Last week Friday learners from all over Bloemfontein came out in numbers to the Career Expo hosted at the Mangaung Indoor Sports Centre, by the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (Sanral) in Mangaung, Free State.
The expo was open to learners from grade 10 to 12 who are not sure about which career paths to follow once they have completed matric.
According to statement released by Sanral, the career expo seeks to expose schools to SANRAL’s different career opportunities, internships, and scholarship and bursary programmes. In addition to Sanral, several other exhibitors came to showcase the opportunities that are available for learners within their respective organisations.
Sanral Eastern Region regional manager, Dumisani Nkabinde, said that Sanral needs specialists in fields ranging from engineering to the environment and, more recently, in electronics as it increases the use of technology to detect and respond to incidents, and to keep road users aware of conditions on the national network.
Bloemfontein Courant spoke to some of the learners present at the expo and a grade 12 learner from Kgololosego Secondary School, Pule Mathibela, said that she was looking forward to gaining knowledge about the different careers and what she would like to become once she has completed. “I’m looking into doing something in hospitality next year, so I hope Sanral has opportunities in that field.”
Another learner, Mohau Mbobe, told Bloemfontein Courant that he hopes to leave this expo more inspired than ever to start his tertiary education.
Many learners also agreed that they are not sure which fields to go into next year or years to come, so they feel that the career expo could not have come at a better time for them. – Sazly Hartzenberg