneer institution of career consulting and professional orientation, at the graduation ceremony of the Centre of Continuing Education (CCE) at Haigazian University, on Wednesday, 23 September, 2015.
The ceremony which celebrated the harvest of twenty-four students completing the diverse programs in Teacher Training, covering the fields of Special Education, School Coordinators and Division Heads, and the 21st Century Teacher, in addition to the fields of Human Resources, and Project Management, provided in the Adult Education program, started with the thanksgiving prayer of the University’s Campus Minister, Rev. Wilbert Van Saane, who expressed his gratitude towards the achievements of the program in the deepening the knowledge of the students, wishing them to use those talents and expertise in the benefit of others and for the common good of the country.
In his welcoming word, CCE Director Sebouh Gurunlian, highlighted on the challenges and the burdening demands of the modern world, saying “Like many in the workforce, our participants are under the pressure of further competition, globalization and career shifts; but instead of giving up our graduates decided to fight back with self-motivation, self-discipline, Perseverance, Sacrifice and Faith in a better Future.”
In his keynote address, guest speaker, Dr. Samir Costantine shared with the audience his wide experience in career counselling and professional orientation with more than 100 schools and 25 NGOs and companies all over Lebanon, focusing on the new characteristics of employability. He summarized it in three attributes: Potential instead of credentials, quoting Ernst & Young’s latest announcement, “there is "no evidence" that success at university correlates with achievement in later life”. Skills instead of knowledge, especially the leadership, communication and team work skills of the individual. Attitude instead of wishes and good hearts, particularly the skills of the person in conflict management and resolution.
In his congratulatory remarks, University President, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian emphasized on the concept of exercising “new learning” and “taking initiatives”, praising the graduates, who despite their busy schedules “planned to go deeper in knowledge for new growth and development”. Haidostian also acknowledged the accomplishment of Haigazian students, who at the early beginnings of the University, succeeded to launch the Cedar Rocket project, proving that success is independent of size and age.
The program concluded with a small reception.
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