Expo highlights relevant careers

2019-05-15 06:01

Road infrastructure, environmental management and civil engineering have been identified as relevant careers in South Africa’s economy that students should consider.

More than 2 000 learners from several high schools in the Free State were made aware of the importance of these careers to country’s economic growth at a career expo for grade 10 to 12 learners held 23 April at the Mangaung Indoor Sport Centre in Bloemfontein.

The expo was hosted by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) and supported by the Free State Department of Education.

Ten exhibitors were in attendance to showcase opportunities available for learners within their respective organisations.

Monageng Mokgojwa, SANRAL coordinator: eastern region, said the expo was important to help the learners who are undecided about what careers to pursue after completing matric.

“They left the career expo with a good idea of the job they would like to see themselves in,” he said.

According to Mokgojwa, grade 10 to 12 learners were best placed to help make informed decisions.

He said the entity was offering internships, scholarships and bursary programmes to successful candidates studying in programmes to contribute towards strengthening the country’s expertise in engineering and construction.

The learners were encouraged to consider electronics as it increases the use of technology to detect and respond to incidents, and to keep road users aware of conditions on the national network.

For two learners from Bainsvlei Combined High School the expo was an eye opener.

Mpho Sello (19) and Zukiswa Mbali (18), both in grade 12, said they were inspired by SANRAL’s involvement in the building environment. Sello plans to pursue a career in civil engineering as he loves the challenge it provides, while Mbali (18), expressed huge interest in following engineering as a career. “Civil engineering is one of my career options as there is a big demand for women engineers in the industry. Building roads and bridges helps build relationships and better lives.”

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