Networking event for youth

2017-09-19 06:00
Learners at a career expo held at a public library last week.

Learners at a career expo held at a public library last week.

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Libraries are rich sources of information on careers available to learners, matriculants or even those who are looking for a change of pace, and in light of this, the City of Cape Town has held a host of career-focused exhibitions at its libraries.

“Our libraries offer more than just books and other materials about the myriad career options available. We provide career exhibitions, outline the best way to job-hunt, and host workshops on CV preparation.

“For example, later this month there is a youth unemployment workshop at the Parow Library as well as youth networking events at the Tafelsig and Weltevreden Libraries. While these may seem like simple steps, they lead to greater possibilities,” says JP Smith, Mayco member for safety, security and social services.

Two libraries recently hosted successful events with a career expo at the Bellville South Library and a skills workshop for job hunters at the Wesfleur Library.

And this week such an event will be held in Tafelsig.

“One of the main motivators for these interventions is the high unemployment rate among young people. These events make it easier for them to access the information they need in order to gain skills and find a job. With the library events, you can gain insight into possible careers and identify the skills needed to become successful in your chosen profession,” says Smith.

A youth networking event will be held at Tafelsig Library on Friday. It will also cover CV preparation.

“Many young people are not only unaware of the employment opportunities available, but also don’t know how to access those ­opportunities.

“Libraries provide a wealth of information on how you can make the connections and find the path to a career, enabling you to become an economically productive member of society. I urge young people to make use of these opportunities and learn as much as possible from their local library. The world is our oyster and the library is the door that leads to it,” says Smith.

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