Students have been advised not to use social media for the wrong reasons but instead utilise it to achieve their goals in life.
The remarks were made by James Saaka, the Executive Director National Information Technology Association (NITA-U) during Victoria University career day on Saturday.
The event was also facilitated by Dr. Sabrina Kitaka, a senior Lecturer; Specialist Paediatrician -Dept. Of Paediatrics, Makerere University College Of Health Sciences; Mulago Hospital, Andrew Mwenda, a leading Ugandan journalist, founder and owner of The Independent, a current affairs newsmagazine and Ethan Mussolini, a motivational Speaker, author and consultant.
Speaking at the event running under the theme “Student of the Future” and attended by over 200 students, Saaka, an IT specialist said social media can be a social of income if well utilised to do business.
“I personally stopped my own children from using those platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp,” Saaka said, throwing the audience in bouts of laughter.
He, however, explained that while internet can be a good source of information, young people misuse it for cyber offences and things that don’t add value to their academic endeavours.
Saaka said government was committed to making internet cheaper so young people can utilise it to eke a living.
Ethan Musolini, a professional motivational speaker told students that their futures lay in their own hands.
“It’s your responsibility to determine your future,” he said, noting that if one had nine poor friends, one was bound to be the tenth.
Mussolini said everything rotated around hard work and no one would achieve what they have not strived for.
“You always have to work hard for your future. Be different, work and realise the future you want for yourself.”
He reminded students that the past does not matter in creating their future; the key point is “do not stay long in your comfort zone”.
Dr. Sabrina Kitaka, a paediatrician and professor at Makerere College of Health Sciences Mulago, cautioned students against being addicted to social media.
She urged students to try other things outside social media; like playing and praying as long as they have their goals well set.
“A goal without a plan is just a wish,” she noted, adding, “the student of the future has to be 360 degrees in life, read play, pray and look after your life.”
Sabrina reminded the students that success is not about academics but humility.
“Work hard in silence and let your success be the noise.”
Likewise, Mwenda, a senior journalist told students success is not measured by the amount of money one amasses in a lifetime.
“Success is an ambition that you build at an early age of your life,” Mwenda pointed out.
According to him, success cannot be defined by money or wealth but on the passion that drives an individual to excel and achieve set goals.
“Success cannot be defined in singularity. I think its about striking a balance between love for the family, love for play [a sport] and a profession [a career one pursues.”
The students also got an opportunity to interact with Victoria University’s heads of Faculty and listen to educational advice from the University Vice Chancellor, Stephen Robert Isabasaija.