Career Expo at Oude Molen


The Principal of Oude Molen Academy of Science and Technology, Tony Marshall, wrote the following piece about the inspiration for a Career Expo at the High School and his experiences on the day:

“Ever since Valda Clarke’s decision to have a down-to-earth Careers Expo at Steenberg High School last year, I have been jealous.  This jealousy is not of the cardinal sin variety.  Rather it was an inspiration to ask Valda and Veronica and latterly Kariba to help Oude Molen and Environs to offer the same in the Northern reaches of our Team.  They agreed.

We set about roping people in to do a presentation and be available to talk to all in attendance– chiefly Grade 9 and Grade 11 learners and their parents. The idea was to do an expo at Heathfield High School on 7 September 2013 and one at Oude Molen Academy of Science and Technology on 14 September 2013.

We made an appeal to people we know or could cold call in 5 different career categories:  Vocational; Technical; Artistic; Commercial & Retail; Scientific; Civil Society.

I approached the Principals of the following high schools:  Pinelands, Vista Nova, Buren, Salt River, Maitland, Kensington and Windermere.

The expo was opened by the ward councilor, Alderman Brian Watkyns, who was quite enthusiastic about the expo idea and spent some time answering questions about a career in local politics.

However, the turnout was not as great as we expected it to be.  This was applicable to both the presenters and the learners.  Amongst other things, we were perhaps too optimistic given that the vast majority of learners at these schools are commuters. They would have had to make a special effort to commute to Oude Molen on a dreary, cold and wet winter’s day when the All Blacks were playing the Springboks!

Despite this, there were some very successful presentations. Chief among these were the Electronics and IT presentation by Stephan Roux, the presentation by eCAPS regarding careers in the Telecommunications Centre Sector, and Pick n Pay’s Retail Sector.  We owe them a debt of gratitude for their civic mindedness!

Thanks must go to the Oude Molen Academy of Science and Technology’s Student Governing Body for supplying the venue, refreshments and the printing of invitations.  A special thanks also to Valda, Veronica and Kariba for their tireless support!”

Tony Marshall


30 November -1, 00:00