MAKING the correct career choice took centre stage at the recent career expo held especially for learners in Winburg and the township of Makeleketla in the Free State. The expo was held in the Winburg town hall. This was an initiative of a non-profit organisation called the Winburg/Makeleketla Alumni Society (WMAS), which has been in existence for five years. Itumeleng Khoali, a member of the organisation, said the career expo is held annually to purposely share with the attendees information about careers they wish to pursue in the future. Information includes the examination preparation plan, subjects required and university entrance requirements, as well as employment prospects after graduating at tertiary level. He said special focus is placed on the fields of accounting and auditing, engineering, aviation, agriculture, social sciences, education and business. Khoali said government and private entities, as well as tertiary institutions, are involved as part of the programme to make presentations to ensure learners understand clearly what is required of them to realise their careers. “The primary objective to bring institutions of higher learning, employers and learners under one roof is sharing much-needed information on career paths,” said Khoali. He said they also invite qualified persons already in the field as further motivation and to share with attendees the many lessons they learnt throughout their journeys of becoming chartered accountants and engineers. Shuping Mamogwe (29), a qualified chartered accountant holding the position of senior manager at the Auditor General of South Africa in Bloemfontein, was guest speaker, sharing with the learners lessons of his journey.