By: Andisile Klaas
Port Elizabeth – The year 2018 marks 10 years since the first General Careers Fair. The event, hosted by the Nelson Mandela University’s Graduate and Student Placement Department, is aimed at providing students and employers the opportunity to interact face-to-face.
The 2018 edition of the General Careers Fair was a two-day event that took place on the 25th – 26th of July 2018 at Heinz Betz Hall on the North Campus, with the theme ‘#SlayInYourLane’. Truworths, Spec Savers, Continental Tyres and Allan Gray were some of the many companies in attendance.
The General Careers Fair began in 2008 with 70 companies in attendance with the hopes of giving students, both current and past, the opportunity to interact with potential employers and allowing companies to display themselves as a brand and future employers of choice. The Careers Fair is also aimed at assisting students with jobs once they have graduated and encourages them to create and maintain updated portfolios as early as their 1st year.
A year after the inaugural fair, the organisers were requested by Accounting and Law firms to host an Accounting and Law day; which was followed by the Computing Sciences and IT Careers Fair a few years later. Both events are now hosted annually.
The event is put together by the Graduate and Student Placement department. They measure the success of each fair by surveying the experiences of the exhibitors and students to filter for areas of improvement. The most rewarding part is witnessing alumni’s coming back as exhibitors, making the experience more realistic for current students. As a gesture of gratitude, companies were awarded certificates for 5 & 10 year consistent participation.