Unlocking Opportunities: Recap of Africa University’s Job Fair

Story by Juliet Sithole

Office of Advancement and Public Affairs Media Graduate Trainee

Job hunting can often feel like navigating through a maze, where every turn presents a new challenge or opportunity. Amidst this dynamic landscape, job fairs emerge as beacons of possibility, uniting eager job seekers and prospective employers under one roof.

Recently, Africa University’s Career Advising and Professional Development Office (CAPD), in collaboration with the Student Representative Council (SRC), orchestrated a bustling job fair on campus. This event was characterized by vibrant face-to-face interactions between students and representatives from various industry players.

In his opening remarks, Vice Chancellor Reverend Professor Peter Mageto highlighted the university’s holistic training approach, emphasizing its alignment with Christian values and commitment to nurturing well-rounded graduates.

Guest Speaker Dr. Gorden Simango, Director of the All Africa Conference of Churches under the African Union Office and Advocacy urged students to proactively pursue internships and job opportunities, stressing the importance of visibility, demonstrating interest, and reflecting on past experiences.

Representing the SRC, President Zade Patel expressed gratitude to Dr. Simango, emphasizing the transformative potential of today’s job market and encouraging students to embrace opportunities with open arms.

The event featured expert panel discussions moderated by industry leaders, from the World Health Organization,  Econet Wireless Private Limited, Public Service Commission, Council of Social Workers, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, Cimas, and UNICEF, who delved into skill gaps, networking strategies, and the role of technology in recruitment processes.

In essence, job fairs are not merely about job hunting; they are also about learning, networking, and personal growth. They offer a platform to discover new skills, explore diverse career paths, and gain insights into industry trends.

Many thanks to the students and the amazing companies who were part of this initiative!