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Why career services offices are the most important place on campus

Career services office

 

One of the most important objectives of college is to assist and guide students in their search for the correct and successful career path, which hopefully will lead to a successful and prosperous future and career. It follows, then, that career services is the most important office on any campus.

Students who take advantage of career services on campus will be able gain access to an enormous amount of information, in turn, assist them in their search for a brighter future and set them on the correct career path. Career services offices provide students with priceless information and helps students to learn how to become the best possible marketable job candidates.

 

Internship and job listings

One of the most sought out services at any career services office is the access to information regarding internships and job opportunities. The job databases on campus is vital for every student in their search for work. From the get go, students should register with their local career services office and set up an appointment with a career counselor. Meeting with your career counselor periodically is vital for all students.

 

Career guidance

For those students who have no idea or drive for any specific career, career centers and counselors step in and assist. Career counselors have numerous tools and expertise at their disposal to help test and guide students. They also can assist when it comes to courses choices and curriculum planning.

 

Seminars on resumes and interview skills

Apart from the diploma students will receive when they graduate, all students must be able to write a good resume. There is a good chance that your career services office will run seminars and workshops on resume writing and interviewing skills on campus. These seminars will teach students about dress code, how to answer interview questions, and how to tailor their resume to specific job interviews. Knowledge of these basis skills is vital and is as important as any course they take.

 

Entry-level salary calculations

One of the biggest hurdles of college is the cost and how to pay for it. Students need to understand and have a realistic idea about their future income opportunities when electing to take out a students loan and the size of the loan. Students should research and discuss with their counselors realistic expectations for post-graduation salaries.

 

Mentorship opportunities from alumni

After all the courses and classes, students need to learn how to network. Networking helps to find a job after graduation or perhaps lead to an internship or shadow day opportunity. Joining your alumni can also help with references or potential job openings. Spending some time with a professional in your field and asking questions could lead to an internship and mentoring. Finding these type of opportunities are easier to find when the professional is fellow alumni. Mentors can answer all those question that are not in the textbooks.

 

Richard Branson’s guide to success

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The key to happiness is having dreams. The key to success is making your dreams’ come true. Today, i would like to pass on some tips from one the one of the most successful entrepreneurs who left school at age 16. After leaving school, Richard Branson went onto create the Virgin empire and brand. Here are a few tips to assist you on your road to success.

Follow your dreams and just do it – Be proactive and get involved in life and seek out things that interest you. No matter what business you create, make sure its is your hobby and passion. Your life and working career will be far better and enlightening. Never aim to do something for the sake of money. Many people have good ideas, but few of these ideas are put into practice.

Make a positive difference and do some good – To be a successful entrepreneur, you need to aim to make a positive difference in other people’s lives. Creating something that helps others will prove you with self fulfillment and will also motivate your staff to turn up to work and feel part of a company that is making a difference in the world.

Believe in your ideas and be the best – In order to succeed you need to believe in your idea. You need to have the passion for your idea, and through this passion you will be bale to motivate and inspire others to believe in it. Rehearse your ‘elevator’ speech and be able to describe your idea or business in two or three sentences.

Have fun and look after your team – Given that most of daily live are spent at work, it is important to have fun at work. If you feel that this fun has disappeared then perhaps it is time to think about moving on. Create an working environment that is peasant to work in from the top down. Make sure that you hire individuals that believe in your ideas and passion.

Don’t give up – You might go through some rough times along the way but never give up. There will be days that you have you forced to work night and day  to overcome some difficulties. Learn from mistakes and failures. Don’t dwell on disappointment. Without mistakes you will never grow and move forward.

Make lots of lists and keep setting yourself new challenges – Write down all your thoughts and make list. Lots of lists. It is the little details that transforms an average company into an exceptional one. Continue to set yourself new challenges and targets. Always make sure that your goals are achievable and continue to monitor your success over time and adapt if need be.

Spend time with your family and learn to delegate – One of the hardest tasks for an entrepreneur is to learn how to delegate. Find people who are better than you to run your business’s day to day operations, and free up your time to focus on the bigger picture and be able to spend time with your family. It is sometimes very difficult to balance your work and family life but never forget the importance of family especially if you have children.

When people say bad things about you, just prove them wrong – It is never nice to hear people talking badly about you or your vision and goals. It is never a good idea to retaliate. It will only give the individual more publicity and legitimacy in their comments. Rather listen to what they are saying and then move forward and prove them wrong .

If you’re doing something that really interests you and have a passion for, it will result in a much more enriched and enjoyable life rather than just doing something for the sake of making money.

 

8 Hot Tips to find you YOUR next role and position

Find your next job

 

Being unemployed after working ones whole career is an awfully discouraging space to find one self. Here are a few things that you can do, that will give you purpose and focus and will ensure you find that next great position. The best tip for YOU is to treat this as the SINGLE most important PROJECT you have ever managed.

