Discovering new paths

A career fair is the place to find a field of study that suits you.

30 July 2019 | Education

Evany van Wyk

The annual University of Namibia (Unam) Career Fair and Employment Expo took place on 24 and 25 July.

It was aimed at giving learners the opportunity to discover and learn more about fields of study that are suited to them. The career fair hosted internal exhibitors as well as external corporate entities, who made the event a success.

The official opening ceremony had many fun and motivating aspects to it.

From a performance by beloved Namibian artist Sunny Boy, to an inspirational talk by John Matsi, the first visually impaired individual at Unam to graduate with a master’s degree. The exhibitors and the attendees, who included Unam students and high school learners, took great pleasure in the performances as well as the speeches delivered by the Unam staff members.

Dean of students, Margereth Mainga, gave a heart-warming speech that highlighted the importance of bringing together potential employers and employees.

“We are aware that unemployment is a huge problem in Namibia, especially to our graduates,” said Mainga.

She further urged the corporates to partner with students, to not only provide employment, but also bursaries and internship opportunities.

Mainga elaborated on the purpose of the career fair, which was to expose learners to an environment where they can engage with professionals and get first-hand information on career paths. “We want them to be able to make a steadfast and informed decision.”

The exhibitors’ commitment was clearly visible in their efforts to make their stands attractive and also engaging for the learners. Some exhibitors started to decorate their stands the day before and just added the finishing touches the next morning.

“It’s always good to have a head-start and not run around to get things together the next day,” said one of the exhibitors.

A drama performance, which showcased how a woman goes into labour and how nurses go about the delivery procedures, was also a highlight. The Zone also had a stall at the career fair. A photo competition on Instagram was one of the initiatives the team came up with to actively engage the youth.

MTC won the award for the best exhibitor for 2019, followed by the Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) stand, which came second.

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