Choosing the right career
20th March 2017
Ahead of the pack
20th March 2017

Choosing a career path

Career Indaba puts school leavers on the best career path

The premier career guidance and further education exhibition continues to grow from strength to strength, judging by the multitudes of visitors it draws to its stalls.

Held at the majestic and prestigious Sandton Convention Centre, Career Indaba has become an oasis of valuable information that parents and teachers can use to advise learners on what careers to pursue after they complete their schooling. Experts reckon that choosing a career is one of the most difficult and yet critical decisions that learners have to make. Failure to plan one’s career properly can be costly and difficult to reverse.

Parenting network

The Indaba hosts over 20 interactive self-development workshops sessions and two days of networking opportunities with about 80 top corporate companies, including further education institutions. Parents and learners are provided with a unique opportunity to interact and obtain valuable tips and first-hand advice from experts. The third edition of the “Parenting Network” component continues to attract more parents, and the organisers have made a special effort to accommodate them by ensuring the event starts on Sunday.

Sponsored by Open Window and Inscape Education Group (OWI), the network session is especially dedicated to parents to provide them with ample opportunity to speak to top human resource officials and tertiary institutions’ career advice experts. Parents can then engage in meaningful discussions with their children about what possible career and study paths they can follow.

Strategic move

Said event director Tanya Jackman: “We have strategically moved the dates of Career Indaba so that one day falls on the weekend. Parents who have full-time jobs and school, college and university students who have weekday study commitments can now attend and walk the exhibition at their leisure, as well as take full advantage of a jam-packed workshop programme that is full of real advice from real people.”

Perfect chance

Helen McIntee of OWI said they have decided to team up with Career Indaba because it provides a perfect platform and an opportunity to reach out to thousands of young South African school leavers who need advice on how to choose their careers. “These are youngsters who are eager to examine all the exciting options open to them within the areas of further education and employment.  OWI will be showcasing their sought-after qualifications  (96% graduate job placement) in the areas of film arts, interactive arts and design studies along with communicating stimulating and exciting OWI student life, campus activities and events,” said McIntee.

 Positive feedback

For exhibitors, the event is a perfect opportunity to create brand awareness and expose their services to large numbers of visitors, particularly learners. Jackman said the positive feedback she gets from both the learners and employer organisations is a clear indication that the event is fulfilling its objective of empowering learners with information to make the right choices about their career paths.

“Having experienced first-hand this type of evolutionary engagement between the learner and the organisation and then hearing the positive feedback from both parties, I am more confident than ever that Career Indaba serves a greater purpose that is undeniably important. Career Indaba is all about educating and empowering students to choose the career path that is right for them, thus boosting the viability of the South African economy for the future,” said Jackman.

As a top-end career guidance and further education exhibition event, Career Indaba has, since its inception:

  • Attracted well over 19 000 attendees;
  • Provided an abundant talent pool for universities and top employers;
  • Empowered parents and learners to make informed decisions about the future; and
  • Served as an ideal platform for exhibitors to create brand awareness and exposure to wider consumers.

Sponsors associated with the event include:

  • Platinum Sponsor: Open Window;
  • Gold Sponsor: FA News;
  • Silver Sponsor: International Hotel School; and
  • Bronze Sponsors: South African Jockey Academy and South African National Blood Service.


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