Former pupils inspire St John Paul II pupils at expo

2017-06-07 06:00

PUPILS from St John Paul ll Secondary in Elandskop were exposed to various career opportunities on Friday.

The school, in partnership with former pupils, organised a career expo aimed at advising and guiding current pupils in making correct career choices.

Former St John Paul ll pupil and one of the event organisers, Slindile Nxumalo, said through this effort they wanted to help youngsters to grow their
potential and enrol for suitable
qualifications when they get to tertiary level.

“A good career starts with a good choice of qualification. Our country is faced with massive shortage of skills, so our education system needs to respond better to the skills that are lacking.”

Exhibitors at the expo included institutions of higher learning, government departments and businesses.

Also invited to give a talk was the editor of Maritzburg Echo, Candyce Krishna, who spoke about the career choices available within the print
media with a special focus on
journalism.

“If you would like to become a journalist, the first thing you have to have is a love for reading and writing. Without a love for these two aspects, it would be very difficult or almost impossible to become a good journalist.

“You also have to have an outgoing personality that will enable you to meet new people, build relationships and find sources or informants who will tip you off about news happenings.”

She went on to list other career opportunities available within Media24 outside of the newsroom and advised pupils to follow their passion.

Principal Scebi Thabethe said pupils in the Elandskop area have a huge challenge of choosing the right career paths.

“This is due to a lack of knowledge and guidance - the fact that the school is located in the previously disadvantaged area also plays a huge role.

“We hope this initiative will get rid of the stigma that people from previously disadvantaged areas can’t be successful.”

Thabethe said they invited former pupils to motivate current pupils. “We wanted to inspire our current pupils and show them we have had success stories from the school. Our former
pupils are in various career fields and we wanted them to see that success is obtainable.”

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