Co-operative Education brings employers to campus

Mondli Ngesi in the studio

The Department of Co-operative Education has kicked-off its programme of bringing employers to students through the MUT Radio. The first representative employer was Mondli Ngesi, an MUT Alumnus and HR Officer at Wentworth Hospital who was part of the weekly Careers Talk on MUT Radio on Wednesday between 11h30 and 12h00.

Ngesi shared insights on skills that students and graduates lacked for entry into the world or work. Some of these included their writing skills, presentation skills, and innovation skills. These are key focus areas in the workplace.

The Careers Talk is part of the Co-operative Education’s efforts to make information available to students despite the limitations imposed by the COVID-19 restrictions.

“COVID-19 has had a negative impact on many aspects of life. These include the inability to hold annual Careers Fairs in person, where we would invite employers to campus to show-case their job opportunities and various offerings. We are delighted that we still have an opportunity to still bring employers to MUT Radio to engage with students,” said Dr Fundiswa Nofemela, Director at Cooperative Education Department.

Sibongile Bulose, Job Placement Officer in the department, said that the department will bring an external partner to talk about work integrated learning (WIL) matters on MUT Radio every week. The topics will range from preparing yourself for the world of work to building your own brand. She added that they would also be hosting alumni who are in employment or have their own businesses to share insights with students.

“We would like to encourage students to tune in and engage with their future employers,” said Dr Nofemela.