Pupils praise exhibition valuable advice on choices
PUPILS from a local high school received much-needed career guidance when their school hosted a career expo yesterday. Walmer High School hosted its second such expo after the success of last year’s career advice exhibition.
he expo ran throughout the day, with pupils given advice on the best way to handle life after Grade 12.
The expo was a joint venture between Masifunde Learner Development and the Ready4Life Trust, with both organisations saying not enough was done to give career advice to children from underprivileged schools.
The event was organised by head of academic programmes Yolokazi Ndlondlo, and head of communications and fundraising Edem Foli at Masifunde Learner Development.
“What we wanted to do with this expo was to give the pupils a different perspective, from people in their specific fields of study,” Ndlondlo said.
Some of the careers on show included police work, engineering and electronics, careers in the financial sector and fire-fighting.
Foli said they chose the school because Masifunde was a community-orientated organisation and Walmer High School fitted their needs criteria.
“With the percentage of unemployed youth at 47.6%, according to Statistics South Africa, our aim is to significantly bring down this number, and equip pupils with the necessary information to make good career choices,” Foli said.
Grade 12 pupil Sanelisiwe Dick, 16, said the expo was very helpful as it informed her about exactly what was needed to further her studies. She would like to study criminal law and said the expo further cemented her decision.
Samkelo Koli, 16, another Grade 12 pupil, said the expo helped many pupils who did not know what they wanted to study.
“Keep on learning until you have achieved what you want in life, and do not give in to peer pressure. Don’t choose subjects just because your friends are doing the same subjects,” Koli said.
Walmer High School principal, Lunga Dyani said: “This expo is a great platform for pupils to enrich their knowledge of the various career choices they can make.”
“The most important thing is for them to become more openminded and realise life is based on trial and error,” he said.
“They must be able to look at their weaknesses and strengths, and make a realistic decision about their lives.”