First-ever career week at Duinesig

If a destination is unknown, the traveller must be guided along the way.

16 October 2021 | Education

Saara Mutondoka; Deputy Mayor, Walvis Bay; “I believe that the spectrum of companies present at this career fair will provide you with an insightful perspective on job scopes and opportunities in different fields.”

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Duinesig High School hosted its first-ever career week from 11 to 15 October.

Universities and colleges joined forces as exhibitors and shared their career options with the learners at the Walvis Bay-based school. The career week was divided into daily segments and featured information sharing on commerce, as well as language and vocational training talks with experts from various fields.

Acting Walvis Bay circuit inspector Joseph Martin delivered a speech on behalf of the Erongo education director Ernfriede Stephanus, who referred to the formal education circular number 03/2018 that emphasises how to effectively and successfully implement and manage the curriculum. “The same circular directed that each school must have a career guidance week and all schools offering grade 9 should organise a parent/learners guidance session to guide learners on subjects that are offered in grades 10-12. The career guidance should be held in collaboration with high education institutions.” It also highlighted three important aspects namely: strong curriculum leadership; management and support at national, circuit and school level; and strong parent and community support.

Principal SG Uri-Khob labelled the career week a guiding tool. “It must serve as an eye-opener and above all, broaden our learners’ horizons. The diversity represented speaks to the diverse abilities, skills and talents of the human race,” he said.
Uri-Khob emphasised that if at an early age learners have the right information about different career paths, focused learners and goal-driven learners will transform into determined students who will not change majors every year.

The deputy mayor of Walvis Bay, Saara Mutondoka, expressed her gratitude to the school for hosting and organising the career week. “It serves as a great platform for learners and teachers to do some research, since the companies at career fairs provide a huge amount of information and experience.” She urged learners to visit all exhibitors and find out what they have to offer.
Mutondoka also encouraged them to make use of the opportunity, as it might help them in the challenging task of deciding on their career path.

One of the exhibitors, Sylvia Shapumba from the Sam Nujoma campus of the University of Namibia (UNAM) in Henties Bay, mentioned the consequences learners can face if they do not get exposure to proper career guidance, saying learners might end up taking wrong courses which they are not passionate about.

A grade 9 learner of Duinesig, Hilde Shaduva, shared her joy about being part of the occasion. “This allows me to know what courses different universities and colleges offer, and will assist me when the day arrives to choose what I want to study.”