Udeme Ben, 28, is a civil engineer and professional course trainer at Pinnacle Coterie International. He speaks about his career
Which schools did you attend?
I am a graduate of Civil Engineering from the University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Prior to having a Bachelor, I had obtained a diploma in computer hardware engineering from the International Management and Finance Institute, Uyo, in 2009. I also have certificates in professional courses like Health Safety and Environment, International Project Management, Autocad, Staad Pro, Orion, Microsoft Office and Revit Arch.
What do you do for a living?
I am into design and construction. However, I am also a trainer and coordinator at Pinnacle Coterie International, Uyo training centre. We train people in professional courses.
What ignited the passion in civil engineering?
My passion was ignited by designs and construction of beautiful houses. I love construction and as a safety professional, I love saving lives.
What is your current position and how did you get there?
I am the training coordinator at Pinnacle Coterie International, Uyo. I got to where I am now because of hard work, consistency and determination.
As a professional, do you ever feel intimidated because of your age?
No. Age can never intimidate me because I have met so many people in the course of the job and there is never any cause for intimidation.
Who are your role models and how have you been influenced by them?
My role model is Professor Charles Uko, a professor of structural engineering. He was my project supervisor in school.
Was there any particular setback in your career?
I have never had any setbacks.
What do you think are some of the challenges confronting Nigerian youths today?
Some of the challenges facing the Nigerian youths are unemployment, lack of creativity and lack of entrepreneurial skills.
What is your overall career objective?
My career objective is to be part of a dynamic and diverse expert team where most of my skills will get utilised to the fullest and also give me the opportunity to innovate and enhance my skills in conjunction with company goals.
Do you see yourself working in this field ten years from now? If not, what do you think you will be doing?
Yes. I love what I do and I am enjoying myself.
Was there any particular situation that made you feel like quitting?
No, I am in love with engineering. I believe every problem has a solution.
Tell us your regrets and what gives you fulfilment as a young professional.
The Nigerian government is not treating engineers well in the civil service. Engineering starts from level eight rather than level nine, as compared to medicine, law and others. What gives me fulfilment and happiness as a young professional is that one day, I will get to my desired height in the profession despite any form of limitation.
What gives you concern about the Nigerian youths?
It is the issue of unemployment. The politics in Nigeria is really unpleasant. How can a person graduate from the university and not get a job?
If you were to achieve a dream in the next five or ten years, what would that be?
My dream is to attain the greatest height in my profession, where I can own a company that trains and employs people.
Is there a project set up by you to help the Nigerian youth?
Yes, though I’m still working on it. I want to establish a training and construction firm, where Nigerian youths will be trained in engineering and Information Technology.
What advice do you have for youths who aspire to greater heights?
They should adopt the spirit of entrepreneurship.
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