Career-Focused Education Delivers More than a Degree

Africa, ICT, News, June 29 2018

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: Saarah Saint had almost everything a young South African needs to be successful: a strong work ethic, professional ambition, and creativity. But the one thing she didn’t yet have—a higher education degree—threatened to derail her plans for a career in advertising.

Johannesburg’s Vega School, which prepares its students for careers through “Work-Integrated Learning” and emphasizes job placement, offered a path forward. Vega’s curriculum develops students’ hard and soft skills in projects that simulate situations they would encounter in the workplace, giving them a competitive advantage. Its marketable degrees position students to secure meaningful employment and improve their quality of life.

Saint experienced this first-hand when she was offered a place in a special program offered by Ogilvy and Mather, one of the largest advertising companies in the world. She was invited with about 40 other candidates to work on a group assignment. “I was prepared to do it,” she says, “but the other participants did not know how to work that way. Vega equipped me with the right skills.”


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Source: World Bank

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