Pre­par­ing stu­dents for the work­ing world

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

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

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