As confirmed by Stats SA in 2019, Youth aged 15–24 years are the most vulnerable in South Africa’s labour market. In the 1st quarter of 2019, the unemployment rate was 55.2% within this age group. The Graduate unemployment rate within this was 31%1. This confirms that Education remains key to greater prospects in the South African labour market. In addition, it is worth noting that the 2019 UCT graduate exit survey confirmed that 42% of UCT graduates have employment certainty on the day they graduate.
But, as many recent student-led movements have highlighted, Education in democratic South Africa has been slow to change, and it is now far more widely recognised that becoming a student, being a student and successfully graduating requires considerable awareness and support.
With the benefit of 50 years’ experience of providing relevant, effective career development-related services to prospective, current and past UCT students, the Careers Service recognises and continues to evolve its vital role in addressing youth employment in South Africa and beyond.
Our core mandate is to assist UCT students to acquire a set of skills, knowledge and personal attributes that make them more likely to be satisfied with and be successful in whatever context they find themselves in. On either end of this mandate ‘value chain’ are related services: to learners seeking to identify future career pathways and to graduates navigating the rapidly evolving world of work.
Navigate our website for diverse information relevant to a range of stakeholder interests or pop in at our offices located in the Hoerikwaggo Building, North Lane, Upper Campus on weekdays between 08h30 and 16h30.
Congratulations on taking this important early step in your career journey!
The Careers Service’s direct reporting line is within the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) which is a cohesive, cross faculty structure working in partnership with all six UCT Faculties. The Dean of CHED reports directly to the Deputy Vice Chancellor responsible for teaching and learning at UCT which is important for us to achieve our vision of enabling careers education, information, advice and guidance embedded within the curriculum in faculties.