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.