25 September 2013 Volume :1 Issue :3

Social Work Students Organise Career Information Day

Social Work Students Organise Career Information Day
Professor Cheryl Potgieter (back row centre) with UKZN Social Work students, Austerville community members and the youth.

As part of her social work practical requirements, UKZN student Ms Nokwanda Ndlovu and four colleagues organised a career information day for young student leaders and out of school youngsters in the Austerville area. 

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Humanities Professor Cheryl Potgieter gave an inspiring motivational talk in which she reflected on her life experiences and encouraged young people to set goals, to be focused and to work hard. 

Former SRC President Mr Siyabonga Nkontwana, said there were several funding options for students requiring finance.

Two community leaders, Chairperson of the Local Social Services Co-ordination Committee (the ‘war-room’) Pastor Earl Wilkinson, and Mrs Patricia Dove of the Women of Wentworth organisation, also supported the function and assured the youth that the community was proud of them and would support them.

In her evaluation, one of the participants wrote: ‘This helped me a lot and inspired me to work hard.’  Another said: ‘We should have more things like this because it helps change the way we think about things.’

Armed with CAO booklets and applications forms, the Austerville youth undertook to encourage their peers to consider further study at tertiary level. 

‘Working in Austerville for four months under the auspices of UKZN Community Outreach and Research has been a wonderful experience,’ said Ndlovu.

-          Melissa Mungroo

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