The Youth Committee was thrilled to learn that the 2017 Career Expo that took place on 27 May 2017 at the Head Quarters lived to the expectations of the youths.
For the first time since inception in 2009, the UAAC Career Expo was mainly led by UAAC Learners at various Institutions of Higher and Further Learning. These learners took it upon themselves to impart their knowledge of Tertiary education with their fellow UAAC members who are still at High School level. They handed out prospectuses and application forms from their respective Universities, whilst simultaneously providing career guidance to the attendants. They also taught and demonstrated how online application for various Universities was done.
Institutions that were represented included Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, University of Limpopo, University of Johannesburg, University of Venda, Wits, Vhembe FET and Damelin Business School.
The event was officially opened by the UAAC National Chairperson, Rev Nelufhangani, who encouraged learners to take advantage of the Youth Committee ‘s efforts of arranging such an important occasion. He also implored the Youth to be responsible, have vision, set goals and develop a sense of purpose in life.
Miss Mashudu Rambau, student at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, provided a motivational talk to the attendants. Relaying her own story of how she grew up at Ha-Maila, Miss Rambau contended that a person ‘s background must never be used as an excuse for not studying. She went on to say that pupils must have self discipline if they wish to succeed in tertiary level.
Mr Humbulani Mulaudzi, a BSC student at the University of Limpopo, made a presentation on what learners, especially those in Grade 10 and 11, should consider when choosing a career. He reminded the pupils that it takes them five years to choose a Career. However, one must live with that choice for over 40 years on average. This, he said, calls for a thorough decision whilst choosing a career. He concluded by wishing all the learners the best of luck as they engage in studying in preparation for the upcoming mid-year assessments.
The other presenters were as follows:
- Mr Justice Lebopa – University of Venda
- Mr Phumudzo Ramufhufhi – University of Pretoria
- Mr Cyril Sadiki – University of Johannesburg
- Miss Arina Mphigalale – Wits University and Damelin Business School
- Mr Zachariah Munzhedzi – Vhembe FET
- Mr Gift Chauke – Bursaries offered at all institutions
A well known life Coach from Limpopo, Mr Ramulifho, motivated the youth with his Charismatic presentation. He captivated the attention of all attendants with his sermon like presentation, starting his talk with scripture, mainly reading from the Book of Genesis. He indicated that the youth owe it to themselves to succeed as they have their own destinies on their hands.
A snap survey conducted by the Youth Committee at the conclusion of the Career Expo revealed high levels of satisfaction among learners who participated. They unanimously stated that the Career Expo was very informative and as they visit University Stalls in smaller groups, there was ample opportunity to ask questions from all the presenters and were cleared satisfactorily.
The Youth Committee vowed to continue with the Expo in order to empower the Youth who stay in remote areas.
Peace be unto all1