Careers guidance offers help

2015-09-10 06:00

Grade 9 learners from high schools Fezeka and Phoenix attended a Youth Improvement Day at the Khanisa Church Building in Thambo Village.  

Mbongiseni Maseko

Grade 9 learners from high schools Fezeka and Phoenix attended a Youth Improvement Day at the Khanisa Church Building in Thambo Village. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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“We need to de-stigmatise some jobs so that more young people can get skilled in industries which have a shortage of skills.

This was the message from City councillor Theresa Uys during the Youth Improvement Day event in Thambo Village in Gugulethu on Friday.

The event was organised by NGO Izandla Zethemba organisation which focuses on social development and assists communities affected by HIV/Aids.

A major component of the event was on career guidance where grade nines from four schools were invited.

“This is the most crucial time for them as they will be choosing which subjects to take in grade 10 next year so they need to have the correct information regarding their desired careers.

An event like this will help by showing them available opportunities other than going to university,” said Uys. She “was glad that FET colleges were part of the program”.

Uys spurred the learners on by encouraging them to set goals and become serious with their career choice.

“From now on the decision making is becoming serious and you must know that you are now your main business,” she told the learners.

Xolile Mukutuana, youth coordinator at Izandla Zethemba, said: “It is quite important for them to make the right choices now because once they take that decision there will be no turning back.

Very often when children do not get career guidance, they end up regretting their choice,” said Mukutuana.

They had invited Phoenix High school in Manenberg, Fezeka High, I.D Mkhize and Gugulethu Comprehensive Schools.

“We could not fit them all in one room so we organised a session with two schools at the time.

We invited the NYDA, the Cape College as well as North Link College with the hope that they will be able to make informed decisions regarding their subjects next year,” said Mukutuane.

Sibusiso Phasiya, 14, from Fezeka High School left the with an even greater resolve regarding his careers choice.

“I am now than ever certain that I want to study information technology even though I’m not sure where I will be studying.

I know that I should focus on Maths and Science subjects for next year,” he said

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