The Midterm-break Career Fair was conducted on 20th September 2014 at Sabasaba Trade Fair Grounds, Dar es Salaam from 10am to 4pm. About 106 Students from various secondary schools in Dar es Salaam and Pwani region attended the fair. There were also speakers present who offered one on one session. The fair was divided into various sessions with short breaks and lunch being served. The various sessions were as follows:
A: OPENING SESSION
This was initiated by team building skills from the ProjeKt Inspire team that created an environment of interaction among the students and the presenters. This served as a key towards the discussions as the students felt connected to the presenters and thus they were able to engage freely and learn from them.
B: WORKSHOP I: How to succeed in academics
Academics being a vital organ towards succeeding in career choice, students were told about the importance of being goal oriented as they attend schools. Students were told about the importance of identifying their potential and weaknesses and working hard towards getting the best from the education being offered. Students were told about the importance of time management skills including an ability to plan and manage their academics versus extra curricula activities.
C: WORKSHOP II: Personal Development and Leadership Skills
Students were given an opportunity to learn about the importance of practicing leadership skills at an early age. Through this workshop, they were exposed to the traits and qualities of good leadership. In addition to that, they were given strategies towards determining their lifetime goals and how to personally develop towards becoming successful. Students were also advised on the ways to communicate with parents and their counselors about their ambitions and career paths that they are interested in.
D:WORKSHOP III: Employability Skills and Internship Search
Students were encouraged to be proactive at a tender age and get involved in internship and apprenticeship programs. They learnt that one of the keys to success is determining what one really enjoys doing, and this can be easily determined by engaging in apprenticeship programs. They were also given an opportunity to learn about some of the qualities that employers consider such as ability to be a problem solver and a good communicator. Students were told about the importance of internship such as gaining presentation, team work, interpersonal and communication skills.
E: WORKSHOP IV: Entrepreneurship skills
Students learnt about the importance of setting their goals at an earlier age. They were told about the importance of knowledge and decision making in owning and managing any business. Students were told the importance of brainstorming ideas at an early age. They were also exposed to the current employment trends and that many youth around the globe are focusing on being job creators rather than waiting for employment. Students were given tips of being a successful entrepreneur that include networking, discipline and ability to be a critical analyzer.
1. Health Sciences
3. Geology, Mining and Earth Sciences
4. Engineering, Information, Communication and Technology
5. Law, Politics and Diplomacy
6. Economics, Business, Finance and Accounts
7. Leadership and Extra Curricula Involvement
8. Fine arts, music and fashion
9. Youth Civil Society Organizations
10. Study Abroad Opportunities