Over 2 500 at 10th an­nual ca­reers fair!

Observer on Saturday - - News - By Ob­server On Satur­day Re­porter

The an­nual ca­reers fair has truly grown in strength,as ev­i­denced by the over 2 500 high school pupils who at­tended the event at the Mavuso Ex­hi­bi­tion and Trade Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.The an­nual ca­reers fair is a stu­dent-led CSI event and it is a com­mu­nity ser­vice project, or­gan­ised by IB2 stu­dents.

Ex­cite­ment and cu­rios­ity was writ­ten all over the faces of the stu­dents and youth who vis­ited the nu­mer­ous stalls of the 80 or­gan­i­sa­tions who had come to ex­hibit and talk about var­i­ous ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties. Most pupils ex­pressed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Water­ford and Old Mu­tual Swazi­land for bring­ing the 10th ca­reers fair. “Most of the time you have no one to tell you about ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties out there and you end up fin­ish­ing high school with­out mak­ing an in­formed de­ci­sion about your ca­reer,” said a pupil from St Michaels’ dur­ing the event.

The sig­nif­i­cance of the ca­reers fair was fur­ther high­lighted by Water­for­dand CSI alumni, Dalu­muzi Mh­langa, who also came to the event. “When you look back you re­alise that the event has re­ally grown over the years, and it is en­cour­ag­ing to see the thou­sands of young peo­ple who come to learn about ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said. Other Water­ford alum­nis who par­tic­i­pated in this year’s fair men­tioned that it was good to see the large num­ber of com­pa­nies who are manning their stalls. Among these were govern­ment de­part­ments, pri­vate sec­tor com­pa­nies, aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions and NGOs.

In ad­di­tion to the ex­hi­bi­tion, there was a spelling com­pe­ti­tion run by Macmil­lan Swazi­land in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Old Mu­tual, and a num­ber of stu­dents won prizes.

There was also a mo­ti­va­tional talk by Swazi mu­si­cian No­ma­lun­gelo Dladla. She talked about emo­tional in­tel­li­gence, pur­su­ing a life of pur­pose, pas­sion and work­ing to­wards achiev­ing your dreams.

Water­ford stu­dents en­ter­tained the par­tic­i­pants through­out the event. Some of the groups that per­formed in­clude the school choir, marimba group and gum­boot dance.

THE HIP STAND: Swazi Jive En­ter­tain­ment Di­rec­tor Sakhile Nkam­bule hav­ing a chat with pupils.

SHAR­ING VIEWS: Dalu­muzi Mh­langa hav­ing a chat with WK Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Co­or­di­na­tor Fiona Mills at the event. ABOVE: WK Ad­mis­sions Di­rec­tor John Store and the 2017 CSI team of stu­dents.

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