UNIC Pretoria participates at the 2014 SAIIA Careers Fair

28 August 2014 | News and Media

Johannesburg, 20 August 2014 – “How do I get to work for the United Nations” is a common question when the United Nations Information Centre engages with students.

Visitors to the UN stand get their questions answered by UNIC intern Leone Opfou at the South African Institute of International Affairs Careers Evening in Johannesburg, 20 August 2014

Visitors to the UN stand get their questions answered
by UNIC intern Leone Opfou at the South African
Institute of International Affairs Careers Evening in Johannesburg, 20 August 2014

It was thus no surprise that the UNIC Information Stand was popular at a Careers Fair hosted by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 20 August 2014.

For the past nine years, UNIC has been invited by SAIIA to participate as an exhibitor and as an information source at their annual Career Fair which attracts between 200 and 300 students from throughout Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The UNIC interns sourced a wide range of UN information materials which were displayed on an exhibition table

 A packed auditorium as interested students listen to speakers providing career advice at the the South African Institute of International Affairs Careers Evening in Johannesburg, 20 August 2014

A packed auditorium as interested students listen to speakers providing career advice at the the South
African Institute of International Affairs Careers
Evening in Johannesburg, 20 August 2014

in the venue. Most of the materials were disseminated among the interested students – posters, publications, brochures and bookmarks among others.

In addition to eagerly receiving the information materials, the UNIC National Information Officer, Sudeshan Reddy, and the UNIC interns present, were inundated with numerous questions on, among other issues, job openings in the UN globally and nationally, the UNIC internship programme, the UN role in peacekeeping as well as the work of the UN in South Africa.

 The UN team at the South African Institute of International Affairs Careers Evening in Johannesburg, 20 August 2014. From Left to Right: Marie-Rose Tshite (UNIC Intern), Nyameka Mbete (UNDP intern), Sheraton Petersen (UNDP intern), Vonagni Hlungwani (UNIC intern), Alyaa Siddig (UNIC intern), Sudeshan Reddy (UNIC National Information Officer), Leone Opfou (UNIC intern)

The UN team at the South African Institute of International Affairs Careers Evening in Johannesburg, 20 August 2014. From Left to Right: Marie-Rose Tshite (UNIC Intern), Nyameka Mbete (UNDP intern), Sheraton Petersen (UNDP intern), Vonagni Hlungwani (UNIC intern), Alyaa Siddig (UNIC intern), Sudeshan Reddy (UNIC National Information Officer), Leone Opfou (UNIC intern)

With over a dozen other information stands at the Career Fair, the UN exhibit was the most-visited and the whole programme was once again a meaningful example of youth outreach and information-sharing.

For more pictures from this event visit the UNIC Facebook page.