24 May 2017 – As part of a series of discussions with secondary school learners on career guidance taking place at Nurul-Islam School in Lenasia, UNIC Pretoria was invited to interact with learners on career opportunities within the United Nations. The question-answer sessions first centered around the UN in general and then the work of the UN in South Africa. Further emphasis was placed on explaining the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Learners were then informed about the numerous ways in which they could become involved with the UN such as the Model UN debates, the Young Professionals Programme, the UN Association of South Africa and their work at the various universities in South Africa as well as UN volunteers and the impact they make in communities.
As the school is an Islamic-focused education centre, many of the female students were concerned about career opportunities in the media and communications industry in light of Islamophobia in certain countries. Their questions they asked ranged from the challenges faced by Muslim women, especially in the corporate world, balancing careers while not compromising family values and still retain the ability to do what makes them happy.
Many of the learners expressed interest in diverse range of careers including education, marketing and communications.