Libraries link young­sters for ca­reers

The New Age (Gauteng) - - WESTERN CAPE NEWS - TNA RE­PORTER prov­inces@the­newage.co.za

THE city of Cape Town’s libraries are link­ing young peo­ple, es­pe­cially those in ma­tric, to ca­reer pos­si­bil­i­ties and op­por­tu­ni­ties, the city said yes­ter­day.

Many libraries of­fer ex­pos, ca­reer ses­sions, un­em­ploy­ment work­shops and net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

City libraries are rich re­sources of in­for­ma­tion on ca­reers avail­able to pupils, ma­tric­u­lants or even those who were look­ing for a change of pace.

“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 job­hunt 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,’’ the city’s may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for safety and se­cu­rity and so­cial ser­vices, JP Smith, said.

Two libraries re­cently hosted suc­cess­ful ca­reer-fo­cused events.

A ca­reer expo at the Bel­lville South Li­brary last week drew 24 ex­hibitors and more than 524 at­ten­dees, while those who at­tended a work-seek­ers skills work­shop at the Wes­fleur li­brary learned how to com­pile a suc­cess­ful CV.

“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.

“We want to make it eas­ier to find em­ploy­ment, in line with our Or­gan­i­sa­tional De­vel­op­ment and Trans­for­ma­tion Plan goal to pro­vide ac­cess to eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for all of our res­i­dents.

“With the li­brary events, you can gain in­sight into pos­si­ble ca­reers and iden­tify the skills needed to be­come suc­cess­ful in your cho­sen pro­fes­sion,’’ Smith said.

At the youth un­em­ploy­ment work­shop at the Parow Li­brary on Septem­ber 20, young peo­ple would be taught job­hunt­ing skills.

“A youth en­gage­ment and net­work­ing work­shop at the Wel­tevre­den Li­brary on Septem­ber 21 would fo­cus on how to ap­ply to ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions, the cour­ses on of­fer and the sub­ject re­quire­ments.

A teen ca­reer in­for­ma­tion ses­sion would take place at the Scotts­dene Li­brary on Septem­ber 22, fo­cus­ing on us­ing SmartCape com­put­ers to ap­ply for po­si­tions on­line, choos­ing a ca­reer and ap­ply­ing for fi­nan­cial aid, in­clud­ing the doc­u­ments re­quired.

Also on the same day, a youth net­work­ing event at Tafel­sig Li­brary would 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,’’ Smith said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on ca­reers, res­i­dents have ben re­quested to con­tact their lo­cal libraries.

Phumelela Dhlomo

SKILLS: Safety and se­cu­rity MMC JP Smith.

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