Career expo set to empower pupils

2018-06-05 06:01

The Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) invites high school learners to a career expo on its Pinelands campus on Saturday 4 August.

The expo is aimed at bridging the gap between learners from resource-constrained backgrounds and the privileged.

spokesperson Clotilde Angelucci says the school’s management seeks to provide equal opportunities to learners from both backgrounds. “For many high school learners, knowledge about careers and career choices is limited to what is taught to them in Life Orientation (LO) at school. This places a huge burden on LO teachers, who often have to squeeze career information in between an already bulging curriculum, and often students receive very little idea of all the options waiting for them beyond school. High school learners who come from resource-constrained backgrounds find it difficult to identify career profiles to emulate, when, in many cases, their parents and other adults in communities around them are predominantly representative of unskilled or semi-skilled professions­.”

Angelucci says the school’s management wants to create a platform that will expose learners to a variety of career mentors to guide and direct them into making correct career choices. She says this will help the learners gain insight into their own preferences and discover ways to match their personalities with career paths best suited to them.

According to Angelucci, the career expo provides a brilliant opportunity for young people to explore what exactly is out there in terms of jobs and ways to create their career futures. On the day, learners will have a chance to engage with different industry experts, TSiBA alumni and young professionals who not so long ago were standing in the same place of uncertainty. Learners will also be offered free career profiling opportunities.

The world of work is far removed from the career model of even two decades ago. It’s predicted that young people joining the workforce of the future will have at least 15 different jobs in five different industries during their career. Completing studies in business and following a business career allows a young person to gain skills that are versatile and transferable and which are foundational for any career they choose.

Angelucci advises learners, teachers and families from less privileged communities to take advantage of the opportunity. “The world of work is changing. The world of work is far removed from the lifelong career linear model of even two decades ago. There are exciting opportunities and career possibilities that didn’t exist even five years ago. The career expo is a wonderful opportunity to see what the future can hold.”

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