NWU Vaal student creates an app to help in making the right career choices
Remember the name Glen Ngwako Mankabidi. This third-year BSc IT student from the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) is serious about his future as a mobile applications (app) designer and already boasts with an app to assist Grade 12 learners in making informed career choices.
The app is called “Career Find” and according to Glen (23) it aims to simplify the challenge that most high school pupils face when it comes to making decisions pertaining to their post-school education. In short: the app exposes learners to the various career choices and fields of study offered at tertiary institutions in South Africa.
“The app contains information such as prospectuses and calendars of all universities of higher learning and advice on how to apply to these institutions. The app furthermore gives you an option to select a course of your choice, input your marks and (after calculating your APS score) notifies you if you qualify or not,” explains Glen.
For Glen, a student within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology, an exciting career in software development is on the cards after he completes his studies. The idea for “Career Find” took shape during Glen’s matric year when he, ironically enough, couldn’t decide on which degree course to follow. “This is the main reason I decided to develop this app – to ensure that my fellow brothers and sisters do not have to go through the same phase of uncertainty,” says Glen who hails from the small village of Mohlabaneng in the Limpopo Province.
*Glen was recently invited by the producers of one of South Africa’s most popular reality television shows, “Made in SA” to feature in one of their episodes. The show airs on SABC 3 every Sunday morning at 09:00. Details of his TV debut will be communicated.