St Ignatius teacher earns US College & Career counsellor qualification

by Munyaradzi Mandipaza
We are proud to announce that our Design and Technology teacher, Mrs Rosewinter Mugadza has completed the coveted US professional career and college counsellor program. The qualification empowers Mrs Mugadza to provide support to students applying for Universities in the United States of America (US) and offer sound advice in their career paths of choice.
“The platform gave me the opportunity to network with various universities based in the United States of America. I was also educated on the different types of universities; I am therefore able to guide students in their applications.
“We were also made aware of the relevant timelines when it comes to applying for universities in the US. Students are advised to start their application process right at the beginning of the sixth form with a college search. They must also engage their recommender early so that they start profiling them, thereby guaranteeing a strong recommendation.
“Through this qualification, I am now able to help students decide on the right career path because at times students make the wrong choice due to peer pressure or the desire for a well remunerating job. Through this program, I am now able to take students through personal interest exercises which should be taken into consideration when deciding one’s career pathway,” said Mrs Mugadza.
The school also received resources to help students in the application process such as SAT textbooks, personal statement handbooks and a career counsellor handbook.
Traditionally, a sizable number of students from St Ignatius have been absorbed by US universities every year with some absorbed on various scholarships on offer owing to the educational excellence offered by the college.
Additionally, Mrs Mugadza is part of the inaugural Career Counsellor’s Association of Zimbabwe which is aimed at promoting and supporting counsellors in the country. The association which already has a constitution is currently undergoing the requisite registration processes.
Mrs Mugadza holds Honours degree in Construction and Civil Engineering from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and a diploma in systematic counselling from Connect. She has been with the college since 2008 and has been providing career counselling in her 14-year stint with the school.

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