Careers Zimbabwe – Career Development for Young Professionals

CAREERS ZIMBABWE is a career development center that focuses on providing career training, career counseling, and career information to young professionals in Zimbabwe in order to assist them find jobs.

We had the opportunity to email interview the Founder of Career Zimbabwe, Pardingtone Ndundu who’s part of the Africans Building Africa Community.

  1. Tell us about yourself and your organization
I put the birth of Careers Zimbabwe to just one day; it was after a morning lecture at University of Zimbabwe and as usual we indulged in different discussions. In a split second, we were talking about our future and at the center of it our jobs after graduation. In the discussion, I realized that, 80% of my classmates had no idea on what their career paths were to be, as if it’s not enough, they hadn’t chosen their major like I had done. The University assigned degree programs on them and they couldn’t go otherwise because it was the University of Zimbabwe. I walked to my room after that discussion asked myself what should I do to help, went to my mentor and from there opened the Facebook page Careers Zimbabwe.
I started reading career development work on my own on free time while on full time was working on my degree Political Science. From then on, I moved to LinkedIn, Twitter, Website and today we share career information to more than 20 000 people every day on Social Media. We have visited more than 10 High Schools, 5 Universities and collaborated with churches to get where young people are. We have hosted seminars for young professionals.
Careers Zimbabwe’s work is now defined in three categories: career training, career counselling and career information dissemination. I consider myself a Social Entrepreneur and with that Careers Zimbabwe is a non-profit organization.
  1. How much did you need to start your organization and how were you able to raise that capital? 

I started Careers Zimbabwe with zero dollars! I had free Wi-Fi, a library and a computer at college and that was it. To formalize the business about a year later I got assistance from close lawyer colleagues who I stayed with while at college. I made sure that the Board of Trustees composed a team of well-connected and experienced people who could offer advice on how to develop the organization.

I took a full-time job to sustain the organization.

  1. What are some of the challenges you face in your organization and how do you overcome those challenges?
Career management is a delicate service which not only needs students but also parents and teachers. Hence, the major challenge we are now meeting is developing material for the teacher, student and parent. Such that, the student gets ultimate support they require from parents and teachers when they choose a particular career path.
In many circles, career management is thought of as a privileged service or luxury. In addition, there is already a struggle to fight child marriages, teacher to student ratio, cover walking distance of rural students from home to school and more issues. The cases thus present an argument that pushes career management a step further to being prioritized by education stakeholders.
  1. Where do you see your organization in 5 years from now and what steps are you taking today to reach that objective?
Careers Zimbabwe is going to be the headquarters of Career Institute Africa which will mostly provide career information to Africans in Africa and across the globe.
Career Insider (www.careerinsider.co.zw) our career magazine will be a formidable force to change perspectives towards prioritizing career management of not only students and professionals but also employers, government and funding agencies in the education sector.
In 2022, we will be hosting our fifth National Career Week in which the first is October this year in Harare.
  1. What advice would you give other entrepreneurs looking to start a business or invest in Africa?
  • You don’t necessarily need money to start a business or social venture.
  • Your patience levels should be exceptional.
  • Be the best at your craft and all things will fall into place.
  • Collaborate locally, regionally and internationally with people in your same field – you need the exposure!
  1. How is your business participating to the development of Africa?

There has been a discussion on the Africa We Want and am to that Careers Zimbabwe is:

  • Aligning people to their elements (passion) and from it the best careers are noted.
  • Bridging the gap between tertiary and industry needs – this informs the type of education required.
  • Solidifying the tripartite relationship of parent, student and teacher with regards to working together for career management.
  • Information is power – providing information on where to get a job, how to launch a career, why a mentor is needed, tips to get a scholarship is what many young people need for free.
  • Celebrate ingenuity – celebrating young people’s work and achievements motivates others and inspire them to believe they can when their colleagues can achieve while with the same resources and in the same environment.
About
Amadou is a Social Entrepreneur, Business Coach, Public Speaker, and Promoter of African Entrepreneurship. Passionate about Africa and Entrepreneurship, Amadou’s mission is to work with African Entrepreneurs to bring out their stories and support them. As the Host of Africans Building Africa Podcast, Amadou loves to chat with African Entrepreneurs to deliver informative and inspiring content to Africans who would like to start a business or invest in Africa.
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  • Tariro Mtombo
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    I am a young graduate seeking assistance. Please help

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