August 24, 2015
BITRI participated in the annual Botho University Career Fair held at Botho Education Park on August 20, 2015. The Fair, themed “Striving Towards a Successful Partnership in Creating Career Opportunities” was organised by the Botho University Office of Students Outreach and Recruitment to create an opportunity for students to interact with various industry stakeholders.
BITRI was amongst organisations from the public and private sector managing stalls to sensitise students and graduates of the career opportunities and paths available in their respective organisations. BITRI’s main messages during the Fair were to promote awareness of the ICT Associate program since Botho University has a focus in ICT and also to sensitise the audience on the requisite skills for both core and support functions in the organisation.
During her speech at the career fair, Pro Vice Chancellor-Development & Employability, Ms Priya Iyer, said Botho University has set itself a target to develop graduates who fit in the world of work locally and abroad. Ms Iyer encouraged students to be bold and not limited to seeking opportunities in the country. “The world of work is not within the boundary of Botswana. With the new communication technologies we can take advantage of job opportunities globally,” she said.
The Fair also featured a Panel Discussion themed “To what extent is education and academia preparing Botswana’s young people for Africa’s opportunities and the skills that will be required to drive the economy in the various sectors of industry? “The panellists included amongst them Former Commonwealth Deputy Secretary General, Ms Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, Managing Director Lansmore Masa Square, Mr Rupert Elliot and Member of Parliament for Bonnington South Honourable Ndaba Gaolathe. The panellists encouraged students to not see themselves only as employees but also as potential employers with the skills to create jobs for other citizens.
BITRI participates in Fairs and similar platforms as part of the organisation’s Community Engagement program.