Experts in the corporate world have lamented the possibility of Africa being left behind in the changing landscape, tools, behavior and expectations of work going on all around the world.
At an event tagged, “Future of Work Africa: the talent acquisition perspective,” leading talent recruiters and employers met to discuss and proffer solutions to what they described as ‘the emerging work perspective.’
According to them, there is a need to understand what the future is saying about work and how it should be done in todays Internet age as opposed to what was obtainable pre- technological evolution.
The event was put together by Career Solutions Africa, a Social Enterprise providing career advisory to individuals and organizations. The programme, which took place on Thursday April 10 at The Social Place, Victoria Island, Lagos, had in attendance Talent acquisition professionals/Recruiting leaders, Directors, Managers, Human Resource personnel and Potential Employers.
According to the organizers of the programme, the conversation was an opportunity for recruiting leaders across industries and job seekers to engage with each other so as to bring tips, tricks and practices that work in today’s world.
Speakers at the event include Tola Ogunbiyi, a Talent Acquisition Manager, Europe and Sub-Sahara Africa, Halliburton; Asekun Kuforiji, the Talent Research Manager for Diego (Guinness) West Africa and ‘Laolu Taiwo, the Talent Acquisition Manager for Alcatel Lucent in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Ogunbiyi believes that there is a misconception about talent. She says though “talented people are innovative and persistent”, when hiring, the focus shouldn’t only be on knowledge and grades, but on using the practical approach of “matching the right person with the work culture of the organization.”
Richard Olatoye, a consultant and a participant at the event, said he was glad to part of the conversation and that it was an insightful experience. “I came to tap into the future of talent acquisition for job seekers and to have a glimpse of what future is for recruiters” he said.