Enlightening 12th-grade students in department selection

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An annual student’s conference on how to have a successful campus life was held on Aug. 23, 2017, with the collaboration of Transparency Ethiopia, Hawassa University and Go Hawassa Project. The main aim of this workshop was to enlighten 12th-grade graduates on the issues of department selection. The Workshop aimed at changing the mind set of students while choosing the career they want to peruse in the future. In most cases 12th students, when selecting what course to study or which department to join, they tend to choose a department or a course that has more monetary value and the most paying job in the future. Thus, most of the students don’t follow their dreams, talents, and potential while choosing a department. 
This kind of attitude will in most cases lead to an unproductive and unethical generation which focuses only and only money, which results in corruption. A person should do a job because he loves that profession not only to increase his/her financial capacity. Thus, Transparency Ethiopia as an organization working to see a transparent and corruption free Ethiopia for a better public service delivery, business and civil society engagement collaborated in this event. With the collaboration of Hawassa University, the workshop was held at University Conference Hall. 
The workshop generally had three parts. It started with a welcoming speech and briefings about Transparency Ethiopia by Hawi Adugna a delegate from TE. Then there was a two rounds experience sharing focusing on academic achievements and co-curricular/business related achievements by successful graduates from Hawassa. There was an interactive motivational speech concerning dreams and the future that awaits the youth. Finally, there was a one to one consultation for 12th graduates regarding the department they wish to join with graduates and student volunteers from each department. 
The half day long workshop has been successfully completed and has addressed 230 students on the issues of ethics, corruption and in getting them ready for the journey of campus life. The work shop is expected to shape the participant youth to be ethically mannered, motivated and dreamers that will be part of the community that fights corruption and keen to see a better Ethiopia.