The Chairman of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc and Heirs Holding, Mr Tony Elumelu, has emphasised the necessity for undergraduates and young experts in the financial services sectors to modernise their experience and adopt advanced technology. This, he declared would allow them to remain important and succeed in the profession. Elumelu, stated this while delivering a document at the 2019 Annual Lecture of the Faculty of Management Sciences, University of Lagos, Ojo Campus, with the topic, \u201cThe Future of Finance \u2013Technology at Play.\u201d The UBA chairman who was embodied at the occasion by the Executive Director, UBA, Mr Ayoku Liadi, informed the students that the \u201ckey to perpetual importance is staying awake and staying disruptive.\u201d He stated: \u201cI usually consider it a great privilege to address young innovative minds, especially in a reputable institution of learning like Lagos State University. \u201cThe reason is that it is a rare opportunity to address or contribute to \u2018the future.\u2019 The future is here and you are the future! \u201cHowever, I will like you to note certain points that may shape the future of someone here today. The key to continuous relevance is staying awake and staying disruptive. \u201cTherefore, \u2018Stay Awake! Stay Disruptive!!\u2019 What does it mean to stay awake and to stay disruptive? It means to: Always be on the cutting edge of knowledge and emerging innovations in the marketplace. \u201cConstantly seek better, easier, more effective and perhaps, cheaper ways of doing things. Never, never, accept the status quo. Have a learning mindset, one that is ready to embrace changes no matter how \u2018sudden, rude, unexpected or uncomfortable\u2019 those changes might be. Elumelu added: \u201cRemember, the only constant thing in this fast-paced world is change. The future you will experience is one of your creation, imagination, vision and exposure. \u201cYou may not be able to see the future; but with the right insight, you can prepare for it. This means the future favours only the prepared. \u201cThink \u2018GLOCAL\u2019 \u2013 have a global outlook towards life, while not neglecting local considerations. Keeping pace with changing technology is the number one initiative that the finance function must embrace in today\u2019s fast-changing world.\u201d While emphasising the need to build finance and banking professionals that would meet the demands of the finance function of the future, Elumelu advised the academia on a need to graduate from imparting traditional technical accounting and finance skills, to embracing modern technologies in the delivery of skills needed to build a global finance professional of the future. According to him, \u201cas finance graduates and professionals, we need to be aware that it is no longer business as usual, and with the fast-changing landscape, it will never be business as usual. \u201cTraditional knowledge of finance is getting stale in today\u2019s business world and indeed there is a dire need for retooling our skills if we must remain relevant in tomorrow\u2019s financial world\u201d. Earlier in his remark, the Chairman of the occasion and Executive Secretary, Institute of Entrepreneurship, Dr Rotimi Oladele, described the topic of the lecture as \u201capt and a round peg has been fitted into the round hole.\u201d \u201cFor me, I see the future as to where the air will replace currency, coins, cheques, ATM\/Cards, teller, invoice, receipt and whatever. All that is needed will be keyboarding. Once you have your codes, you press buttons and buy or sell or deposit or withdraw,\u201d he appended.