What we do
Our passion is our students.
While we strive to stay locally engaged, it is our purpose to remain nationally relevant and internationally recognized in everything we do. The Career Centre adds value by offering continuous support in producing quality graduates. This is done by closing the gap between students and other role-players as well as opening doors in various professional industries.
Apart from making crazy investments in relevant, rich curricula, we also have amazing support structures in place to help you develop an understanding of the work place and the kind of qualities employers are looking for in graduates. It is at the heart of our efforts to produce graduates who understand the nuances of the South African environment and are equipped to add critical value in addressing the broad social, economic, environmental and ethical challenges faced by society.
In short, think of us as your travel partners on the road to your exciting professional future!
Who we are
Where to find us
The NWU is a multi-campus university with a footprint across two provinces. The Mafikeng and Potchefstroom Campuses are situated in the North-West Province and the Vaal Triangle Campus is in Gauteng. The head office, known as the Institutional Office, is in Potchefstroom, situated near the Potchefstroom Campus.
You can find the NWU Career Centre at the following offices:
Institutional and Potchefstroom Campus
Building F 25; Jooste Street
Vaal Triangle campus
Finding the right job can be quite a challenge. We understand. That’s why the Career Centre goes to a lot of effort to create opportunities to help you find your feet and make your future less misty. These opportunities include the following events and resources that are designed to kick-start your career! We’ve also reserved a section of this website discussing free tips for students regarding the job search adventure as well as a list of highly useful, curated resources.
We understand that finding the right fit is crucial for your company. As an employer seeking excellent graduates who are equipped to add value in diverse spheres, you have come to the right place. It all starts here.
The Career Centre at the NWU offers you the prospect of scouting for well-rounded, talented individuals who poses the skill-set your company needs.
We provide you with the following engagement opportunities.
Advertise your vacancies on the Career Centre’s Facebook page
Book a stall at our Career Fairs on one of our campuses
These fairs are events where you are given the opportunity to exhibit your company, meet and talk to students, promote employment opportunities, generate interest in forthcoming recruitment activities and raise your company’s profile on our campus.
Publish in our Career Guide
Showcase your company and provide industry insights in our career guide.
Arranged Employer Presentations
Come do a talk on campus to engage with potential employee candidates. Click here to view a full list of our Rates for 2015 in order to get the full scope of how much each student engagement opportunity would cost.
Employer consultative workshops:
These workshops give academics and employers alike the opportunity to learn from one another for the purpose of strengthening existing links between current industry experience and tertiary education.
This reinforces the relationship between the University’s curricula and the corporate sphere by ensuring that tertiary education remains responsive to the actual needs found in the workplace.
Simply put, ploughing back industry insights and expertise into the education system is bound to lead to mutually beneficial consequences.
Register here for the NWU Graduate Recruitment Services 2015
As the Career Centre we strongly believe that it is our priority to help students learn more about themselves, while challenging their beliefs and cultivating an environment which encourages them to appreciate the privilege of working towards a degree.
In order to help students develop holistic understanding and self-knowledge, we, as academic scholars, must strive to integrate industry experience with academic learning effectively, both inside and outside the lecture room.
This implies that we must help students think about a career not merely as a series of jobs, but rather as a continuous process of lifelong learning, growth and development. Viewing every learning opportunity or experience as an opportunity to acquire another tool for the proverbial “toolbox of life” turns life into a continuous learning opportunity.
The Career Centre plays an integral part in the Teaching-Learning environment, allowing us to give constructive feedback on a regular basis to both the Institutional Committee for Teaching-Learning and the Teaching-Learning Forum on Career Centre activities.
We also assist employers and you as academics to engage with each other in a process which allows each party to make their needs known. These partnerships include:
• Partnership between Senwes & School of Accounting and Information Technology;
• Pharmaceutical companies’ involvement in the annual Pharmacy Symposium;
• Bursaries offered to our students (indirectly contribute to the NWU bursaries);
• Curriculum renewal for the School of Consumer Sciences.
As previous students and ambassadors of the NWU, we value your support and regard you as friends.
The university’s alumni provide a crucial resource for the career development of current students. Through the Career Centre’s Alumni Network, we encourage you to consider various mechanisms through which you can add value by sharing your expertise.
How can you get involved?
Volunteer your services and act as mentor to students,
Present a guest lecture on your professional experiences
Host a student internship within your organisations.
Make use of the NWU CAREER CENTRE LinkedIn Group for job searching purposes.
We encourage you to become part of the proud heritage of giving back and reaping the rewards. Please contact our office for more information.