Career day in Umlazi
Pupils from four high schools in Engonyameni, near Emoyeni in KwaZulu-Natal were thrilled when given an opportunity to attend a Career Day made possible by BusiM Foundation and Tongaat Hulett.
Over 500 grade 12 pupils from Mhawu, Phambili, Skhwama and Vukuzakhe High Schools were enlightened with career advice in the fields of commerce, natural science, social science, engineering, medicine and agriculture.
The fourth annual event jointly hosted by BusiM Foundation, a non-profit organisation, in partnership with Tongaat Hulett, aims to boost pupils’ educational and career awareness in rural areas of KZN.
“In 2015, the partnership kicked-off fruitfully with Tongaat Hulett, our primary sponsor, who assisted us with equipment, funding for tertiary students, experts in engineering and agricultural sectors to advise pupils of the various career opportunities and learnership and internship programmes that are available,” said Busisiwe Mdletshe, founder of BusiM Foundation.
Nkonzo Mhlongo, Tongaat Hulett Socio-Economic Development Manager, said it is important for students to select the right career path which fits their personality and links to their passion in life.
“Agriculture and engineering are important careers and pupils need to be exposed to opportunities. Partnerships are important for Tongaat Hulett and the Career Day gives us the opportunity to partner with all stakeholders under the banner of education and training,” she said.
The Career Day was immensely successful, said Mpisikayihlangulwa Nombela, headman of Engonyameni Community Leadership. “Students should take career expos seriously and make use of the opportunities available as they never know where it may lead them,” he said.
Msizi Mbhele, principal of Mhawu High School, said he was grateful for the Career Day which helped motivate pupils.
Londa Ntuli, principal of Phambili High School said: “We were extremely excited to have been one of the schools selected to have attended the Career Day. We were known as an underperforming school, however, this Career Day gives our pupils hope.”
While Edgar Thabane, principal of Vukuzakhe High School, said the Career Day offered students the incredible platform to engage with professionals that will offer them sound career advice.
Organisations that presented at the Career Day event included Tongaat Hulett and BusiM Foundation; Durban University of Technology; KwaZulu-Natal Department of Public Works; Bowman Gilfillan; Coca-Cola; University of KwaZulu-Natal Medical faculty; South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA); Naidu Consulting Civil Engineers and Mangosuthu University.