ST MARKS STU­DENTS SHARE JOB SHAD­OW­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCE

Sunday Observer - - YOUTH SECTION -

To be hon­est, be­fore I did my job shad­ow­ing at Swazi Ob­server, I never thought of work­ing at any me­dia house let alone read a newspaper.

A week be­fore my ex­pe­ri­ence, if I picked up a newspaper, I would only be brows­ing through the en­ter­tain­ment sec­tion.

This has been a great op­por­tu­nity and great ex­po­sure; this was for us to get a feel of the cor­po­rate world and to make right choices unit re­gard to the ca­reers that we want to pur­sue. Work­ing for this newspaper has taught me that there’s a lot more to be­ing an ac­coun­tant, its taught me that there are other ca­reers that you can look into, that in­volve ac­count­ing but much more in­ter­est­ing.Just to point out the few things that we did dur­ing our time here:

• We went to the Swazi­land In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair

• We got to in­ter­view and take pic­tures of some busi­nesses (NIDCS,FSE&CC,UNSWA UNISWA Foun­da­tion)

• We met the Min­is­ter of Com­merce Jabulani Mabuza

Prior to com­ing here, I wasn’t sure what to ex­pect from the whole ex­pe­ri­ence, in fact, I wasn’t sure if jour­nal­ism was a ca­reer I re­ally wanted to pur­sue.

Then when I came here, I learnt that I re­ally en­joy jour­nal­ism as it is a plat­form to ex­press one­self on any is­sue. I am also a cre­ative per­son and also write books, po­ems and sto­ries thus I loved how this con­nected as part of the cre­ative world. I ap­pre­ci­ated the peo­ple I met and it was a pat on the back every time I saw my name in the newspaper with my ar­ti­cle and pic­tures I took. That re­ally in­spired and mo­ti­vated me to con­sider be­ing a jour­nal­ist, prob­a­bly part-time but it is greatly ac­knowl­edged. I met very ex­pe­ri­enced and help­ful peo­ple and I ap­pre­ci­ate the laughs we al­ways had with the Sun­day team.

I learnt that jour­nal­ism of­fers one much more than just pub­lish­ing what the pub­lic wants to know, it also al­lows you to meet in­ter­est­ing

• We met up with the staff of the Swazi Ob­server, in par­tic­u­lar the ac­counts team.

Talk­ing to the ac­counts of­fi­cer gave me a broad view of what she does, and how her job is dif­fer­ent from that of the ac­coun­tant and the cashier. In my mind I had this weird idea that an ac­coun­tant does ev­ery­thing, and I found that this can be di­vided into dif­fer­ent sec­tions. Go­ing to the trade fair was the fo­cal point of my jour­ney here.I was able to un­der­stand the va­ri­ety of busi­nesses in the coun­try, this will as­sist me in mak­ing peo­ple, just like I met Me­shack Maseko, the Brand Man­ager of MTN, at the SITF. I don’t think I would have met him if it wasn’t for this op­por­tu­nity that was pro­vided for me by Swazi Ob­server and my school. I also spoke to the Min­is­ter of Com­merce over the phone.

I learnt that an il­lus­tri­ous jour­nal­ist must pub­lish with­out fear or favour all news that is in the pub­lic’s in­ter­est whilst you re­spect the pub­lic it­self and ob­serve the in­sti­tu­tion of the coun­try’s au­thor­ity by en­sur­ing that all pub­li­ca­tion in­volv­ing their Majesties are fac­tu­ally, cul­tur­ally and tra­di­tion­ally cor­rect. A true jour­nal­ist con­sists of these qual­i­ties and more and these qual­i­ties were in­stilled in me dur­ing the course of the week. I am very ap­pre­cia­tive to the Swazi Ob­server staff for wel­com­ing us and tak­ing their time to ed­u­cate, help and IN­SPIRE us to fol­low our dreams and be the best peo­ple we can be. an in­formed de­ci­sion about my ca­reer. I got to work with a phe­nom­e­nal woman, Thembeka Dlamini, who has taught me a lot, more than just about business but also a bit of life morals. She was there for us through­out the week, help­ing us, and in­tro­duc­ing us to the right peo­ple.

I would like to thank the Swazi Ob­server, as well as our school St Marks High School, for al­low­ing us this op­por­tu­nity.This has been a wakeup call for us as we leave high school on what we should ex­pect when we get out there.

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