About GWF’s Career Guidance Programme

Growing up in rural areas where access to information is challenging, is starting to change for many children in Mpumalanga province. Mercyful Mathebula, Bridging Year & Career Guidance Coordinator at Good Work Foundation (GWF), has set her mind to make a BIG difference.

“I went to university and studied for a Media and Communications qualification that I cannot relate to today. This brought about an epiphany to me: there is a huge need to stop other young people from going the same route due to the lack of information and assistance.”

Mercyful started this programme at a local high school where she herself matriculated. She helped young students from grade nine through 12 with career guidance. The grade nine learners were helped with choosing relevant subjects for the careers they wanted to persue after their final year of high school. Grade 12 students were assisted with the application process to various higher institutions as well as bursaries.

As part of GWF’s Bridging Year, adult students are also taught how to create a quality curriculum vitae (CV) and cover letter, and they are taken through an interview process so they know what to expect when they enter the workplace.

Mercyful explains and simulates the online application process so that students are able to surf the internet and receive job notifications.

“70% of these young South Africans to whom we look upon as our future leaders, still do not know what they want to study in higher institutions during their final year of high school,” says Mercyful.

The Mpumalanga Department of Education has supported this programme, so much so that they hosted grade nine students together with GWF at the Hazyview Digital Learning Campus earlier this year, for a career expo.

GWF’s model of education challenges what people learn, how they learn and who has access to that learning. The career guidance programme breaks all boundaries and reaches out to the most rural parts of Mpumalanga, allowing all who dare, the access to all the information they are entitled to.

"GWF’s model of education challenges what people learn, how they learn and who has access to that learning."

“GWF’s model of education challenges what people learn, how they learn and who has access to that learning.”

We look up to these children as our future leaders, therefore, it is imperative that they are given everything that they will need to be successful.

We look up to these children as our future leaders, therefore, it is imperative that they are given everything that they will need to be successful.

By the end of their metric year, these students will have had all access to information that will help them discover the types of careers they would love to pursue.

By the end of their metric year, these students will have had all access to information that will help them discover the types of careers they would love to persue.

 

Written by Accolade Ubisi.

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