Recruiters were impressed by the eagerness of the students to learn about employment contracts and vacation jobs. 

The Wits Graduate Recruitment Programme’s (GRP) Annual Graduate Recruitment Careers Fair kicked off with the Accounting Careers Fair on Tuesday, May 3, featuring eight recruiting companies from the accounting and professional services industry.

The companies included three of the ‘Big Four’  of the world’s leading accounting firms – KPMG, Ernst & Young and Deloitte.

A part of Wits Counselling and Careers Development Unit (CCDU), GRP facilitates interaction between Witsies and potential employers through careers fairs, presentations and webinars hosted on selected days every semester.

This programme aims to show students what to expect after graduating, by allowing them to engage with potential employers, according to GRP ambassador, Gaalebalwe Mogole (23). The GRP notifies students of upcoming events via email.

Recruiters personally engaged with students and explained the application processes for employment contracts, such as what documentation should be included in the application and where applications can be made.

Hannah De Jongh (22), a postgraduate diploma in accountancy student who attended, told Wits Vuvuzela that careers fairs help students know which companies to consider for training programmes after completing their studies, adding that this fair was useful.

Students were engaging and eager to learn about career opportunities, said Jane Shearer (49), Deloitte’s Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal regional recruitment manager. They “asked a lot of… relevant questions”, which included how they can apply for training contracts and vacation work.

People who attended the fair had a say in which recruiter was the Best Prospective Employer [at the] Accounting Careers Fair 2022 by voting on three criteria: company offerings and culture; meaningfulness of interactions; and friendliness. Ernst & Young took home this prize.

The Ernst & Young  graduate recruitment team won the Best Prospective Employer Accounting Careers Fair 2022 award. Photo: Tannur Anders

Mogole considered the “influx of students” a success and the GRP held its second Accounting Careers Fair on Thursday, May 5. The GRP is planning three other careers fairs:

May 13, 2022 – Law Careers Fair
May 26, 2022 – Maths, IT and Computer Sciences Careers Fair
July 28, 2022 – General All Degrees Careers Fair

FEATURED IMAGE: Accounting students, Tameron Govender (19) and Tezné Bunting (19), interact with a Deloitte recruiter. Photo: Tannur Anders