PURPOSE DRIVEN CAREER AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP EMPOWERMENT PROJECT
Explain your project in details:
The ultimate objectives of this project are: 1. Implement a comprehensive career discovery and course of study coaching and guidance programs for students at the Junior High School level 2. Eliminate graduate unemployment in Ghana and Africa 3. Promote Talent-based Entrepreneurship for decent and sustainable business enterprises among graduates 4. Enhance worker satisfaction and work productivity at the workplace among employees The innovative approaches employed in achieving these objectives include: 1. Organising a career and course of study guidance program for all students at the Junior High School level across the country. For the past three years, I have been doing this project in individual schools, but want to increase its impact and reach across the 10 regions of Ghana and as well involve parents in the process at a centralised venue within the communities with the needed sponsorship and media awareness partnership. 2. Through my consult, I run a weekly program called “PURPOSE DRIVEN CAREER AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACADEMY”, where I coach and train graduates to discover their purpose, natural career paths, identify their talents and gifts and with a draft plan help to develop their talents and gifts into decent and sustainable entrepreneurial business ventures. 3. Also, I provide life coaching training through seminars for workers who are dissatisfied as a result of pursuing a wrong career outside their purposed career path. This help them to plan towards a smooth transition or change of job which aligns with their natural career path, thereby becoming productive at work as well as gaining fulfilment with their work task.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Through the Senior High School project, we have empowered over 6,000 students to improve on their learning skills and abilities, Coached over 200 students to study courses both at the Senior High and tertiary levels in sync with their natural purpose and career path, trained over 50 graduates develop their talents and gifts into entrepreneurial ventures and guided about 10 dissatisfied workers to discover their natural career paths and professions. In 2016, I won the Educational book award by Neogenics Education, Ghana. There are several texts, audio and video feedback of messages from clients, and the most recent including yesterday are below; “Happy Father’s Day to you… I haven’t had the opportunity to listen to you face to face, but the little time I had with you on the phone has really changed my way of thinking… God richly bless you for the good works you are doing for us” –Lucy Blay It’s a wonderful experience when you realise someone has the full knowledge about who you are. I really enjoyed the just ended Purpose Driven Career Seminar and indeed, it’s a must attend. It was more than worth the price I paid. God bless you Mr. Lordstone and the knowledge He has bestowed on you”. –Wendy Frempong Measures I adopt to evaluate success and impacts include periodic fellow-ups on their progress of idea development and business activity, learning outcomes in the case of students and most importantly, their satisfactory feedback in the form of texts, audio or video messages.
Sustainability and future plans
As a consult, we operate both a service and a product, packaged in the form of seminars, personal coaching and sale of written books in the areas of specialty. Our main audience are the youths ranging from 12 years to 30, young adults from 31 years to 45 and others include workers nearing retirement and those in retirement. Based on this categorisation and the desire to serve as many people as possible, we provide very minimal priced to free ranged services to support the financial needs and operations of the projects. The sales from my books are also reimbursed to cater for operational expenses as well as unstable inflows from the family. Given the limited resources I operate with and the impact stories from people I have engaged actively over the years, then as a youth registered organisation called YOUTH ARENA NETWORK and now the Consult, it indicates that with the needed sponsorship, collaboration or financial aid to print the books and media awareness partnerships, we can indeed coach many more people to achieve the objectives outlined in sync with the sustainable development goals on decent work and education within the 10 regions of Ghana and across the Africa continent. I resigned from the banking industry to pursue this cause as a full time knowledge entrepreneur, life coach and speaker, even before the drafting of the SDG’s, hence my level of commitment in seeing to the success of the consult and these projects is as intrinsic than any other factor can determine, hence I will keep innovating and seeking for the needed sponsorship or aid and media partnerships to solidify the growth and survival of our operations and impacts as a going concern in the unforeseeable future.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Aaron is a self-motivated simple young man. He was born on the 15th April at Odupongkpehe-Kasoa, in the Central region of Ghana. He is a graduate of the Pentecost University College, where he obtained Second Class Upper Division in B.Sc. Business Administration, Banking and Finance option, despite almost two years of absence from the lecture halls due to severe health challenges. He also studied Financial Securities course at the Ghana Stock Exchange. He worked with Fidelity Bank (Ghana) and later resigned to pursue his purposed career as a Life Coach, Speaker and Author. His areas of specialty include Purpose Driven Career Coaching, Learning Strategies/Critical Thinking Skills in Learning, and Temperament Management Counselling. He is the author of the Award-winning book titled “LEARNING STRATEGIES: THE ACT OF APPLYING CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS” (won the Educational Book Award, 2016 organised by Neogenics Education), and two other life transforming and system changing books titled “PURPOSE DRIVEN CAREER AND THE APPROPRIATE COURSE TO STUDY” and “THE SECRET TO DISCOVERING YOUR GOD-GIVEN PURPOSE & CAREER”. Aaron is the Founder and Lead Counsellor at LORDSTONE LIFE COACHING CONSULT (formerly called YOUTH ARENA NETWORK). His love for teaching, counselling and motivating people, including students, to overcome challenges in life drew him to the classroom as a pupil teacher. He has thus taught from lower primary through to the pre-university level. He has some publications in the newsprint and on the internet to his credit. He runs a weekly flagship training program called “PURPOSE DRIVEN CAREER AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACADEMY” and “PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE COACHING ACADEMY”. His hobbies include observing, researching and teaching, hence, has committed himself to self-empowerment, development and growth of others in the society. He is happily married to the gem of his life; Crystal and blessed with two lovely boys.