Learners get a peek into further education

2019-08-20 06:00
Steenberg High School learners talk about their role-models at the Career Day Expo.PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

Steenberg High School learners talk about their role-models at the Career Day Expo.PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

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Steenberg High School’s Career Day Expo, held on Tuesday 13 August, offered learners the opportunity to find out more about life beyond their final exams.

The expo was well supported by various organisations and enabled Grade 9 to 12 learners to explore the options available to them after high school. It also gave learners the chance to direct burning questions to representatives from tertiary institutions: University of Cape Town (UCT), Varsity College and False Bay College.

They were also able to learn more about skills development organisations: Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation; Communiversity, the skills-building organisation equipping school-leavers with the knowledge to attend mainstream universities and colleges; Sozo Foundation, an institution developing highly-applicable skills; and Mot SA, the youth-centred organisation developing life-skills.

Julia Duminy of Mot SA, who addressed Grade 9 learners, urged them to be role-models as they navigate through the school years that will lead them to further education.

“The vision of Mot is to develop robustness, to make you strong. So that you understand how to include others so that nobody feels left out. Each one of you is a role-model in your class and you can share your courage with someone else,” she said.

Amanda Mtya, a construction management lecturer at UCT, shared her story with learners and explained that through education, anything is possible.

“I represent the university, but I also represent someone who grew up ekasi. I grew up in a township called Samora Machel and I went to a township high school – my experiences were similar to many of yours. Now I’m lecturing at UCT; one of the best universities in the world.”

Learners could visit the stands of each organisation that attended the expo to give them a better idea of what career direction they might like to follow in the near future.

Matric learners Raffaello Smith and Igshaan Damon were optimistic after attending the expo.

Damon said: “It was interesting. I learned a lot. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but they told me to go after what I want. I want to be a sports commentator. I don’t know where to study yet but I’ll find out more on the internet.”

Smith added: “I’m getting the opportunity to learn about which institutions I can learn at because I want to study business administration. I want to study at UCT.”

Elaborating on the importance of choosing wisely when deciding on what to study, Mtya said: “What I want you to take away from this is that you are somebody. Careers don’t make us, so choose a career that is compatible with your life.

“Choose a career that you love. Choose one that is closest to your heart,” she said.

She added that changing an area of study is possible and acceptable.

  • For more information on UCT, call 021 650 9111; for Varsity College, call 021 685 5021; for False Bay College, call 021 787 0800; for Where Rainbows Meet, call 021 205 3496; for Communiversity, call 021 824 0055; for Sozo Foundation, call 021 825 5529; and for Mot SA, call 021 696 6610.

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