On 12 May 2017, day 5 of the High School Practicum Program, paid a visit to the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) to learn about life after high school and the benefits of Work Integrated Learning (WIL).
Upon arrival the learners were welcomed by Ms. Carol Millward (Cooperative Education Unit) and her team. Ms. Millward introduced Mr. Michael Kisting, the career guidance counselor of NUST, who delivered an informative yet entertaining presentation on life after high school. The presentation focused on work ethics, discovering ourselves and the dos and don’ts when choosing a career. He highlighted questions like: What jobs are in demand? Is the salary good? Are the hours short? Will it make me happy? Am I passionate about it? Is it really what I want to do? Just to name a few.
Mr. Kisting also presented a chart on the vast personality types that exist, we had to select a particular personality, which resonate well with each of us. This was complemented with a handout on several job types that fits each personality. For example conventional types which suits individuals that are more detail orientated and the social personality type which suits individuals that are more understanding.
After the inspiring and thought provoking presentation, Ms. Millward provided food for thought on Work Integrated Learning (WIL), which focused on 3 main targets: the students, employer and Universities. The presentation was followed by a practical activity where the team was divided into 3 groups according to their grades. The practical challenged the students to up their skills on their future goals. The learners all shared common goals “to obtain excellent grades/results”.
One of the female participants, Rachel, showed emphasis on surrounding yourself with the right people because this has a great impact on the decisions you make. “Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are”, a famous quote that relates to what Rachel said.
The excursion to NUST was concluded with a short video that reflects on the importance and benefits of team work. Not all teams are made up of friends. Nor, for that matter, do they need to be, in order for them to be effective.
The participants learned that teamwork does however, have the potential to foster a fulfilling, meaningful way of working together. It’s not necessarily an easy option, nor a panacea for all organisational ills. However, working with a group of people, on a worthwhile activity, with a common goal, can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable aspects of work.
The team was also taught on making choices and decisions, this includes our involvement in development activities, school curriculum and educational obligations. This engagement with NUST also provided a glimpse on the importance of professional etiquette and following or seeking a goal orientated mentor.
The help me help you: Etiquette and mentors addressed the following issues: to conduct oneself professionally even if you’re not yet employed; if you’re meeting someone in person, dress appropriately; always call or show up on time and running late is not an option.
The educational outreach with NUST deemed to be very useful and critical information was been shared with the learners. The High School Practicum team acknowledged and thank ed the NUST team for an outstanding presentation – not just for the content, but for the delivery as well.