We only had 3 sessions with the couple but I've gained so much from the program; things that are of great importance, which I will share in later posts. Right now, I'd like to share a concern that was raised at one of the sessions.
During the sessions we've had, we had been divided in groups and each group had to partake in a set of activities. One activity stood out the most for me:
The activity was centered around finding our purpose in life. The couple informed us that part of finding our purpose in life is to discover the needs in our country and in the rest of the world. Pupils such as the late Mr Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela were used as examples of people whose purpose in life was driven by the need in their country; and in the case of the late former President, it was to free South Africa of the apartheid regime.
Of course there are already initiatives and programs such as ABASA (Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of South Africa) that provide such workshops, but only for certain occupations. ABASA caters for the accounting profession. There are also many schools that are not that privileged to be informed about various careers.
Not long after this idea about such a workshop came up; I had an idea of making a simple PowerPoint presentation on the different occupations and link them to the relevant courses - using the computer skills I had obtained.
I knew that the presentation would take me a long time to complete and that I will need help.
There are lawyers, accountants, doctors, carpenters, architects, engineers, nurses, etc. There are trainees, students who are studying, trained and being prepared for those occupations. I need YOUR help. For completion of the project, I would like the following information:
For YOUR profession/ occupation:
- If applicable, the high school subjects and results required for enrollment into university
- Name of the university course to enroll into
- Number of years the course takes
- Experiences and exposure students should engage in while at university
- What to do after obtaining degree
- Characteristics required
- Other requirements expected to be an excellent candidate for the profession/occupation
- Other professions / occupations that stem from the same degree
The presentation can be distributed to our high schools across the country and aboard if need be. It will be made available to the general public. Any presentations already made available can be provided, too.
All information can be sent to me via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject of your email must consist of the name of the occupation and "info."; for example: "Chartered Accountant info."
Please feel free to share any ideas that you feel may be useful.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration. I certainly hope this will be a success.
P.S: since I am in South Africa, I can only make a presentation on courses provided in South Africa to avoid any unnecessary confusion: the courses in the other universities around the world may differ from those of South African universities.
All individuals will be acknowledged for reference; and all information is subject to scrutiny for reasonableness and reliability.
Till next time :)