Careers in focus at Winter School

2015-07-15 06:00
Linkside High Grade 11 learners (second from left, to right) Sibusiso Mvunyiswa (17), Zandile Hanabe (18), Lydia Hambridge (16) and Sinovuyo Kalako (17), were among the nearly 400 learners attending NMMU’s Grade 11 Accounting Winter School, who were

Linkside High Grade 11 learners (second from left, to right) Sibusiso Mvunyiswa (17), Zandile Hanabe (18), Lydia Hambridge (16) and Sinovuyo Kalako (17), were among the nearly 400 learners attending NMMU’s Grade 11 Accounting Winter School, who were

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NEARLY 400 Grade 11 pupils had a serious think about their possible careers at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s future-focused Grade 11 Accounting Winter School last week.

Next to a giant mural of the university’s iconic namesake, Nelson Mandela, titled “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?”, the pupils pinned notes about future possible careers and life experiences.

These ranged from jobs as chartered accountants to neurosurgeons to social workers to self-employed business owners, both in South Africa and abroad.

“The Grade 11 Accounting Winter School is about much more than academic work,” said NMMU Accounting 1 senior lecturer and Winter School programme coordinator, Ansulene Prinsloo.

“Yes, we want the pupils to improve their marks, which will help them when they apply to university or for bursaries. But we also want to teach them the life skills they will need to be successful.”

That is why the Winter School, themed “Your future in focus”, was peppered with motivational talks by staff from international professional services firm PwC, along with NMMU accounting students who were excelling among their peers. In addition, for the first time in the three-year history of the Grade 11 Winter School, mentors were assigned to the pupils’ tutorial groups. The mentors are either qualified chartered accountants working at PwC, or doing their training contract at PwC, the firm that sponsored the Winter School.

Each day, while the pupils are at their small-group tutorial classes, mentors move between their allocated groups, to talk to the pupils and answer any questions they might have about working in the industry, as well as life skills neededto be successful in academic studies. For many pupils, this has been a highlight.

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