BU Francistown Campus Hosts Successful 2016 Career Fair
The Department of Student Affairs and Alumni in Francistown campus held its career fair for students and alumni on the 7th of April, 2016, under the theme ‘Enhancing graduate employability through industry connections’.
The well-attended event gave Botho University graduates an opportunity to interact and learn about career prospects in line with their field of study. Several business entities and government departments such as the Ministry of Youth Sports & Culture, Gender Affairs, Motor Vehicle Accident Fund, First National Bank Botswana, and Botswana Defence Force set up stalls at the event that were characterised by health talks, awareness messages and discussions.
Some of the distinguished guests that graced the event included Dean for the office of Student, Research & Outreach, Dr. Bathsheba Mbongwe; Executive Chairman of Tati Group of companies, Mr. Abel Khupe; and Alumni motivator, Mr. Manuel Ricardo.
During his keynote address, the guest of honour Mr. Khupe appealed to companies and government departments to give students and graduates opportunities to acquire exposure and experience through internships, voluntary work and job shadowing in their respective companies. Khupe also shared the story of his own humble beginnings to reach the high level he occupies today in hopes of inspiring the students in attendance. He also expressed elation at the number of exhibiting companies, applauding them for their dedication and cooperation, adding that he believes the fair is also a good marketing opportunity for them not only to reach the Botho Community but the world at large.
Dr. Mbongwe shared the mandate of the Department of Student Affairs and Alumni with the audience. She explained that the department offers an array of career development services such as the students’ mentorship program, counselling, job searches and placement, local and international internships, and development workshops, as a way of equipping students with necessary and relevant skills which will enable them to be competitive in the job market. Mbongwe highlighted that these services are offered in all Botho University centres, Gaborone, Francistown, Maun and Maseru, adding that this shows the commitment the university has in educating the nation of Botswana and beyond.
Mr. Ricardo Manuel also gave an inspiring motivational speech in which he urged Botho university students and alumni to be different, creative and think outside the box. He implored them to utilise the many opportunities availed by the government in starting up their own businesses.
In giving a vote of thanks, the Francistown Centre Manager, Mr. Joseph Gwekwerere, applauded all companies, media houses and government departments that were represented at the career fair for having contributed to the success of the event.