Cultivating an Entrepreneurship Spirit in Students

SEDCO participated in this year’s career fair that was held at the Waterford Kamhlaba Sports Grounds in Mbabane. The event was facilitated by Waterford Kamhlaba students as a CAS (Creativity, Activity & Service) project to bring together high school and tertiary students to learn about available career options from learning institutions and local companies. The event also offered students insight into the labour market of the country as it gathered well-known employers from across the country, such as Nedbank, MTN, Central Bank etc.

SEDCO staff members were on-site and provided students with detailed information about available career options in the company, capacitated them about SEDCO’s mandate and answered questions. SEDCO’s Corporate Communications Officer, Zamantolo Fakudze said she was impressed with the questions asked by the students.

“They want to know what they can do to prepare themselves for careers as entrepreneurs and what entrepreneurship pertains to their studies. Commercial students were also very keen to join us as Business Coaches and were asking about our selection criteria when selecting interns”, said Fakudze.

Fakudze added that the career fair allowed students to learn about entrepreneurship as a career and many hadn’t considered it before. “I was able to tell them about the many benefits of entrepreneurship and various business ventures that they can tap into. This was a good learning opportunity for them, said Fakudze.

Fakudze also stated that the development of the entrepreneurial capacity of young people is one of the key strategic objectives for SEDCO. “The benefits of entrepreneurship education are not limited to start-ups, but also an individual’s ability to turn ideas into action, be creative and innovative. We recognise the important role of education in promoting more entrepreneurial attitudes & behaviours”, said Fakudze

She added that this is vital for students as it affects their success after graduation, especially for non-economics and business disciplines, where the students often lack the development of all those competencies that will help them act upon what they have learned during their academic studies and use their knowledge to create value.