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2018: A YEAR IN REVIEW | STUDENTS
The August 2018 Epic Job Expo
was the largest of its kind held at UCT,
combining five expos into one, hosting
100 exhibitors and giving students an
opportunity to meet multiple possible
future employers on a single day.
Besides being an opportunity to
engage with students, the exhibitors
could also contribute to a job
wall, advertising particular career
opportunities ranging from vacation
work and internships to graduate jobs
and international placements.
The technology, retail, banking,
travel and healthcare sectors were
arranged in five zones, making it easier
for students to navigate according to
their particular interests. Participants
included big name corporates as well
as smaller firms and start-ups.
“Students find it’s a good
platform for them to find not just
job opportunities but internships …
bursary opportunities and vacation
programmes,” said Careers Service
acting director Nawal Boolay.
“Employers want to come back
because UCT graduates are well
received. We’ve had positive feedback
from employers year-on-year.”
The Careers Service also provides
an online portal linking students to
employer opportunities and events, and
offers a career-related online resource
24/7 via its website.
“Perhaps the measure of what has
happened to Careers Service is that it
has been ranked, for many years now,
as the best service in South Africa,”
commented former Vice-Chancellor Dr
Max Price at the 50-year celebrations.
each other and the students we serve.”
The Careers Service has always been
known for its innovation, even in the
1970s when it developed from being
a matchmaker between graduates
and employers to an advisory service.
It began guiding companies in their
recruitment practices and provided
students with survey-based insights
on starting salaries, first occupations
and subject choice. It ran its first
three-day careers conference in 1984.
The service has celebrated many
milestones. Most recently, it launched
the reimagined Careers Festival –
which incorporated expos, career
talks and the inaugural Student
Entrepreneurship Week – that was
attended by 15 000 students over
a 10-week period.
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