ST MARKS STUDENTS SHARE JOB SHADOWING EXPERIENCE
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.