Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Career Fair prepares students for workplace

GETTING AHEAD: The Faculty of Business and Management Sciences partnered with PAWA Africa to hold the Shaping Futures Career Virtual Fair which is part of the Transformation Conversations in the Faculty. GETTING AHEAD: The Faculty of Business and Management Sciences partnered with PAWA Africa to hold the Shaping Futures Career Virtual Fair which is part of the Transformation Conversations in the Faculty.

The Faculty of Business and Management Sciences partnered with PAWA Africa, resullting in the Shaping Futures Career Virtual Fair, which is part of the Transformation Conversations in the Faculty. The platform was shared with industry leaders from All4Youth, Nestlé, NielsenIQ South Africa and ABB South Africa who shared information as to bursaries, internships, differently abled internships, apprenticeships and graduate programmes.

Mandie Richards, a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty and the programme facilitator, indicated that as many students are often unaware as to the direction of their careers, the Faculty then assists in shaping futures by partnering with organisations who are able to guide students through available possibilities and opportunities. Richards further stated that that many positions do not even exist as yet, and as the future is being driven by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), 5IR and the evolving 6IR it is imperative that students explore opportunities, adapt to change and remain relevant as this is key to their future success.

The virtual fair was attended by over 200 students and staff members, who engaged in an interactive session with leaders in industry who shared their insights and provided guidance to students as to what awaits them in the world of work. The partners shared Information which included enhancing students’ skills and talent, building their career portfolio and emphasising the necessity of integrating 4IR and 5IR skills.

Alesimo Mwanga, executive director at PAWA Africa, posed the following question to students “Have you started working on your career plan?” and elaborated on the need for students to engage in career mapping and networking so as to work towards achieving their career goals and objectives. Mwanga added that the importance of problem-solving abilities, analytical thinking and innovation and technology skills would be required to add value to organisations.

Noxolo Mnisi, the Youth Initiative Lead at Nestlé, raised concerns about the “Triple Gap”, namely Poverty, the Skill Gap and Unemployment, and said the All4Youth movement is a business-driven programme meant to assist youth transition from education and training to employment and was created to address youth unemployment and employability.

Oluwadamilola Adeyinkat, the Human Resources Leader at NielsenIQ, South Africa shared information as to the role of big data and the relevance to industry. She further informed that their organisation was attracted to graduates who were self-starters, team players and were emotionally intelligent and the Talent Programme afforded opportunities for development via the training curriculum.

Refilwe Mocumi, the Human Resources Services Specialist: Learning & Development at ABB South Africa, engaged students on the breaking down of gender stereotypes and equal opportunities being afforded via Young Talent Programmes.

Ortem Callaghan, a Businesss Information and Administrator Advanced Diploma student, shared her insights as to the importance of having a passion for what you do and to continue to develop skills, whilst volunteering at organisations.

All partners also advised that recruitment for positions in industry has changed and that interviews have taken the format of gamification and case studies, as it allows for organisations to identify the problem-solving and analytical abilities of potential employees.

Richards added that the importance of peoples’ skills is key to ensuring success in organisations, and that should opportunities not arise, students’ tenacity and innovation will require that they be creators of employment and afford opportunities to youth.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za