Mitchell’s Plain high school pupils were able to gather information about careers at an expo hosted by the Mitchell’s Plain Advice Office on Tuesday May 9 and Wednesday May 10 at Thusong Centre, in Tafelsig.
Pupils from Summerdale High School, Aloe High School, Woodlands High School, and Darul Arqum Islamic High School, attended the two-day expo, which was made possible by funding from the Safety and Security, Sector Education and Training Authority (SASSETA) and support from the Government Communication and Information Services (GCIS).
Community members from Mitchell’s Plain as well as Kraaifontein, Bonteheuwel, Manenberg, Kensington and Athlone also attended the event.
False Bay College, Northlink College, College of Cape Town and Western Cape Community Education and Training College shared presentations with them as well as governmental departments.
The Mitchells Plain Youth Media Movement (MPYMM) showcased drone technology and 3D printing.
Marshall Nelson, head of MPYMM, encouraged pupils to not to allow their circumstance to determine their future. He shared his personal journey and how making the wrong decisions got him into trouble with the law. His choice to change direction is what resulted in people helping him to make a success of his life, he said.
Thando Mdonswa, CEO of SASSETA, said there is a need for career exhibitions and for pupils to make correct career decisions. “Their informed career decisions can help their family out of poverty.”
Jerimia Thuynsma, coordinator of the expo from the Mitchells Plain Advice Office, said pupils should not give up on their dreams. “Career choice is not easy, nor is high school. Their attitude will ensure that they come closer to the career of their dreams.”
Mitchells Plain Advice Office will continue to help pupils and unemployed youth with career choices. For more information contact the Mitchells Plain Advice Office on 021 392 2000 or 08372 50500.