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Empowering learners to make informed career decisions

The Unisa Midlands Region recently participated in a career exhibition in the Lejweleputswa (Welkom) and Bojanala (Rustenburg) districts. The exhibitions are held annually to expose Grade 12 learners to how individual institutions of higher learning operate. They also expose learners to various careers in the job market and study programmes offered in institutions. Senior Education Specialist Kholeka Maposa from the Department of Education (DoE), Lejweleputswa district, appreciated the dedication and passion of representatives from various institutions and organisations for sharing valuable information with learners. Maposa further encouraged learners to utilise the information shared with them and visit the university websites to acquaint themselves with how individual institutions operate. Career exhibitions are essential for learners, especially those who are less privileged and cannot access information from institutions of higher learning.

Grade 12 learners at the Lejweleputswa career exhibition

Information shared with learners during the exhibition included Unisa as an Open Distance and e-Learning (OdeL) institution, various qualifications offered, the application process, college-specific and statutory requirements, and student support services available. Most learners were unaware of how Unisa operates as an ODeL institution, and the few that had heard about it had limited information, which they did not understand well. Learners were urged to visit their nearest Unisa Regional Service Centres for assistance and to continuously visit the website for more details.

Educators and learners from Mamello Secondary school in the Lejweleputswa district

Accessing information and being informed has enabled many learners to make informed decisions and make Unisa a university of choice. The exhibition also served as a platform to engage and encourage the educators who accompanied the learners and representatives from other organisations to further their studies and enrol for postgraduate qualifications available at Unisa.

Tebogo Rasebitse, Student Admin Advisor, sharing information with learners during the Bojanala career exhibition

As part of creating awareness, learners and educators were informed of Unisa’s  150th anniversary and the institution’s vision of reclaiming Africa’s intellectual futures.

* By Thotogelo Masenya, Communication and Marketing Officer, Midlands Region

Publish date: 2023/03/17