If someone asked you what you want to do after you graduate, what would you say? We are often asked this question throughout our lifetime. At 5 years old, we want to become a firefighter, actor and a model, but as we grow up, it becomes harder to choose what we want to do. We are told to choose our subjects wisely because they could have an impact on our future career path, and that can be a daunting decision for someone who is only 17 years old.
With that in mind, the ISH commits itself to prepare their students for the next step in their education path, so that they don't have to feel anxious about their future. One of the ways we do this is through our annual Career Orientation Day.
It is a day where students get to hear from various professionals who are successful in a field that is of interest to them. Every student with a dream to go to space had the honour of hearing "Journey Towards Becoming a Space Engineer". Kartik Kumar, an alumnus who graduated 16 years ago, encouraged our students to dream big using the famous quote by Les Brown "shoot for the moon, and even if you miss, you will land among the stars." He created an "Amazon" for space gear which let them know that they too could do whatever they set their minds to.
"I learned a lot about what I want to become, and the information that the speakers gave were clear and easy to understand. Also, I liked the plaza with all the different universities that were organized based on what kind of diploma they offer."
Throughout life, we can feel that our dreams are too big to achieve, but Brian Farley doesn't see it that way. He delivered a tremendous keynote about how he lead the Dutch Baseball Team to victory during the 2011 Baseball World Cup Championships. He assured students that no dream is big enough to achieve if you are willing to work hard for it.
When someone mentions the word "university", you are likely to get petrified. So this year, we decided to invite our Alumni to come and share their university experience. It was refreshing to hear that it is not as scary as it may appear in the movies, and through the speed dating session, students were able to ask specific questions about the application process.
"I like the speakers information that they gave, and felt well informed on what they were telling us, I also enjoyed being able to ask them about their careers and what paths they took and why, and I also thought that being able to talk about their university life and why they decided to choose a certain career gave me some idea of what things I would like to study too."
We hope that students were inspired throughout the day, and are less anxious now about their future. An incredible event like this wouldn't have been possible without the efforts of Ms Maaswinkel and the Careers Team, Ms Hennop and her student helpers, and all the speakers and universities that came to share their wisdom.