Preparing students for the working world
AS part of its Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programme, the University of Zululand last week hosted communication specialists from around the city who addressed Media Studies and Public Relations students on their role in the industry.
Aimed at giving the students a taste of the various communication roles, the session afforded the students valuable insight into the communication industry.
‘Before the students make up their minds as to what job they want to go into once qualified, we feel it important to showcase their options,’ said Judy Ngubane, UniZulu WIL co-ordinator and lecturer: Communication Science, Faculty of Arts.
ZO senior journalist Tamlyn Jolly, along with Icora FM’s station manager B Msweli, 1 KZN TV producer L Mbili and City of uMhlathuze Communications Manager Mdu Ncalane, were given the opportunity to bring the industry to life as the students listened intently.
All in their final year of studies, the students will in their last six months be given the opportunity to intern at one of these local organisations where they will get a hands-on feel for the job for which they have spent the last two years studying.
Dr Naidoo, UniZulu Acting HOD: Communication Science, Faculty of Arts, said their faculty is leading the way in Work Integrated Learning and the department has many positive student testimonials to attest to that.
Previous UniZulu students have proved themselves during their WIL experience and have been offered permanent jobs once their internships are over.
‘Each year the students have bigger and bigger shoes to fill, but we look forward to giving them the best opportunities possible to help catapult them into their chosen careers,’ said Ngubane.
‘The ZO is at present in discussions with the university as to how we can assist their communication students better understand the media world,’ said ZO Editor-in-Chief, Dave Savides.
‘We are looking forward to an ongoing collaboration with UniZulu.’
UniZulu Communication Science students listening intently to the possible job opportunities within their chosen industry of study University of Zululand
Judy Ngubane, UniZulu WIL Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Communication Science, Faculty of Arts