Building Positive Dreams for the Youth in South Africa

 

When you’re still young, in high school years, you hardly know what you want to do after high school graduation. You want to do this and that and before you know it, you’ve already changed your mind countless times but still not sure which career path you want to pursue. In such instances, something like a Career Fair is what you need to get a little guidance as to where to begin.

 

In South Africa, youth in low income communities often face barriers to life after high school – their career success is limited to knowledge, resources and support. To help fill the gap in knowledge and support, United Way South Africa hosted a Career Fair on the 10th May 2018 in order to provide the knowledge and support with regards to different career paths to 420 Grade 10 learners in Ivory Park Secondary School in Tembisa, Johannesburg.

 

This was the place where ambition met opportunity. Learners received guidance and gained insight into their desired profession and got to interact with the best in various professional fields. They gained insight into their desired profession, and got to interact face-to-face with the best in various professional fields. United Way South Africa believes that it is important to engage, inspire and empower our youth in order to make their ‘tomorrow’ better than yesterday.

The Career Fair show-cased different career opportunities in Engineering, Law, Finance and Accounting, Health, Logistics, Information Technology, Marketing and Sales, Business Management and more.

 

We are dedicated to actively promote Further Education and Training in South Africa and providing our youth with as much information as possible for them to make right choices in life so that they may achieve their dreams. With the help of 70 professional experts from different cooperatives - as volunteers from Cummins, UPS, Eli Lilly and Company, Sefalafala Attorneys, South African Police Services; the day was successful and productive. Our volunteers were very happy to interact with the learners and were actually amazed on the passion that the learners have towards a bright future ahead of them because whether we like it or not, the youth is critical to our own future and the economy of the country depends on them. Our volunteers’ contributions will definitely have an effect on our youth’s academic and professional success.

 

The Career Fair was a valuable opportunity to engage local youth and showcase career opportunities available to them after high school. This is what the principal of the school, Mrs. Edith Mamosebo had to say: “Whatever we did together here today, has got a meaning because there is a positive feedback from the learners in terms of having a light in careers they would love to focus on in future.”

You too can contribute to the next generation by getting involved and helping us succeed with the United Way’s mission. You can GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER.