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.