…after school opportunities highlighted
By Sanae Kiunsi
CAREERS Expo 2018 was held in Windhoek this week and learners got the opportunity to be exposed to their prospective careers after their high school education.
The two day event featured university representatives who provided the students with information on their universities’ courses, application process and other fundamental career information the learners needed.
The event, which originated from South Africa, celebrated its 10th year anniversary in Namibia. With over 26 exhibitors from within and outside Namibia, over 2000 learners visited the expo, mainly grade 11 and 12 learners.
One of the learners who attended the expo, Melody Owoses, told Confidénte that the event was very informative.
“I am much more inspired and motivated for the next step after high school,” she said.
Present at the expo were professionals from different fields, who spoke to learners and responded to inquiries they had in reference to the various professions.
The Founder and CEO of Elephonic IT company Kennedy Liswani told the learners to work hard by prioritising learning and empowering themselves with knowledge”.
He said determination and innovation is what they needed to succeed in their careers like the great inventors of our times, such as Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Fashion model Chelsi Shikongo spoke to the learners about the highs and lows of being in the fashion industry. She advised those aspiring to be fashion models to believe in themselves and stay focused. “You are your only competition. There is no one like you,” Shikongo told the learners.
The Namibian Employers’ Federation (NEF) informed the learners of possible funding for vocational training through apprenticeship opportunities being offered.
Lineekela Hamutumwa, one of the Careers Expo assistants, said that the aim of the event was to “broaden the scope of career options for the learners from all walks of life”.
Hamutumwa also shared information on the new app, Greatmatch, which she described as a tool that learners can use to access information on their aspired careers, such as the types of subjects to focus on and other career options that they may consider.
Organisers of the Careers’ Expo plan to expand the event to more regions in the country other than the current host towns of Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Ongwediva.
“It would also be great if we could be involved in the policy engagements of the country. For instance, by creating a White Paper on Education annually, as the information will be updated regularly since we cater to different students every year,”
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