Learners take in career choices

2017-03-28 06:03
The two-day career expo saw thousands of Grade 9 to 12 learners and their parents visit the 30 stalls Spine Road High School.

The two-day career expo saw thousands of Grade 9 to 12 learners and their parents visit the 30 stalls Spine Road High School.

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Hundreds of local learners visited Spine Road High School on Friday and Saturday last week for the City of Cape Town’s career expo.

The Mitchell’s Plain district office of the City’s social development department hosted the expo for Grade 9 to 12 learners from schools in Mitchell’s Plain and Philippi.

The event was organised in partnership with the provincial education department and the Cape Careers Exhibitors Association. The career expo aimed to involve both learners and parents, as parents were able to attend information sessions to enable them to help their children make career decisions, help them with their studies, and give general life guidance.

The expo featured more than 40 exhibitors, including prospective TVET colleges, universities, City departments and private colleges.

The learners were able to interact with representatives from these prospective institutions and departments about career prospects suited to their qualifications, skills and interests.

“Career choices are daunting for most young people, many of whom aren’t really sure which direction they would like to take after they complete their schooling,” says Mayco member (south) Eddie Andrews.

“Expos like these are therefore crucial in helping learners decide what they would like to do and the specific requirements to help them reach their goal, but also to find out first-hand from people in those professions about their experiences.”

The expo is one of eight being held at district level by the City’s Social Development Department and forms part of its Youth Development Programme.

“The event also serves as an inspiration to learners who, through this experience, have expanded their horizons and cultivated an interest in a career that may never have crossed their minds before,” says Andrews.

In addition, learners were able to complete online computer-based PACE Career Development Assessments to help determine which careers they would be best suited for.

Parents were also invited to the expo and could attend information sessions designed to enable them to assist their children in making career decisions, help them with their studies, and provide general life guidance.

Samantha Lee attended the event and took these pictures.

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