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Career Expo Empowers Ekurhuleni Matric Students

Carnival City (CCTY) once again hosted a career expo in partnership with the Gauteng Gambling Board (GGB), marking the third consecutive year of this impactful event.

Aimed at exposing matric students from Ekurhuleni to a variety of careers and post-school opportunities, the expo featured a dynamic agenda designed to inspire and inform the youth.

“Carnival City was glad to provide a venue once again and facilitate this important day, spoke about the various opportunities available within the industry and encouraged the students to explore diverse career paths” said Bryan O’Connor, Carnival City’s General Manager.

Representatives from International Hotels Schools (IHS) provided insights into careers within the international hospitality and gaming industries, encouraging students to explore these vibrant sectors.

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) presented valuable information on resources and support available to the youth, including funding, training, and mentorship programs aimed at fostering entrepreneurship and career development.

The South African Responsible Gambling Foundation (SARGF) emphasized the importance of responsible gambling and making informed, ethical choices in the gaming industry.

Karabo Mbele, Gauteng Gaming Board’s CEO provided advice to the learners, “You are the leaders of tomorrow, and your credentials are what sets you apart – so constantly work on yourself and building these creds.”

Mbele highlighted the importance of education and the diverse career pathways available to the students, aiming to motivate them to pursue their ambitions with determination and resilience.

Guest speaker Ms. Lerato Masite, who holds a degree in BA Law and LLB from North-West University, also addressed the students. She shared her journey and experiences, inspiring the young generation that it is possible to achieve their goals one step at a time.

The exhibition room, featuring the Sci Com Foundation among other exhibitors, was a hub of activity. Students had the opportunity to interact with professionals, gather information, and explore various career options firsthand.

Principal of Brakpan High School, who is also the coordinator of this event for more than three years now, emphasized the event’s impact on the local community. Their ongoing commitment aims to ensure that students from all local high schools surrounding the Ekurhuleni area benefit from the opportunities presented.

The event concluded with closing remarks, summarizing the day’s key points and expressing gratitude to all participants. This was followed by a lunch, allowing students, speakers, and exhibitors to network and discuss potential career paths in a more informal setting.

The career expo at Carnival City continues to be a cornerstone event for Ekurhuleni’s matric students, providing them with essential knowledge and resources to navigate their futures effectively.

It not only exposes them to a wide array of career possibilities but also equips them with valuable insights into industries such as hospitality, gaming, and entrepreneurship.

Over 18 exhibitors included several universities, the South African Police Service, tourism and hospitality industry representatives and the National Youth Development Agency, came to provide learners with much needed help to prepare for their next phase in life.

Moreover, the expo’s format, which includes informative sessions, exhibitions, and networking opportunities, fosters an environment where students can explore, learn, and envision their futures in a supportive setting. The closing remarks and networking lunch further enhance the event’s impact by allowing for informal discussions and connections among students and professionals alike.

Overall, the career expo at Carnival City serves as a pivotal annual event for Ekurhuleni’s matric students, empowering them with knowledge, inspiration, and practical guidance as they embark on their journey beyond school.


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