Golden Key Wits Chapter held their annual corporate breakfast at Roedean School in Parktown last Saturday.

The event was organised for students to create networks with professionals from various fields of employment to gain a

Early birds: Golden Key members, Industry corporates and Wits Chapter Advisor, Lamese Abrahams share a moment during the corporate breakfast at Rodean School on Saturday. Photo: Tshepo Tshabalala

better understanding of their own career path.

Golden Key is an internationally recognised, non-profit organisation affiliated with over 370 universities throughout Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, India, the United States and South Africa. It is the world’s largest honour society and is a mission-focused, values-based and demographics-driven organisation.

Director of Golden Key South Africa, Charlene Gunter, addressed the students on the importance of Golden Key membership and encouraged them to continue working hard.

Gunter explained that membership was only by invitation and that it was based on academic merit. “Membership is limited to the top 15% of degree students from all courses of study who have completed one year of study at a university.”

Chapter vice president Puso Thahane said: “We as students tend to think that corporates need students, but there is a balance, both parties need each other.”

McKinsey and Company consultant Benay Sager shared his experience of being part of the company’s team, which enabled him to travel the world, while still a student.

Derick Mohlala, president of Golden Key Wits Chapter, said: “We met our objective of networking. It was an opportunity for students to find out first hand [the] information [about] their career path from corporates.”

Six Wits alumni who graduated two years ago also attended the event which was unusual as many students forget about the association once they get jobs.

Honorary members include former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni, Bill Cosby, and Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manual.

“We [are] trying to expose members and non-members to opportunities that are not easily accessible – irrespective of the degree a student holds,” said Mohlala.