Public Administration students at the University of Limpopo (UL) expressed contentment after attending workshop on contemporary practices in the public service, linking classroom theory with workplace practices
This was during a public lecture organised recently by the Department of Public Administration at UL to enhance the connection between classroom education and the workplace.
Collaborating with Limpopo Public Service Commission (PSC), Musina and Mulemule Municipalities as well as Department of Employment and Labour in Limpopo, the lecture also discussed career opportunities in the public service while guiding students on the ideal public service servant in the 21st century.
Human Resources Practitioner at Musina Municipality, Lucky Ntuli, says working in the public service sector is challenging because politicians don't necessarily use principles taught in the classroom. As new graduates you have to adapt to the mix and remain professional.
Principal Psychologist at the Department of Employment and Labour in Limpopo, Walter Motlaleng urges students to visit the department to register on the job-seeking database called Employment Services of South Africa (ESSA). The department will apply for relevant jobs on the students' behalf.
Public Administration Lecturer at UL, Nkgabe Diale says more than linking theory to practice, the public lecture also created a network for final-year students to connect with potential employers while learning about what is expected from a public official.
According to Bachelor of Administration in Local Government student, Thabo Kgole, the public lecture surpassed their expectations. We expected the lecture to focus only on job-hunting and interview skills, but presenters went beyond that and moulded us into becoming great assets as aspirant public officials.
The students raised grave concerns about the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), urging the government to curb mass infiltration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as it threatens both the employed and the unemployed.
Source: University of Limpopo