Ms. Ngale, an EMS, Creative Arts and Life Orientation teacher from Maryvale College recently attended the Career Indaba 2016 with the grade 11 and 12 learners. She talked to us about the event.
Can the experience you and your learners had at the Indaba?
The Career Indaba was well organized and some of the learners benefited, whilst others did not. The main universities were not there and the learners were looking forward to receiving information from these universities.
What is the importance of events like this and what role do they play in shaping learners’ career choices?
These are critical events which play a significant role in the lives of learners. Through career expos, learners are informed about their line of careers and are able to identify which course(s) do to at tertiary level. They are also informed about APS scores and whether they qualify for particular institutions or not. At the end of these events, learners become hopeful and motivated; they have an idea or direction of what to do, where to apply and how to reach for their goals after grade 12.
Which displays were most popular with the learners?
I think Lesedi FM because it is a popular radio station and the DJ is a well known celebrity. One of the Grade 11 learners (Kholiwe Dire) had an interview there and it was a great experience for her.
What kind of advice and guidance did they receive?
Well the same learner (Kholiwe) was advising young people on air about the importance of knowing yourself and discovering your passion. In her interview, she mentioned that starting out a career should be based on passion and not how much the job is paying.
Will you be attending again next year?
Yes, it would be quite beneficial for the other grades to attend too.
We also caught up with Siphosihle Xaba, a grade 10 learner at Oceans Private School in Randburg who told us that he found the Career Indaba to be very helpful and that he learned a lot. His favourite exhibitor was Fasset (SETA for Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services.) Where he learned about the requirements of becoming a chartered accountant.