Africa University through its Careers Advising and Professional Development Unit (CAPD) hosted its second annual Careers Expo at its main campus in Mutare, drawing together industry experts to give in- depth talks on their respective sectors, career trends and pathways to success. The three-day event featured high level dignitaries including Dr Fadzai Mukonoweshuro, Senior Operations Officer for the World Bank, Dr. Trevor Kanyowa , National Programs Officer for Family and Reproductive Health at the World Health Organization and Dr. John Mangudaya, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor.
The careers expo follows the vision of the Africa University Vice Chancellor Reverend Professor Peter Mageto, of a student- centred university that enhances student experiences, provides opportunities and leverages partnerships with industry leaders to propel learners to the next level be it as entrepreneurs, innovators , policy leaders or builders of communities through the NGO sector.
In addition to public lectures from the three featured speakers, various organizations set up exhibitions that were geared around innovation and careers advising allowing for unique one on one interactions with companies and businesses providing invaluable platforms for networking and collaboration.
The importance of careers advising for learners cannot be overstated as a tool for the development and focusing of students toward achieving their life’s goals. The practise assists students with identifying early on in their academic journey the options available to them in as far as work prospects , further study and personal development are concerned , and links them with professionals so as to get first-hand insight into the skills they need to sharpen to stand out from the crowd and most importantly , how to identify gaps in their chosen fields where innovation can thrive.
Africa University’s 11, 000 strong alumni who lead and serve in various sectors across the continent consistently out perform graduates from other universities with their dedication, passion and drive, making them a favorite among recruiters. This is due in no small part to the intentional investment in events such as career expos which are an integral part in the student development process at the university and is one that the pan- African private institution is pioneering and leading the way among higher education institutions .