DECIDING on what to do after high school remains one of the most difficult tasks for many learners. Making such a choice requires guidance.
That was for that reason the University of Namibia’s northern campuses are hosting a Career Fair and Employment Expo to help undecided learners discover a calling that is appropriate for them for a better future.
The career fair that is taking place at Ongwediva, is being hosted to give secondary school learners a chance to meet with representatives of various industries and faculty representatives who are exhibiting what they offer.
All secondary schools of the region are represented. The event also attracted a large number of learners from the faraway Kunene Region.
Speaking at the opening ceremony on Wednesday, Oshana Regional Governor Elia Irimari said that the fair is intended to help learners find and choose a career that is appropriate for them and would enable them to play a role in the Namibian house.
He reminded the learners that the expo is important as it will guide them and build lasting network with other learners.
“As we explore our options towards the creation of sustainable employment opportunities, it is critical that we place emphasis on the real opportunities that we do have,” he said.
Unam Vice-chancellor Professor Kenneth Matengu said that Unam attracts thousands of applications for career training opportunities for the courses it offers at all twelve campuses countrywide. Learners have opportunities during this event to learn more about the programs of their choice.
Matengu also indicated that Unam releases over 2 000 graduates into the job market each year.
“Over the years, we have facilitated an arrangement that allows companies to carry out graduate recruitment drives during career fairs,” he said.
He added that this is achieved through a scheme that makes it possible for students to visit various companies with the objective of satisfying their academic and career needs.
Matengu then urged the learners and students to take full advantage of the forum to acquire relevant information, skills and attitudes and to apply the knowledge so gained to attune themselves to the world of training and work for their own benefit and that of the society at large.
Willem Amutenya of Unam’s student leadership development, said that their ultimate intention is to assist learners discover new opportunities for a successful future.
Amutenya emphasized that the fair is done to bring learners together and ensure that each discovers his or her path to the future.
“Prepare yourself for the future. Namibia is in your hands,” he said, adding that the learners should ensure that they study and study hard for a better future.
He urged the learners to choose careers that will meet the demands of the 4th industrial revolution.