So lets begin…

1.Ask someone in your circle to be YOUR person, remember when you were employed, you had KPA’s, well this person is who you are going to report.

This person should be someone that you can look up too, someone that will push you when you are feeling discouraged and gently remind you that there are things you have to be doing daily to ensure you find your new role. YOUR person is your disciplinarian and cheer leading squad. Like at work, you always have someone in your corner.

2. Keep up to date with what is trending in the world

Do not fall into the slot of cutting yourself off. Everyday people are making small talk when they do groceries, buying milk, etc. Keep up to date with news and what is trending in the business world, as you never know who you are talking too. Also when you get to your interview, you will be on top of your game.

3. Join Toastmasters or a weekly Networking Events in your area

You have an opportunity right now to network. Meet new people, hear what they are doing and you will be amazed at the amount of opportunities that exist. What these events do is connect you to the business world in a meaningful way. Have a business card made, create a title for yourself as you would like to be known right now. Have fun and get out there.

4. Sign up for THAT course

You know that course you have been meaning to do as it intrigues you. Well do it now. Sign up and read up and learn something new. You never know this maybe a time where your career change may happen.

5. Do NGO work

You will be surprised how many people need help. You have time on your hands and an amazing skill set. So offer it to the wider community. This network long-term will be invaluable.

6. Join groups that are relevant to your job search on-line

Find this group or groups, now is the time to leverage that gravitas you have. It adds weight to your CV and you stay in touch with other individuals that do what you do.

7. Socialise with friends and acquaintances

People, lets face it, the IMMEDIATE group who will know you are unemployed are your friends. Share your CV with them, let them look in their company, offer to attend their company functions, use this opportunity to network.

8. Applications for roles

Do not apply at random for a role, make a list of your top 20 companies. Go look at their website for vacancies, join their linked In groups, Join their Linked In pages etc. Make yourself know. Connect with the HR person that is positing the job onto the social media platforms. Once you have applied, you follow-up with a courteous email. Stay in touch. Be in control.

How to choose the correct course, diploma, degree and institution

choosing a course

 

Choosing the right course is a big decision and it is important to get it right given that it can have an enormous influence on the future of your success. For those individual who are already studying, remember if you are not happy with your current courses, nothing is set in stone!

Before electing to choose a course there are few things you should take into account and do.

Visit educational institution before you enroll

Take the time to attend open days held at the campus and don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions about life on campus, the courses offered, as well as support services offered on campus to students. Speak to other students who are already enrolled and receive some honest first-hand experience of studying at the institution and about life on campus.

 

Pay attention to course details

Make certain that your primary course covers the modules that are suitable for you. Take the time to browse through course outlines and make sure you understand what to expect from the course. Note that a course title does not describe the content of the actual course, rather take a look at the unit guide and module descriptions for detailed course information.

 

Research and find out about the lecturers

It is always  worthwhile exercise to do some research and background check about your lecturers and their research interests. It is also  good idea to attend the end of year graduation show to obtain a better understanding of what the pros and cons are of the institution. Don’t be afraid to talk to graduating students to get a better idea of the institutions, courses and lecturers.

 

Interview your tutors before they interview you

Attend open days and talk to tutors. Ask question about individual courses to gain insight as to what is required of you. Tutors can give you give provide you with a better understanding of each course and they can advise and direct you with your course choices.

 

Do an online search about the educational institution

Take the time and effort to do some research about the institution online. Join some student forums to see what current student are saying about their choices and course they have chosen. Ask question about campus life and lecturers. Browse through Alumni networks to get a better idea of what graduates have to say and career options. Create a Google alert to receive news about a particular institution or lecturer.

 

Learn about campus environment and the surroundings

It is also advisable to research the environment around the campus. Research the costs of transportation, off campus accommodation costs, safety and security, and local entertainment and shopping. Make sure that the environment suits your personality. You could be the the type of person who enjoys an active nightlife, or perhaps you would prefer to visit a museum.

 

Always choose a course that you have a passion for

Registering for a course that you have a passion for will make your studies a whole lot easier and you will find that you will work harder.

 

Consider the costs of education and staying close to home to save money

Don’t be afraid to choose an institution that is close to home where you can commute on a daily basis. Think about the money you could save on rent and support you can get from your family while you are studying.

 

Investigate to see if institution offers work experience opportunities

Do some research and see if the institution offers any internships or work placement opportunities. This can be helpful in your final year of studies to gain some work experience before graduating.

 

Look into the support networks offered on campus

All students want to have an amazing time while they are studying, hover, when time get tough it is imperative that you have a good support network around you. Some courses, like nursing for example, can be very emotionally, mentally and physically draining and at times you will need somewhere and someone to turn to for support.

 

Campus or town environment

Before you enroll at any institution, take the time to consider what type of environment you prefer before sending in any applications. There are some major difference between campus and city schools. being on campus would entail that you are in the heart of everything and get to classes in a couple of minutes.

