BU GABORONE CAREER FAIR 2015

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BU Gaborone Career Fair 2015

Every year Botho University Gaborone campus hostsa career fair to allow both students and alumni to interact with potential employers and in August 20th 2015 it was hosted under the theme 'Striving towards a successful partnership in creating career opportunities'.

The fair was divided into two phases, with phase one consisting of the keynote address, a panel discussion, coaching on CV writing, and viewing of stalls from morning until afternoon, and Phase two being taken up by a guest lecture in the evening.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor overseeing Employability & Development Mrs. Priya Iyer started off the proceedings by welcoming the guests and introducing the dignitaries.

Member of Parliament Mr. Ndaba Gaolathe then took the stage as our keynote speaker of the day. He spoke about having a vision, which he describes as a crucial element of growth and development in life. He went on to address the issue of gaining knowledge, which he defined as building the skills in order to be relevant to the market as well as contribute to the nation. The last thing he spoke about was in regards to students building their character, which he described as a key component in attaining one's vision. In conclusion, he invited the students to work together and to approach life with a character of facing challenges head on and never giving up.

Then the panel discussion went underway. Four esteemed members of society discussed the topic: "To what extent is education and academia preparing Botswana's young people for Africa's opportunities and the skills that will be required to drive the economy in the various sectors of the industry?" The four we had were former commonwealth Deputy Secretary Mrs. Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, Lansmore Managing Director Mr. Rupert Elliott, Member of Parliament and Media Specialist Dr. Phenyo Butale, and Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) Research and Development Director Ms. Dynah Solani. The panel discussion was facilitated by Dean of Office of Student, Research and Outreach Dr. Bathsheba Mbongwe.

After the vote of thanks given by Mrs.Priya Iyer, the dignitaries went on a tour of the 26 stalls that graced the career fair. The stalls were then open to students and alumni to tour, during which time there was also a training session on CV writing being conducted in a separate lecture theatre. Viewing of stalls went on until late afternoon and then in the evening Phakalane Estates Managing Director Mr. Lesang Magang and his wife delivered a rousing speech on entrepreneurship and knowing oneself.