Mondi Career Week. From 2 to 5 May the Mondi Science, Career Guidance and FET Skills Centre hosted their annual career week for local schools.
During this event, learners were given the opportunity to learn about the different career options available, as well as the academic requirements to follow these career paths. There were academic institutions and organisations present to give the learners guidance in regard to tertiary education. The Central Applications Office (CAO) handed out information booklets and application forms to the learners. This is an office set up to help learners apply at tertiary institutions.
One application form can be used to apply for up to six courses and there can be applied to different institutions as well. The Department of Labour gave information to the learners about their career guidance service. This service provides a platform to help learners apply for jobs, as well as to compile a CV and to receive training in the necessary skills that they need to be successful in both their academic and work applications.
The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and the Gert Sibande TVET College informed the learners about the various courses that they offer, and also explained the application process. The focus of the SAPS presentation was the career opportunities that they offer other than field officers. Options such as investigative, social, artistic, realistic, enterprising and conventional were under discussion.
Within each group the various careers were discussed, as well as the academic achievements necessary to qualify. The Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) based at the University of Pretoria (UP) presented the different specialization fields available within plant health. As FABI is a postgraduate institution, learners were also informed of the undergraduate courses within the BSc faculty that they can complete to further their studies here.
The UP students who presented the information, also used practical examples (such as DNA-extraction) to visually show the learners what they do. The Department of Water and Sanitation explained the process of how water comes from the river to the taps in town and encouraged the learners to consider becoming engineers and water scientists, as these are scarce skills that are needed in their field.
The Inkomati- Usuthu Cathcment Management Agency gave a presentation on the various career opportunities that they have on offer to the learners. The Department of Health presented the learners with information regarding different medical fields. Learners were also informed of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and how they can apply to receive funding from there to further their studies.
Everybody who took part in the event encouraged the learners to work hard at school in order to obtain the necessary marks to further their education and to then complete a course that they are interested in.