Career Prospects Outlined at Employer Exhibition
Students from the College of Law and Management Studies engaged with prospective employers at a careers exhibition on the Westville campus.
The annual event creates a platform for students to engage with prospective employers about opportunities for personal development, full-time job opportunities, vacation employment, training contracts, learnerships, international work-placement, and bursary opportunities.
Exhibitors included Nestlé South Africa, Mr Price Group, Standard Bank, AdaptIT, and the Public Investment Corporation.
Honours in Supply Chain Management student, Ms Shanice Naicker, said as someone who will join the employment sector soon, the exhibition was a good platform for one-on-one conversations with people in industry.
‘The exhibition is very helpful as I got to know about other companies which I didn’t know existed and found out what they have to offer. Going forward, I would like to see more companies at the expo, especially in the fields of marketing and logistics,’ said Naicker.
Speaking from a graduate’s perspective, Ms Vuyi Mandlakazi who joined Ernst & Young this year and holds a BCom Accounting degree, said the transition from studying to working was an eye-opener.
‘When you are a student, you get used to working at your own pace but when you are working, you must adhere to strict working hours and deadlines. ‘While university prepares you for the theoretical, the practical aspects of working life, still takes some getting used to. I am lucky to be working in a small office with a family environment where I get to learn a lot daily. My advice to students is that they have to take advantage of opportunities, ask as many questions as they can and apply for the graduate employment opportunities available to them,’ she said.
Words and photographs: Thandiwe Jumo