When Creative Consulting & Development Works (CC&DW) was approached by the South African Institute of International Affairs as well as Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in South Africa to be part of the University of Cape Town (UCT) Careers evening, CC&DW welcomed the opportunity.
The evening started off on a high note with many organizations such as the South African Navy, Human Sciences Research Council, German Academic Exchange Service, Cognia Law, Human Rights Media Centre, Heinrich Boll Stiftung, and the like, in attendance. Each one of these organizations were reaching out to students, sharing information and forging relationships.
Students from all walks of life and academic departments were making sure to seize this opportunity with both hands. The hunger in their eyes truly made the event worthwhile.
When one tries to explain CC&DW’s vision and mission to young students you immediately see their eyes widen with expectation, wonder and most of all, unwavering interest. A decade ago, mentioning the word evaluator was like speaking Greek to an Italian. The world of Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) was considered to be in its infancy and now, with the need to account for policies implemented, project reviews coming into the spotlight, and investment in development and service delivery, M&E is rising and is a much-needed intervention.
After fourteen years of working in the development sector, CC&DW knows first hand the importance of grooming students who want to pursue a career in M&E, especially young emerging evaluators who want to gain solid evaluation experience. CC&DW has to date hosted 39+ young students, mainly previously disadvantaged graduates, at our offices in Cape Town and Pretoria. We have mentored and helped these young researchers, communicators, evaluators and social entrepreneurs to launch their careers through gaining practical work experience. Through our if i could… internship programme we have also placed 100+ international graduates in internships in nonprofit organisations in Cape Town and New Delhi. Through mentoring and helping our youth we hope to change perceptions, encourage new ways of thought, identify and document learnings, make recommendations and contribute to an ever-changing society. There was a wonderful sense of curiosity seen recently at the UCT careers evening. The atmosphere was electric and the students were engaged. They showed a keen understanding and desire to learn, contribute to society and build their careers in a meaningful way. It’s this spirit and desire for learning that fuels development and motivates us the most.