GSC organizes mentorship programme

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Dimapur, April 30: The Kohima hub of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, organized a one-day mentorship programme on April 28 at Mezhur Hr. Sec. School, Kohima. The programme was especially organised with an aim to provide a space to students of classes 10, 11 & 12 to interact with young Naga professionals from diverse fields who would mentor and guide the students in exploring different opportunities that exist in their areas of interest. Almost 400 students from different schools in Kohima attended the program.
Besides the first combined session, the students were given an option to attend a second session of their choice. There were eight different sessions – fashion, teaching & research, Government, law, medicine & engineering, media & production, music, and NGOs & entrepreneurship.
In the combined session, Limabenla Jamir, founding curator of the Kohima hub, spoke on not merely planning one’s career but stressed on the importance of understanding changing contexts as the gap between what students are taught in schools today and what they would actually need in the future is ever-increasing. She underscored a 4-step career-planning tool: having self-awareness, occupational awareness, well-informed decision-making, and taking action to achieve one’s goals. She further encouraged the students to inculcate perseverance and grit in pursuing their dreams.
The session on fashion was mentored by Leno Kense Vihienuo who illuminated the students on how the job opportunities that exist in the fashion industry is much more diverse than commonly understood. She highlighted that besides the profession of modeling, the fashion industry offers other jobs like, designing, photography, styling, writing, etc.
Kilangsungla Pongener and Veralu Vero mentored the session on Teaching & Research. Sharing from their experiences as teachers, they spoke on the far-reaching impacts that a teacher can have in the lives of their students, and the joys and rewards that come with it, while also mentioning the demands and challenges of this profession.
Kekhrie Mezhur, mentoring the students interested in the Government sector, encouraged them to be well informed of the contexts that they live in and to develop their perspectives and opinions by engaging in more meaningful conversations. As a government employee, he highlighted the importance of creating a sense of ‘service orientation’. In the same session, Abeinuo Jasmine Ashao challenged the students to set goals in their lives by setting the bar high for themselves.
In the session on law, Kezhosano Kikhi mentored the students on how to better understand the workings of the law system, giving insights on the prospects of becoming a lawyer.
Dr Ruyangulie Paphino and Er. Talisunup Jamir mentored the session on medicine & engineering. Both mentors shared from their personal experiences of being students in their fields and the challenges that they had to face. They shared on the importance of not being bogged down by the mental and emotional stress that comes with pursuing such degrees.
Mentoring students in the media & production session, Sanen Kichu shared about the practical and technical aspects of filming and production, while Wungchipem Raman challenged the students to push themselves to be creative and original.
In the session on music, Nungshienla Yaden gave special importance to having knowledge of classical music. Citing examples from the works of Bach and Mozart, she spoke on how classical music has served as fundamentals for music and the evolution of various genres, influencing musicians of all kinds even today. Mele Pucho shed light on the changing music scene in Nagaland, and also the need for formal music education.
Mentoring students in the NGOs and etrepreneurship session, Shiroi Lily Shaiza, the current Curator of Kohima Hub and Kevisa Khamo shared about how an entrepreneur is someone who looks at any problem and turns it into an opportunity.
The Kohima Hub of the Global Shapers Community said it hopes to organise such programmes in future by creating platforms where students can connect with young or experienced professionals so that a culture of mentorship can be sustained. (Page News Service)