A Learning Journey is an expedition into the world of work for grade 10 and 11 learners. We use psychometric feedback to match motivated youngsters with progressive businesses for a fun day of experiential learning. Hopping aboard a Learning Journey means more than exposure to career options — we encourage students to ask loads of questions, practise their networking skills, and reflect on their experiences.
On Wednesday 13 March, 13 Christel House Learners joined us for a trip to the V&A Waterfront, where we learned about some awesome career opportunities in Marine Science and Software Development.
Part 1: The Life Aquatic with Michelle Kirschenbaum
Our tour of the Two Oceans Aquarium started with a talk by Mso, a passionate “front-of-house” team member who gave us the down-low on all the marine life surrounding us. Learners were inspired by Mso’s personal career journey, which illustrated that dedication and a positive attitude are all you need to grow within a company.
Next, Aquarist Michelle took us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the aquarium’s exhibits. The kids were interested to learn that Michelle landed her career in Marine Science through experience rather than study. Like Mso, she stressed that dedication and effort are the keys to a fulfilling career. It was fascinating to delve into daily operations at the aquarium!
After the tour, we had lunch in the conference room with a host of employees who related what it was like to work with marine life and why they decided to pursue careers at the aquarium. Christel House’s charismatic L.O. teacher, Zondre, entertained learners with a quiz before 3 marine biologists educated us about the different spheres of their industry (conservation, research, and teaching).
Sincere thanks to the awesome Two Oceans team!
Part 2: Innovative Learning at WeThinkCode_
After a 30-minute reflection break, we took a stroll to Portswood Square to visit WeThinkCode_’s innovative Cape Town campus. Five students introduced the programme and encouraged motivated learners to apply for a spot by testing themselves against an online video game!
Besides discussing the many aspects of coding, our hosts related how WeThinkCode_ had changed their lives for the better and debated the merits of learning software development through study or practical experience. The budding developers in our group left feeling a personal connection WeThinkCode and what it could mean for them.
Heartfelt thanks to the awesome students who shared their time with us — talk about living on purpose, with purpose!