Over 200 young graduates and 13 private companies including Standard Chartered, NBC, Exim Bank, Total Gas, Smile Communications, Tigo, Vodacom among many others, came together for a unique career development event organised by Restless Development Tanzania on Thursday June 21 at the British Council in Dar es Salaam.
The room was abuzz with young people and employers making connections and an endless stream of students taking advantage of the CV writing station, career advice surgeries, inspirational talks given by Tigo’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Restless Development’s Country Director, and young role models.
The career fair was organised by a team of 20 youth volunteers from the UK and Tanzania through the DfID International Citizen Service programme and was one of the first of its kind in Tanzania.
The volunteers have spent the last three months developing an innovative career development toolkit with input from employers, running career development courses at five universities across Dar Es Salaam, and helping young Tanzanians to make informed choices about their future careers. This is a pilot project called Kijana Tung’are Kazini (Young people, let’s shine at work!) planned to be scaled up through support from the private sector, young professional role models and Restless Development over the next twelve months.
As ICS team leader Siobhan McGrath points out, “It’s been really inspiring for me to see the students growing in confidence and thinking about what they want from the careers, not just about getting any job. It’s really relevant, as that happiness in their careers will translate into the rest of their lives.”