THE REASON for uMshwathi Library Services doing career outreach is to provide access to all the information that pupils need to make informed decisions about their choice of career. Spokesperson for uMshwathi Municipality Sbusiso Mkhithi said: “By inviting the various institutions, who can provide these pupils with all the necessary information to assist them in making these informed choices as to their future careers, our aim is to influence the academic achievements of individuals and assist them in lifelong learning, preparing them for productive employment and successful futures.”Mkhithi said uMshwathi Library Services have embarked on careers outreach as part of their community service project to empower and educate pupils through information. “UMshwathi Library Services started with the careers outreach programme in 2015 and since then it has grown from strength to strength. Each year our careers outreach gets bigger and we learn from the previous careers outreach, so with each year they get better as well.“This event was to enable Grade 12 pupils to find out what the various institutions have on offer and what is available in pursuing various opportunities,” Mkhithi said. School that attended included Ekupholeni Secondary School, Swayimane High School, Gobizembe High School, and Sibongumusa High School. We were very pleased with the turnout from the schools and estimated that 220 pupils benefited from the outreach programme. Institutions who attended were Varsity College, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology, Midlands Community College, Damelin, Rosebank College, Durban University of Technology, I.T. Certification Academy, iStudent Academy, and Boston College. Mkhithi added: “The pupils then got the opportunity to visit each institution to get all the information that they will need to make an informed choice about their future. “The feedback that we have received about the day has been extremely positive. Teachers from the various schools have asked that we have the careers outreach for Grade 12 [pupils] early in the year. All the representatives of the institutions remarked that they were glad about all the exposure that they received. We were very encouraged by the feedback received and the suggestions made for our future careers outreaches. They all confirmed that they would be at any other outreach programmes that we will have in the future.” — Supplied.