In a country where the lack of employment is a growing concern, it is imperative that companies with repute and international clout step to the stage and make a difference.

Director of Human Resources, NBC - Olumide Sholanke

In a country where the lack of employment is a growing concern, it is imperative that companies with repute and international clout step to the stage and make a difference. This was the case at the just concluded career fair hosted by the Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria; a meeting of industry and talent.

Themed “Bridging the gap”, the Nigerian Bottling Company ltd Plc, ably represented by the Director of Human Resources, Olumide Solanke was on the ground with HR experts, passionately engaging the graduates of the University. Making a career choice can be quite a burden in today’s clime, but with the employment experts of NBC present, attendants of the fair were treated to wise counsel and direction.

Speaking at the fair, Olumide Sholanke (the keynote speaker) said: “Globalization, as well as interconnectedness, plays a part in the issues we face. We must understand where the gap is to ensure it can be filled accurately. This is a paradox because ours is a country where there are more than 50% of youth unemployed and recruiters cry out about the unemployability of the youth that abounds." He spoke about various skills including teamwork, collaboration, volunteering, and Internships.

“Volunteering is a very vital part of your journey, as it portrays you as an individual who has mastered his/her time and can appropriate it wisely. This is very key for a company like ours where volunteering is an integral part of our DNA. The future is one in which teamwork and collaboration are at the heart of what we do, working on projects with people you may never meet, this is a social skill that must be naturally learned.“

He went on to explain the importance of internships: “Internships are a continuous learning experience- an extension of the classroom where you are empowered with a clear responsibility but also with a support network and all the learning strategies. Applying for and securing internships equip you with necessary work experience and also puts you in good stead for available, full-time jobs in the organization”

 Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd with over 3000 employees has constantly demonstrated the ability to attract the best talent and is leaving no stone unturned in its bid to keep on being the industry leader. With programmes such as “Youth Empowered” where it provides useful training for youths in business and life skills, to its training academies, where technical requirements of its operations are taught, the company continues to forge ahead in developing tomorrow’s leaders.

The event served as a meeting point for industry and talent with an array of other human resource experts present to engage the new graduates as they prepare for the next steps in their career journey.

The Nigerian Bottling Company is the largest bottler of Coca‑Cola products in Africa and serves millions of people nationwide. Looking to be part of a family that's credible and profitable? Visit our careers page and explore job opportunities.