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BU Francistown- 2017career fair

The Department of Students and Alumni Affairs in Francistown campus held its annual career fair for students and alumni on the 6th April 2017 under the theme “Striving towards a successful partnership in creating career opportunities” The highly attended event gave Botho University graduates an opportunity to interact and learn about career prospects in line with their field of study. Several business entities and government departments which include among others; the Department of Youth Sports & Culture, Gender Affairs, MVA, and FNB, BBS, Botswana Defence Force, were at the event by setting up stalls that were characterized by health talks, awareness messages and discussions. The Dean for the office of Student Services & Outreach- Mr Kgosi, The Managing Director of Jumcorp and Civils Contractors, Mr Justice Mojanaga and The retired Customary Court President, Mrs Mosojane were some of the distinguished guests that graced the event.

When delivering the keynote address, the guest of honor Mr Mojanaga indicated that he felt honored to been invited to the university’s important event citing that he is aware that Botho University is one of Botswana’s largest private tertiary institutions operating in the country since 1997.He expressed gratitude for the level of growth the university has been experiencing to this point, as well as the many international awards and certifications the university has achieved. Mr Mojanaga further mentioned that this year’s career fair runs under the theme ‘Enhancing graduate employability through industry connections’. Thus the theme addresses the importance of networking and fostering partnerships with the industry even before students graduate. He alluded that networking with potential employers opens a number of opportunities for graduates. The exchange of knowledge happens through such forums such as this one. This partnership can be done in several ways such as internships, attending exchange programs, job shadowing and volunteering. This means students need to make an impression whilst there is still time. So he urged them to take advantage of the event to establish professional networks with the would-be employers, ask for internships or volunteer opportunities.

The guest of honor was also elated by the number of exhibiting companies, and applauded them for the dedication and cooperation, adding that he believes the fair is also a marketing strategy for their various services not only to Botho Community but to the world at large. He concluded by applauding the university for the state of the art campus and lamented that he believes Francistown community will benefit from it in many ways including the corporate world.

In his welcome remarks, the Dean of OSSO, Mr Kgosi expressed his pleasure in welcoming all the exhibitors, students and Alumni to the career fair which is a very important annual event in Botho University calendar. He alluded to the fact that the event, has no doubt established itself as a premier event in equipping students with comprehensive and latest information on further studies, training and career openings under one roof. The Dean however cautioned students against malicious information spreading around that Botho University courses are not accredited. He made it clear to the audience that all programmes offered at Botho are either accredited or ongoing process; therefore there has never been a course that has been rejected by BQA. He encouraged students to remain calm and focused in their studies for them to realize their goals.

The Dean also informed the audience about the mandate of the Department of Student Affairs and Alumni. He mentioned that the department offers an array of Career Development Services such as the students’ mentorship program, counseling, job searches and placement, local and international internships, and development workshops, as a way of equipping students with necessary and relevant skills which will enable them to be competitive in the job market. He further indicated that all these services are offered in all Botho University centers, that is Gaborone, Francistown, Maun and Maseru. He said this shows the commitment the university has in educating the nation of Botswana and beyond.

Mrs Mosojane , an elder and retired Customary court President, also gave an inspiring motivational speech by urging Botho university students and alumni to be different, creative and think outside the box. He implored them to utilize the many opportunities availed by the government in starting up their own businesses. In his vote of thanks, the Francistown Center Manager - Mr Joseph Gwekwerere applauded all companies, media houses and government departments who were represented at the career fair for having contributed to the success of the event.

Special thanks go to the following organizations for their support:

Local Enterprise Authority (LEA), Broadcasting Services, Information Services, Department of Gender Affairs, Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture, Barclays Bank, Botswana Police Services, DHMT Francistown, MRI, BOFWA, Water Utilities, City of Francistown Town Council, Botswana Defence Force, First National bank, Department of Tourism, Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA), Bank ABC. Botswana Student Network, BTC, BOCRA, NBFIRA, Botswana Life, BOPA, The Voice

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