GISSA promotes geospatial professions at career day

April 18th, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT

The Geo-Information Society of South Africa (GISSA) Gauteng branch’s Education portfolio, represented by Prevlan Chetty, was involved in the West Rand Careers Expo, held at the Greenhills Stadium in Randfontein from 13 to 16 March 2018. The expo is run by the Krugersdorp Rotary Club and is aimed at providing career guidance and counselling to the regional high schools’ grades 10 to 12 learners.

GISSA has a history of attending at the West Rand Career Expo and took the opportunity to partake once again to make high school students aware of the career opportunities in geo-information and other spatial-related disciplines.

Thandeka Lasmisi from SANBI explaining GIS and a geospatial professional’s work to students at the career day.

Thandeka Lasmisi from SANBI explaining GIS and a geospatial professional’s work to students at the career day.

Career counselling and GIS exposure is a key element to the society’s agenda, and the Career Expo has traditionally been a platform to expose the spatial sciences and disciplines to many students who would have otherwise been unaware of geospatial career options.

Over the course of the four days, 7000 students from 44 high schools visited the expo. GISSA and its representatives provided career guidance to the young students and answered questions ranging from “What is GIS?” to “Will I see New York if I do this GIS?”

The society’s involvement at the career expo would not have been possible without help from the following companies who availed representatives to the event: ARUP, the Department of Environmental Affairs, Hexagon Geospatial, Esri South Africa, the City of Johannesburg Corporate Geoinformatics, Diane du Plessis, EE Publishers, the Gauteng City Region Observatory (GCRO), GCS Water and Environmental Consultants, and Eskom.

GISSA hopes to attract more involvement from the public next year and remind geospatial professionals of their responsibility to ensure a bright future for the professionals by attracting talent and inspiring people from a young age. GISSA also extended its gratitude to the above stakeholders for their involvement, in particular to EE publishers, ARUP and Esri South Africa for sponsoring promotional material.

Contact Prevlan Chetty, GISSA, prevlanc@gcs-sa.biz