 

If you choose a campus away from home, consider the journey home

It is recommended to take into account when electing to study away from home the journey you will need to take to go home and visit. It may sound obvious, but if you need to take a journey that involves several changes, this can become less appealing as time goes by. Also take into account the cost of travel.

 

What if you are not sure about what your passions are

The only way to know if you have chosen the correct course, diploma, or degree is if you can ask yourself the question what about the course is it you like and find yourself rambling on for more than 10 minutes. When choosing a campus and course to study think about the life on the campus, the course modules and what is expected of you, and finally, what are your career prospects.

Do a mind map of the choices you have to help you make a decision. Make a list of all the possible institutions that you are considering to study at and then list all the requirements that are important to you, from campus life, fees, accommodation, etc. research the career opportunities open to you based on the courses you elect to undertake.

 

Look at local companies and businesses

It is also a good idea to do some research into job prospect and opportunities with local businesses in the area. During your studies you could possibly get an internship with a local company which can assist you enormously with in terms of work experience.

 

In the end of the day when it comes to choosing the correct course, diploma, or degree to study and training institution, you should take into account the following things: what interests you, research the institution, understand the course content, quality of the institution, course duration, entry requirements, cost of study, and finally your career opportunities. Never choose a course because everyone is going for it or because your friends and family are pressurizing you to take it.

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Nedbank career guidance initiative goes to the cinema

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Nedbank career guidance initiative – My Future, My Career – for underprivileged high school pupils has launched it’s fourth installment for the benefit of more than 24 000 pupils .

 

Career guidance is vital for younger generation

The recently unveiled campaign will feature over 115 career options spanning 16 different industries in movie episodes and will be screened at Ster-Kinekor cinemas nationally.

This is the fourth year of the Nedbank career initiative and the bank will invest in excess of R3.5-million (US$429 246) in 2013. The primary goal and objectives of the campaign is to provide pupils in grades 9 to 12 a considerably better comprehension and understanding of the needs and requirements for a range of professions, in conjunction with personality descriptions associated with each individual career. So far, Nedbank already has contributed R13.8-million ($1 558-million) towards the campaign and reached well over 112 000 pupils.

Kone Gugushe, Nedbank’s divisional executive for corporate social responsibility, stated that education is amongst the key focus areas of the bank and the fact that 50 % of the total corporate social investment budget is channelled towards education. This programme contributes towards the goal of the bank – to create a knowledge-based economy; which drives the nations growth and development.

“Career guidance plays an important role in shaping the minds of pupils to choose a suitable career path. My Future, My Career is a fun and interactive programme which continues to make a difference to underprivileged pupils across the country.”

The program was conceptualized and is managed by Primestars Marketing and endorsed by the Department of Basic Education. It forms part of Nedbank’s integrated and holistic education interventions model, which consists of two pillars. The first focuses primarily on education across an individual’s life stages. While the second pillar concentrates on holistic support of beneficiary schools.

The program makes it possible for pupils who participate an opportunity to prepare themselves for the transition into the next phase of their lives – work. It assists them to develop and cultivate their own personal career ambitions and at the same time, it fortifies the overall skills base of the country.

Other contributors and sponsors of the campaign include Gauteng City Region Academy, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, the National Youth Development Agency, Total Coal, AECI, and the JD Group.

 

A roaring success story

Albert Zitha from Katlehong who graduated from high school in 2012 with seven distinctions took part in previous campaigns. He attained 100% in both mathematics and physical science, and is currently enrolled at the University of Pretoria to study civil engineering.

“Access to information and career guidance plays a critical role in helping learners decide on a career choice. This programme guided me clearly in choosing my current studies,” said Zitha. “I commend Nedbank for this initiative and strongly encourage pupils to make use of this programme as it will guide them in the right direction with regards to their career choices.”

 

Screen viewing times and locations

The content of the programs is made up of 16 episodes which includes: accounting; law; entrepreneurship; mining and engineering; education; health; information technology; construction; travel and tourism. After each session all students are handed a booklet for reference purposes.

Screenings start on 27 January. The subjects on each day are:

· Entrepreneurship and tourism – 27 January;
· Criminal justice and law – 3 February;
· Health services and education – 10 February;
· Banking, finance and accounting – 17 February;
· Arts and culture – 24 February;
· Transport, logistics and distribution – 24 February;
· Information technology and communication – 3 March;
· Mining, engineering and construction – 10 March; and,
· Environment and property – 17 February.

They will take place at selected Ster-Kinekor cinemas:

· Gauteng – Brooklyn Commercial in Pretoria, and Eastgate, Sandton City, Southgate, Eastrand Mall and Westgate Mall in Johannesburg;
· KwaZulu-Natal – Broadwalk in Richards Bay;
· Limpopo – Mall of the North in Polokwane;
· Mpumalanga – The Ridge Casino; and,
· Western Cape – Cavendish Commercial in Claremont.

Source: mediaclubsouthafrica.com