March 28, 2018
How Unemployed Graduates in SA can create their own Success
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The State of the Nation Address, which took place recently highlighted the significant drop in youth unemployment. The report made was that unemployment decreased from 55.90 percent to 52.20 percent. Although there is still a high climb in resolving unemployment, this is a good start.
The government has announced plans to collaborate with private organisations in providing employment opportunities for the youth. This will see the growth of work learning programmes such as learnerships and internships to equip youngsters with skills that are needed in the professional environment.
When organisations make room for inexperienced graduates they also benefit and gain business success.
What do Unemployed graduates gain from doing Work-Integrated learning?
These fixed-term graduate programmes have the power to bridge the unemployment gap that exists in South Africa. When students or graduates undergo work-integrated learning it enriches their careers and gives them expertise they need to begin their professional journey. The work experience they gain becomes a reference they can use to appeal to potential employers.
Instead of waiting at home for a real job, graduates can grow their professional capabilities through internships and learnership programmes. Training young people to be career-wise prepares them to become effective professionals in their various field. With work-integrated learning experience, graduates are considered for entry-level job roles. Because they have this foundation, they become the first preference to recruiters.
How do Interns add Value to Organisations?
Fresh out of college graduates may not have years of experience but they do have a lot that they can offer. Their fresh perspective and outlook on life can inspire growth in the organisation and they can motivate the development of team members.
Young people can teach you new ways of thinking and they can make you look at what you offer differently. They can offer advice that will help you improve what you have and appeal to the younger generation. Due to the tech-savvy generation we live in, youngsters have more tech and social media skills, and having these skills in-house inspires business advancement. Their knowledge of the latest trends or what works for the young market helps organisations improve their success strategy.
Where can Post Graduates look for Career Opportunities?
Unemployed graduates in the country need to be informed on the measures they can take to be considered for opportunities. This means knowing which platforms to be registered on and subscribe to for internship opportunities. It's knowing which websites to look on, which social media pages to follow, in order to land a job. Based on the experience and educational reference they have they can qualify for different opportunities. This can be internships, learnerships or even an entry-level job depending on your luck.
With the high unemployment rates, it is crucial for graduates to do all they can to begin their careers. Here are a few platforms that graduates and students can explore to increase their chance of being unemployed.
NGO’s AND RECRUITMENT
SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES
The beginning SA- www.facebook.com/TheBeginningSA/
#JobSeekers SA- www.twitter.com/TheBeginningSA
Internships SA- www.twitter.com/InternshipsSA
Looking for- www.twitter.com/LookingForZA
Job Advice SA- www.twitter.com/JobAdviceSA
Hire Me South Africa- www.twitter.com/HireMeZA
DIY My CV- www.twitter.com/DIYMYCVZA
SA Learnership- www.twitter.com/SAlearnership
Search Hashtag- #InternshipsSA- www.twitter.com/hashtag/InternshipsSA?src=hash
Search Hashtag- #JobseekersSA- www.twitter.com/search?f=tweets&q=%23jobseekersSA&src=typd
Matriculant Jobs- www.twitter.com/tolajobjobs
Talent Latch- www.twitter.com/TalentLatch
How Investing in Business Skills brings Success for Young people
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What young people should know is that they have the power to create their opportunities. They can become business innovators who bring something new and dynamic to the market. Although it may take some time before they are established business owners and start earning big, it is a worthy pursuit.
There are many business-training programmes available to the youth that gives them the knowledge they need to become entrepreneurs. When you study a business course it will help you acquire business skills to create your own success. Having these skills also gives them an opportunity to explore business options and not just relying on a job opportunity.
In the long run, these businesses can grow and compete with other big organisations in business. Young people have the potential and can come up with ground-breaking ideas in South Africa’s business sector. They can also bring new solutions to their business concepts and boost our economy.
In this way, graduates do not diminish their potential but live up to their purpose. This professional success will bring prosperity and a sense of purpose for young graduates.
March 26, 2018
By Nana Zuke
Depression is one of the most painful medical conditions that people deal with on a regular basis. Even more so because people deal with depression behind closed doors with no assistance. People get to a point where the sadness and hurt is unbearable that they sometimes end up taking their own lives.
There are 23 suicides in South Africa daily and one in four teens have tried to commit suicide. One in three hospital admissions for suicide involve youth. This is according to The South African Anxiety and Depression Group. The sad truth about the society we live in is that most people feel so alone but they have to put up a front just so they fit in.
People suffering from depression are often ashamed to talk about it because there is still some stigma attached to it. Very few people view depression as an illness. Victims tend to try and deal with it on their own, hoping that one day they will suddenly feel whole and happy again. The danger of dealing with such an illness solely takes its toll on the victim, putting more emotional strain on the person suffering from it.
Shakira Mahabeer, Student Councillor at ICESA said it is always very helpful to speak to someone when an individual is depressed. “A parent, teacher or religious leader. Surround yourself with positive people, it’s also very important to eat healthily and exercise. Journaling can be a great way to unload negative thoughts. Seek professional help to find the cause of your depression and if you need medication, join a support group. Shared experiences lets one know that they are not alone,” said Shakira.
Dealing with something as complicated and sensitive as depression can leave an individual feeling helpless. Students don’t reach out to professionals when they start feeling down and under, instead, they turn to drugs and alcohol. However, these just provide a temporary fix. There is no need to feel helpless and alone when you are depressed. There are a variety of channels in a college or university environment that are especially dedicated to ensuring that the journey you embark on is a positive and successful one. The academic staff is always there to assist you.
“As part of the Work Readiness Programme at ICESA, last year we held workshops every month which was open to all students which covered topics such as communication, improving self-esteem, stress management,” said Shakira.
To start your journey of healing, change your routine and start doing things that are emotionally rewarding to you. Set goals for yourself. Goal setting gives you purpose and direction, also knowing exactly what you want to work towards and achieve for yourself can be great motivation. Start with small achievable weekly or even monthly goals. Draw up a bucket list for yourself and tick items off the list once you have completed them. Tracking all your small and big achievements is a great confidence booster.
Social media can also be very toxic. You have to monitor the content and people you allow into your personal space in social media. Any content that leaves you feeling demotivated and pulls you down should be blocked. The good thing about social media is that you have total control of what you see on your timeline. Start following positive people who motivate you with tips to better your life and get rid of those who promote unreasonable beauty standards.
Avoid stress including activities and keep away from individuals that do not add value to the person you are working on becoming. Instead, focus on yourself and all the things that make you happy. Start putting more effort into your personal development and make daily affirmations that lift up your mood.