Attention South African graduates: Look out for these things when looking for a job

Attention South African graduates: Look out for these things when looking for a job

We think it's important for graduates to be prepared when it comes to the world of work...

ATTENTION South African Graduates, look out for these four things when looking for a job
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Many graduates tend to think that by going through a tertiary institution, graduating, and coming out with some good marks, they will kill it in the job market. 

But, unfortunately, that's not always the case. Actually, things are always more complex when it comes to finding a job, especially finding work that you want. There's always an extra step or two that you need to accomplish in order to get that dream job. 

So when it comes to choosing your educational institution, think about the fact that some companies give priority to certain tertiary institutions over others. For instance, sometimes preference is given to a university graduate, as opposed to a private higher education graduate. 

However, there are some keys differences between the two, that could help some graduates ease into a job after graduation. For instance, many private education establishments are able to adapt and adjust their programmes according to industry needs. 

"Many deliver niche vocational programmes, using industry experts as educators, with the specific intention of producing more employable graduates," IOL reports.

One of the things that Carol Ofori has shared with her listeners before about looking for work is nothing short of extremely valuable. She admits that when she started off in the industry, it was a different time. Nowadays, the ease of accessing information has heightened, due to the online resources available for graduates and students who are looking for internships.

One of the things that stands out for us, is the fact that when you want something, go do your research, before immediately asking someone in the field for their help. It shows character and also by you doing it on your own, making that first step, it will feel more fulfilling when you do get your foot into the door. 

So be informed, as early as school days, research which tertiary institution is best for what you want to do. Get advice from career counsellors (sometimes these institutions have counsellors you can chat to). Speak to alumni, this is a great way to get a real perspective about the place you want to study at, the programmes that could benefit your resume, and it also allows you to build a sense of culture. 

According to Fenella Somerville from IOL: "I found that four things counted for employability: the reputation of the institution; networks and connections; experience; and type of work. A qualification doesn’t equate to a job. Within five years of graduating, 84% of the graduates were working. Yet some – mostly from disadvantaged backgrounds – remained unemployed. And it seemed their opportunities were diminishing."

So don't take for granted that you are going to get the job because of the institution you came from. Take time to do more, find out more about the company you are interviewing for, be prepared, be presentable and professional. Etiquette is key when it comes to any interview...

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