This year the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Career Centre hosted two very successful virtual career fairs.
During the virtual events hosted on 5 August and 21 October, more than 2 000 students engaged with various employers regarding their careers.
PWC, Ernst and Young, Total Petroleum, Bowmans law firm, Vodacom, and 40 other companies shared their internships and part-time work opportunities, as well as their graduate and vacation work programmes.
According to Hloni Putsoane, employer engagement consultant at the Career Centre, the centre aims to do everything possible to expose students to potential employers, especially with South Africa’s alarming unemployment figure of 30,1%.
“We understand that this year has been academically challenging for a number of students while the world is battling a pandemic, but the show must go on,” he adds.
Due to the current Covid-19 lockdown regulations, virtual career fairs have become the new normal, and the Career Centre is now planning the first career fair for 2021 which will be hosted in March.
“Our aim for next year is to get even more students to attend and to benefit from the great opportunities participating organisations will offer” says Hloni.