Durban University of Technology (DUT) mentors from various faculties recently visited the Wiggins Secondary School to host a Career Guidance Workshop, and to prepare pupils to apply for various academic courses at University level.
The pilot workshop was aimed in preparing the Grades 9 to 10 pupils in deciding their career paths and making sound choices in preparation for life after matric.
Pearl Mdluli, DUT Social Entrepreneurship mentor said: “We have noted that it’s quite a problem that pupils don’t really know what to do, and how to choose a career path. We are here to assist them to choose what is best for them and in the best conceivable way,” she said.
The mentors prepared fun activities to help the pupils to understand the meaning of ‘knowing themselves’. They also tackled how to apply for courses, University options, how to formulate a CV as well as to advised them on how to become entrepreneurs.
Thubelihle Shozi, a grade nine pupil, said the mentors helped him a lot because he now understood that he needed to think very intensively about the career path he wanted to pursue. “There are also things that we need to know before choosing our careers. Life is never easy, so we have to make sure that we are aware of life after matric. We have to start now to pave the way for our career because the outside world can be hard,” he said.
Raymond Padya, another DUT mentor, highlighted that the mentors were happy that they had managed to talk with pupils on various aspects on life after matric. “We have seen that most of the students have no idea about financial opportunities like applying for NSFAS. Sometimes you find pupils don’t really know which universities they would like to go to. We took this time to actually let them know the kind of universities like to apply to that will be beneficial to them,” he said.
Pictured: Mentors at Wiggins Secondary School.