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Students discuss their future careers with
employers at the exhibition.

Some of South Africa’s top employers interacted with students on career prospects at an exhibition hosted by the College of Law and Management Studies, Student Support Services on 8 August 2014 at the Westville campus. 

The annual event, which attracted more than 2 500 students and 56 exhibitors, was open for all students – including first years – to enable them to experience all aspects of recruitment available to them in making informed career choices.

The exhibition co-ordinated by Career Development Officer, Ms Rosheena Jeawon created a platform for students to engage with prospective employers about opportunities  for personal development, full-time job opportunities, vacation employment, training contracts, learnerships, international work-placement and bursary opportunities.  

Exhibitors included Nestle, Massmart, Procter & Gamble and Old Mutual. Representatives from the Colleges Human Resources Department also took the opportunity to inform the students about UKZN’s Graduate Development Programme which aims to position the University as an employer through recruiting students to work for the Institution. 

Brandhouse representative Mr Layekanani Mkhabela said his company enjoyed engaging with students as it helped them identify talent. 

‘We have been part of the exhibition for years and we look forward to informing the students about what we have to offer and sharing with them success stories about UKZN graduates who are thriving in our company.’ 

Third-year BCom students, Mr Wandi Zulu and Ms Makeziwe Zondi, were pleased about getting more information on graduate programmes and requirements for their chosen careers. 

‘As I am about to complete my degree it is helpful to know what is out there in terms of employment and where I need to start,’ said Zulu. 

‘Getting the opportunity to engage with employers one-on-one is better than going online because it is more interactive and all the questions you have are answered on the spot,’ said Zulu. 

Zondi added that hearing about the experiences of UKZN graduates and how they were succeeding in their chosen fields had inspired her to work even harder.