The Francistown campus of Botho University last week hosted a career fair that was meant to give students an opportunity to interact and network with potential employers.
Several corporations were invited to the event, among them First National Bank (FNB), Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) and The Voice newspaper. The companies erected stalls at the Francistown Civic Centre and fielded questions from students.
When delivering the key note address at the career fair, Communications Manager at Tati Nickel Mining Company (TNMC), Tebogo Rapitsenyane said students must consider themselves lucky to be part of Botho University, as it is one of the largest private tertiary institutions in Botswana, which has been operating since 1997.
“It is one of the first private tertiary institutions to be accredited by the Human Resources Development Council (HRDC). I am impressed by the level of growth the university has been experiencing and its achievements so far.
These include numerous international awards and quality certifications such as the ISO 9001:2008. Also, Botho University was recently recognized by AAT. This is a clear indication that this university will produce high calibre graduates,” he said.
Botho University has campuses in Gaborone, Francistown and Maun. The university caters for both government and self sponsored students. It offers a variety of courses, among them Information Technology and Business Management.
Rapitsenyane said he has no doubt that the determination of the university to provide excellence in higher education will bear results by producing employable graduates who are needed by local industries.
He added that the theme of the day, “striving towards a successful partnership in creating career opportunities,” emphasizes the importance of fostering partnerships with prospective employers even before the students graduate.
“It is only through a platform like this that students can have an opportunity to interact with potential employers, know what the employers want, and market their skills. At times we do not get jobs when we finish our studies because there is no communication and information flow between the employer and the job seeker,” said Rapitsenyane.
He hailed the career fair as a practical solution that erases the information gap and offers a platform for enhancing partnerships.
Rapitsenyane further said partnerships between potential employers and students or graduates open a number of opportunities for internships, exchange programmes, job shadowing and volunteering.
“It is important for the youth to make impressions whilst they are still young. You must make use of available opportunities to stand out from the rest. Your potential can only be realized when you make full use of the opportunities presented to you. Through this collaboration we will be able to contribute meaningfully into the growing economy of this country,” he said.
He also appealed to the corporate world to give young graduates a chance for employment and a platform to acquire much needed experience and exposure as they are fresh from school.
“As young educated citizens of Botswana you have a role to play. It is easy to drift at your age and believe that someone somewhere will make things better. Trust me, that magician that we are looking for is amongst you,” he said.
In conclusion Rapitsenyane said his organization; TNMC continues to play an active role in the community through its Corporate Social Responsibility program which focuses on amongst others education.
“Its overall role is that of promoting a healthy, well educated and skilled community with enhanced employment and business opportunities,” he said.