IF big companies passionately pushed education, Mzansi would be a better country.

Education is a passion of Primestars’ Martin Sweet who created the My Future, My Career programme. The programme shows grade 9 to 12 pupils educational movies at Ster-Kinekor theatres all over Mzansi every Sunday.

The programme informs pupils by showing 14 educational films which provide much-needed guidance on more than 115 possible career options.

Pupils learn about different careers which helps them know exactly what career they want to follow afterwards.

Sweet organised a lot of companies to come together and in different ways make this programme the success it has become.

Millicent Maroga, head of Old Mutual Foundation, said they were happy to be part of the programme because with good advice, pupils can make informed decisions about their careers, finances and general life choices.

“We hope to expose many young people to professions, such as actuarial science and fund management, which are in demand but not well known among the youth.”

Faith Khanyile, CEO of the Women’s Development Bank Investment Holdings, said that they believed the My Future, My Career programme would help Mzansi move forward because it invests in youth.

“The development of the youth is at the very heart of the women’s bank values. This programme gives pupils the support they need to make an informed decision about their future careers.”

Sweet said pupils, especially those from underprivileged schools, didn’t get proper career guidance and often had to do something they didn’t like.

“Pupils learn while being entertained. The mid-year matric exams are just a beginning and they need to be reminded that more work comes after that.”

Sweet said the programme encouraged pupils to properly explore and choose careers that suit them.

“This is done because finishing matric without being advised properly about career options is a serious problem.”