With such high unemployment rates in South Africa, Rosebank College's employability department hosted a career coaching session for the unemployed family and friends of Rosebank College national staff as part of their Nelson Mandela Day Initiative.
Hosted at the Rosebank College Braamfontein Campus in Johannesburg on Friday 17 July 2015, attendees enjoyed an afternoon of motivation and advice given by Lillian Bususu, National Graduate Development Manager at Rosebank College.
The attendees aged between 18-30 years were inspired to take charge of their lives and to realise that their current situation doesn't have to remain their reality.
"Refuse to be ordinary and never give up," Bususu told the attendees. "Realise your purpose and come to the table."
During the five hour session, Bususu shared success stories of former Rosebank College graduates who were unemployed and are now employed through the Graduate Empowerment Programme (GEP). Bususu also shared the skills that employers look for from graduates when going for an interview. Bususu spoke about the importance of realising that each one of us has a purpose and that we have a responsibility to contribute to society.
In the words of Madiba – "what counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead."
"Mandela fought for you so that you can have a brighter future and it is your responsibility to be a success," Bususu told attendees.
Natalie Jackson, a BA Psychology graduate from UJ left the session feeling inspired. "This turned out to be exactly what I expected and even more."
Sindiswa Ndzimande agreed, I realise that I have the power to change my life and that it all lies within me."
Siveshni Chettiar, National Student Relations Manager from Rosebank College helped organise the event. "Everyday within our own communities we are faced with many young people that have lost hope or motivation to continue to seek employment after many failed attempts. We wanted to encourage our staff to find these young people and help them take this life changing step by attending a Rosebank College career coaching session. The response was overwhelming!"
The Graduate Empowerment Programme (GEP) was initiated in 2012 by The IIE's Rosebank College as a means to address graduate unemployment in South Africa. To date Rosebank College has placed over 3000 graduates in employment since the Programme began.
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Written by Karabo Keepile