The Career Indaba  hosted yet another successful career guidance and further education expo on 5 and 6 March, at the Sandton Convention Centre.

This event is held annually with aim to expose learners, students and young professionals to career options they did not otherwise know were available to them and to guide them into making the right choice for their future.

One of CN&CO’s favourite financial publication, FAnews and client, The Insurance Apprentice, were out at Career Indaba to represent the insurance industry. To also support this great initiative, was Auto and General, AIG, My Career in Insurance and the The Insurance Institute of South Africa (IISA).

Career Indaba caters different career options to a diverse range of needs and skills. It is beneficial to individuals looking to further their studies or those simply seeking employment. They get a chance to network and get advice from real people in the industry of their liking.

Students from as little as Grade 9, from different schools around South Africa, parents and young professionals came in numbers, all seeking advice and a point in the right direction.

The Insurance Apprentice’s stand was fired up with presentations on job talks and career advice on the necessary steps needed to take to enter into the exciting industry of insurance.

Many of the delegates at the Career Indaba showed that they were unaware of what the Insurance Apprentice is and the vast opportunities the insurance industry has to offer. It is for this reason that The Insurance Apprentice was formed and FANews saw it fit to be part of the exhibition at Career Indaba.

This was a way of creating awareness and excitement, by exposing this dynamic industry to young people. To also address the misconception of  it being dull and boring and to show that one can actually build a good career in insurance.

“I have a feeling that we have underestimated the importance of the insurance industry’s presence at an expo like this. We saw thousands of young people who wanted to know about insurance and the opportunities we as an industry have for them,” says editor and co-owner of FANews, Rianet Whitehead. “Hopefully there will be more collaboration on this initiative next year.”

The presentations unlocked the minds of the young pupil. The speakers on the different opportunities found in insurance and how delegates can package their personal brands. Charmaine Koch of the IISA also demonstrated how insurance fits into other professions. This left others very intrigued.

The events was a huge success, filled with lots of information and fun all around. The delegates were curious to find out more and many others put their names forward for internship and learnership opportunities.