While South Africa is experiencing growth in its graduate labour force, graduate unemployment is rising with the overall unemployment rate.
Graduate unemployment is problematic, because it wastes scarce human capital, which is detrimental to the economy in the long run. So how do we reverse these statistics?
"Graduates of today need to stand out and be the total package, says Lilian Bususu, National Graduate Empowerment Programme Manager at Rosebank College. During a recent career coaching workshop she shared some tips with our IIE graduates on how to better position themselves for the world of work.
Align yourself to the world of work
"You have to learn the rules of the game and play better than anyone else," says Bususu. Whether we like it or not, our lives are dominated by rules and the same applies for the workplace. Learn these rules and you will land the job of your dreams.
Make yourself attractive to an employer
"Some employers only need to see potential to employ you," says Bususu. You can do this by being aware of the way you speak and how you conduct yourself during the interview.
Be prepared to work
"Most graduates feel self-entitled, demanding high salaries with no experience," says Bususu. "And those graduates that are employed take things for granted," adds Bususu. You need to be prepared to work hard to secure the position you want.
Become a go-getter
In life you either chase or are chased. In order to be a go-getter, you need to have tunnel vision and to chase after what you want without being distracted. For example, if there is a particular type of job that you want, you should go after it.
Remember big dreams, determination and action produce results.
About IIE Rosebank College
The IIE Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build successful careers. Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution. The IIE quality, accredited qualifications enable you to thrive in today's working world.
Whether you study at our Braamfontein, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria Sunnyside, Polokwane or Durban campuses, and enrol for an IIE degree, diploma or higher certificate. We are a worthy higher education partner for all students who entrust us with their career development. For more information please visit www.rosebankcollege.co.za