DUT HOSTS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL WOW CAREER FAIR
Written by: Elizabeth Kunene
The annual World of Work took place at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) from the 01st to the 2nd August at the Fred Crooks Sports Centre, Steve Biko campus.
This collaborative initiative between DUT and industry personnel was launched in 2007 by the Department of Co-operative Education with the purpose of opening a networking platform for students and prospective companies.
Former Durban University of Technology student, Lemanshni Govender, was there to offer fellow future engineers support and encouragement.
“If you enjoy a challenge and don’t mind being in a competitive yet challenging field, than engineering is for you. There is never a dull day in this industry. There is always something to do and that is challenging,” said Govender.
She got her break in 2010 through the WOW programme when she was offered an internship at NCP Alcoholics and as since worked her way up. Govender added that although engineering is a male-dominated industry, she found the opportunity and used it.
Companies such as the SABC, The South African Navy, Huletts, Hilton Hotel, South African Tourism, HULAMIN, Transnet, SAPS, Lancet Laboratories, Siemens and SACP to mention a few, exhibited at the fair.
DUT students flocked to the event in hopes of finding places to broaden their work integrated learning and to find possible full-time employment.
Some companies came with some of their interns to talk to current students about their journey in the working industry. Precious Montoeli is an intern for Clifsway Aerospace Engineering and she spoke about her experience as an intern.
She said that she is proud of herself for making it this far in her career as a young woman,. Montoeli also said that she is willing to work everyday until she achieves all her heart’s desires. “If you can believe it, then you can do it,” she added.
Representative of Clifsway Aerospace Engineering, Agmat Ally, encouraged young people to take their education seriously and know that as a country, we can only compete with the world if we know what are we doing and education is key.
*Caption: Students on their way to the WOW outside Fred Crooks Sport Centre.