By Nokuthula Manyathi and Dineo Bendile
The Wits Business School’s (WBS) hosted their career day on Wednesday afternoon at a trendy hotel in the middle of Melrose Arch.
The event was an opportunity for major private sector companies to recruit current students aand graduates of WBS.
Charisse Drobis, career advisor at WBS, said this was the second event the school had hosted and it had doubled its attendance of students and companies.
“We hosted this so students could engage and network in a more compressed way than they could on a regular basis,” said Drobis.
Ruds Ramasar, a representative of the South African Breweries(SAB) graduate programme, said the event was well organised and that SAB was excited to be invited as it would allow them to engage with future employees.
“WBS did a very good job, all we had to do was just pitch up. We are excited to be here so that we can engage and be able to identify future talent,” said Ramasar.
[pullquote]You’ve got to network to get work[/pullquote] SAB was there to advertise their graduate programme which trains people in marketing, brewing technology, IT and supply chain technology.
WBS student, Ryan Hausberger, said he was looking forward to learning more about the various companies and what they had to offer. He was also excited at the networking opportunities provided at the career day as he exclaimed: “You’ve got to network to get work!”
Earlier this year Fortune Magazine released its list of 100 best companies to work for and Google topped the list for the second time.
Serious without suits
Craig Wing, a Wits alumnus who now works in Google’s marketing department, said Google was indeed the best company to work for. He said he enjoyed the easy-going and laid-back style of management and the free food and snacks.
“At Google we believe that you can be serious without wearing a suit,” said Wing.
Wing was a representative for Google at the careers workshop and said although there were no positions currently available at Google South Africa, interested students could upload their CVs on their site and would be contacted if something came up.
We want more
Hamilton Ndlovu, an MBA student at WBS, said the variety of companies at the event was very one sided. He identified a poor turnout of companies dealing with investment banking and finance, which were his preferred careers sectors.
“I see that 80% of these companies are consulting companies. And obviously you get finance divisions in those companies, but it’s not exactly the same thing,” Ndlovu said.
CHARISMATIC CAREER DAY: Wits Speakers with some of the young matric students at the Charisma Ministries Career day. From the left: Katlego Gaborone, Thoriso Moseneke, Bulelwa Ndaba and Thato Rammekwa
FOUR Wits students were among nine guest speakers invited to speak at a matric students’ career day in Pretoria North two weeks ago.
Charisma Ministries hosted their fourth annual career day, which gave high school students the opportunity to identify their subject strengths and receive guidance on their career goals.
Thoriso Moseneke, 4th year BADA, who was part of the organising committee, said career days were important for matric learners, especially in townships, where learners did not usually have access to career workshops and guidance.
“Normally you are just told: ‘You’re in matric. Apply’. That’s it. But you are never exposed to career workshops which encourage you to apply for financial aid, scholarships and encourage learners that they have more than one option.”
[pullquote]”[I was impressed by] the dedication of the scholars” [/pullquote] The nine invited speakers represented a diverse range of career sectors such as Accounting, Engineering, Medicine, Journalism, Dramatic Arts and the Sciences. Each speaker was given 30 minutes to talk about their career and to take part in question and answer sessions with the learners.
This year, Moseneke said she encouraged the organising committee to invite speakers who were recent graduates or speakers who were about to graduate.
“I wanted young people, who just recently graduated or were about to graduate. I felt it was important to have young people because the learners could relate a bit more.”
Bulelwa Ndaba, 4th year BADA, who started her first year at Wits as a BComm student, said it was important for her to be involved as a speaker at the career day, as she felt many matric learners made mistakes when choosing their careers.
“I got so scared [when choosing a career] to do what I wanted to do, so I opted to do something I didn’t want to do, just for the money, and I was unhappy.” She said she wished more interactive career days were hosted for matric students nationally.
Katlego Gaborone, 5th year Medical Sciences, said he was humbled by the learners’ commitment to gain career guidance.”[I was impressed by] the dedication of the scholars and how they pitched up on a cold, wet and rainy Saturday morning.” He said he was honoured to be among the speakers able to impart so much knowledge to the learners.
Thato Rammekwa, a Wits Mining Engineering graduate, said it was inspiring to see the learners willing to take action towards achieving their career ambitions. After the fair, Moseneke said the learners were more motivated and felt that each speaker had given them hope, despite not necessarily being A+ students.