Career week at NWU Vaal: Employers are looking for you!

Annette Willemse -- Wed, 05/25/2016 - 08:28

Career week at NWU Vaal: Employers are looking for you!

More than 3 000 students of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) benefitted from the recent Career Week which took place from 17-19 May 2016.

This rendition of the Career Week – as organised by the Campus’s Career Centre, focused on introducing students within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology to potential future employers. According to Elette van den Berg, head of the Campus’s Career Centre, the value of an event such as the Career Week should not be ignored. She explains that the world of work is constantly changing and as such young professionals are continually confronted by new challenges, many of which were hardly imagined only a few years ago. As a result, the nature of many current careers keep changing, while many new career possibilities will continue to develop.

During the course of the week approximately 30 job interviews were conducted by companies and Teach SA appointed a successful student as Brand Ambassador for the Campus.

A full programme

On 17 May Discovery presented an information workshop for all senior Information Technology students. During the workshop the students not only had the opportunity to familiarise themselves with Discovery’s employee network, but also launched their Gradhack Competition on Campus.  This competition provides students with valuable exposure and information on how to be employed by Discovery.  First National Bank also featured on the day with the applicants to the FNB graduate programme undergoing psychometric testing and several students being invited for actual job interviews.

The Honours Wing of the Learning and Research Commons played host to the General Career Fair for Economic Sciences students on 18 May and the ever-popular Bean Counting Day for Accounting students on 19 May. Both these events saw employers from across South Africa in attendance. The General Career Fair featured 15 national companies: Ernst & Young, FNB, Standard Bank, SABC, SARS, Senwes, Teach SA, NWU Business School, SAICA, NWU Law Faculty, BSi Steel, Careers SA, PWC SA, ABI Bottling, Department of Trade and Industry.

Bean Counting Day

The annual Bean Counting Day saw 14 national companies in attendance: PWC SA, ACCA, National Treasury, BDO, Ngubane & Co., Nkonki Inc., Mazars, RSM, SARS, Auditor General, Guarantee Trust, Sage NB Training, LPH Chartered Accountants Cape Town.

The Director of the School of Accounting Sciences, Prof Heleen Janse van Vuuren, officially opened the annual event.