Youth month is upon us, with great winter chills compounded by a pandemic that has plagued the world in ways unfathomable. Despite this challenge we are facing as a country which is part of the global community, we dare not forget to commemorate June 16 for the strides that were made by the youth of yesteryear towards reforming the educational space. It is a space which we currently navigate, as we share knowledge and skills regarding careers and guidance for all — young and older, in our country and beyond.
The fight against Afrikaans being introduced as a language of instruction throughout our education system in 1976, has benefitted today’s youth by illustrating the power of protesting, as well as 10 other official languages that are enshrined in the constitution and educational space.
As I reflect on my journey as a youth (coming of age as a young person this year, according to the age limit for young people in South Africa), our former president tata Madiba said: “Young people must take it upon themselves to ensure that they receive the highest education possible so that they can represent us well in future as future leaders.” I am humbled and grateful that I have been privileged in many ways in my days of youth to live up to this vision and to be a trailblazer for the youth.
The above has been achieved through opportunities I have been able to give to young people to live up to their fullest potential in the world of work at CTC College, the Career Guide Network (CGN) channel and CAREERS MAGAZINE. These platforms continue to be utilised to enlighten, empower and advance career guidance and the application of the knowledge acquired to positively impact on the lives of young people across our country, our continent and the globe.
As a trailblazer and trendsetter while a young entrepreneur, I have had to navigate uncharted territories with the quest to have a meaningful impact on the lives of young people, their families and communities through CGN (electronic and print media). This platform continues to assist those who access it to enhance their understanding of the world of work and opportunities that are available through career guidance.
While today’s messages across the world are about us getting ahead of the scourge of the pandemic and continually flattening the curve; in the arena of career guidance and human capital development, we need to do more than before to get ahead of the learning agility curve, yet with fewer resources. We are compelled to move quickly and adapt faster to the changing terrain. Careers are moving towards the next digital frontier which necessitates our youthful communities to develop their skills and expertise around technology in a bid to not only keep up but to also innovate and apply their minds to their varying circumstances.