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Industrial and Organisational Psychology

Through the hard work from Mrs Sharon Munyaka and the support from the SIOPSA Foundation a 4 hour career guidance workshop was held at Thamsanqa High School, Kwazakhele, Port Elizabeth. The workshop was hosted for a group of 60 enthusiastic Grade 12 (and a few Grade 11) learners. A career guidance handbook: ‘Discover Your Career – A ride in the right direction’ (2012, Dr Lanette Hatting & Debbie de Jong) was used as the basic structure of the event. The learners enjoyed the activities in the book which involved discovering their interests, personalities and thinking styles. Many of the learners were inspired to pursue further studies, and asked questions about the ‘next steps’ they should take.


It was the first career guidance held at the school and the teachers and learners were very grateful for the opportunity. They were thankful for the handbook which they could take home and continue to work through at their own pace. The learners highlighted that the workshop had enlightened to the possibilities that exist beyond school.


The event was a SIOPSA Foundation initiative supported by the SIOPSA EC Regional Branch committee. Presenters at the workshop were Dr Sharon Munyaka, Ms Susan McGoldrick, Ms Babalwa Desi and Mr Frik Nortje – all Industrial Psychologists based in Port Elizabeth. We were also fortunate to have a group of 6 Postgraduate students from NMMU who volunteered to assist the learners with the workbook activities and with setting up the venue.


Generous donations towards the event were made by members of the SIOPSA EC committee. We are truly thankful because without their support the event would not have been such a success. Support from SIOPSA Head Office is also acknowledged for their assistance towards the funding.