Professionals get kids excited about careers

Front: Hynd Simelang from Sneakers Edition, Thandeka Mahlake, (back) Success Mlambo, Salo Maseko, Sphemandla Kunene, Mandisa Phelembe, Andile Cele, Candy Tsabetse, Nombulelo Mdluli and Julea Makwakwa.

The career expo, organised for the second year by White River Rotarian Judy Pott, aimed to get pupils in the rural area excited about life after school and studying hard to qualify in their chosen careers. The school is home to a Rotary Interact Club and members helped direct guests and made preparations for the exciting day.

Professionals from various different fields such as emergency services, hospitality, retail and media were invited to attend the day. Pupils were divided into groups and took turns visiting the various tables for the presentations and question and answer sessions with the representatives of businesses or government institutions. The guests agreed that the kids were extremely well-behaved and very interested and enthusiastic about learning more.

The Casterbridge Music Development Academy had one of the most popular tables, with kids hanging around for a chance to strum a guitar or play on the keyboard, while the food demonstration of the two Premier Hotel The Winkler chefs was also a big hit.

The fire department had pupils shouting in glee with their demonstration and running from the spray created by their high-pressure hose.

Headmaster Sonnyboy Thwala concluded the day by thanking the guests and the Rotary Club of White River for their involvement, sharing the successes of past learners with them. He was particularly proud of a young man who is about to graduate as a chartered accountant, saying that the school and their supporters helped the struggling young man to get started.

Pott also complimented the school’s staff on their conduct and help throughout the day. She told the guests that their efforts to help educate the kids would not go unnoticed.

She is involved in helping the school’s pupils with their documents for tertiary education. She says after last year’s career day the pupils were inspired to follow a variety of careers and work hard towards their dreams. “You may not think that you have influenced them, but you’d be surprised,” she said with a smile.

Retha Nel

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