Navigating the Future


Compass Career Exhibition 

A target that is out of sight is almost a definite miss. By chance, luck or coincidence, a desired future can be met, but who wants to leave destiny to luck? As humans, we were made with a longing in us to know our future, and be able to control it. Many in this life however discover late that the life paths they have followed have not been what they really enjoy. It is a pity to find yourself stuck in a career that you do not enjoy, only to stay because of job security, or the fear of the unknown.

With this in mind we organised and held the Compass Career Exhibition at Clarens Combined School on 04 September 2015. We targeted learners in Grade 7, Grade 8 and Grade 9. We gathered organisations to exhibit and speakers to challenge the 245 learners from three schools.

We want to take this time to thank the teachers who came with 13 learners from Dihlabeng Christian School, Mrs Mofokeng who came with 32 learners from Clarens Primary School and the Clarens Combined Stuff members for helping us mobilise 200 learners from Clarens Combined School. The cooperation shown was a true desire and zeal to put a block in the building of a better South Africa, from the grassroots.

We would like to thank also Pastor Tawanda Muviyi for speaking on Purpose Driven Living, and Mr Morena Mokoena for speaking on How to Overcome Obstacles. To the organisations that came to exhibit, there is no thank you enough! Special mention to SAPS, Golden Gate National Park, Pamgolding Properties, Itumeleng Clinic, Clarens Family Pharmacy, Cluny Animal Trust, Clarens Xtreme, Protea Hotel, and University of Freestate (Qwaqwa Campus). Your participation contributed to the opening of the eyes of the young to see possibilities in the future.

I also want to thank the Phaphama Youth Development management and the volunteers and sponsers who worked and contributed to make the day a success.

Yesterday’s success however must not be a reason for today’s celebration. Camping in the past is an enemy to today’s impactful endeavours. We look forward to draw strength from the past for challenges ahead. A lot still needs to be done in Clarens, let’s work together to develop our land.

Compass Career Exhibition in pictures, courtesy of Phaphama Youth Development.

Onward 2Written by Onward ‘Blessing’ Mvurume, Compass Career Exhibition Program Director.

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