Know your field of study for varsity, pupils advised

2016-05-11 06:00
PHOTO: nqobile mtolo At the career expo (from left) Msizi Mkhize, Nonjabulo Madlala, Samkelisiwe Ngcobo, Slindile Manzini, Nzuzo Ndlela and Mxolisi Mncube.

PHOTO: nqobile mtolo At the career expo (from left) Msizi Mkhize, Nonjabulo Madlala, Samkelisiwe Ngcobo, Slindile Manzini, Nzuzo Ndlela and Mxolisi Mncube.

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IT is imperative for pupils to know what field of study interests them and what career they see themselves in. They also need to make sure their academic records affords them such opportunities.

This was the highlight at the careers expo held at the community hall in Imbali Unit J.

Sizithobile Educare, Isaac Gold Peer Education Programme and Alhidaaya Dawa Network (ADN) joined hands to make the event a success.

ADN chairperson, Mxolisi Mncube, said choosing a career that one likes and is well informed about should not be dictated by parents, teachers or peers.

“When I enrolled for my third year at the University of KwaZulu-Natal for a science degree I realised it was not what I wanted to do. That, coupled with other challenges, made me drop the course and start a new one. If someone had spoken to me and made me aware of the many career choices beforehand, no doubt I would have done the right course from the beginning.

“My high-school teachers chose the geology career for me whereas my interest was in law. There are many pupils who take up tertiary courses based on influence from friends, family and teachers. By July next year I will finish my law degree,” said Mncube.

Msizi Mkhize, the project manager of Sizithobile, said that each pupil that reaches Grade 12 should know what their career of choice entails.

He invited representatives from institutions of higher learning to speak to pupils and give them information on what is available to study at their respective institutions.

“When some pupils pass matric they don’t know what they will study whereas others do not even know that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) exists to ease their financial study burden.

Slindile Manzini, project manager of Isaac Gold, said their responsibility is to plant behaviour change when pupils finish matric.

“When they go to the next level of their life, they should be focused. They must make the right choices so they can achieve their goals. In Pietermaritzburg we provide mentorship programmes to four high schools - KwaPata, Esiqongweni, Zamazulu and Mehlokazulu. Our programme is an international programme, but due to funding we are unable to expand this to other schools,” said Manzini.

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