The life of a successful women is about finding your path to success, development and happiness. It is a lifestyle blog that will cover all matters related to being the best that you can be and achieve success in all areas of your life including university, work, relationships and living your dream life. A women (girl-boss) strives to achieve her big dreams and is willing to work hard for them. A Girl-Boss understands that without hard-work she won't achieve all the success she desires.
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GRADUATED... now what?
If you have
recently graduated and received your degree, congratulations. That’s a great
achievement. That is something you should be proud of. Your hard work and
sleepless nights have finally paid off and you are now a graduate.
But why is it
hard to find a job? Did I do the wrong qualification? Is there a need for
people with this qualification? Those are questions most graduates ask
themselves and I also went through that phase. It was frustrating and I felt
defeated, like I had studied the wrong course.
The honest truth
is at university we are not prepared for the work environment. We are not
taught how to transition from university to the workplace. And if that was
done, the unemployment rate of graduates in South Africa would not be high. It
is even worse when you do not have any work experience.
through job portals and it is like all the job adverts you are reading require
individuals with over 3 years work experience? Obviously, you are straight out
of university and do not have any work experience. The next question is “How
will I find a job if I don’t have any work experience”? That is another
irritating phase I went through.
My advice for
all graduates is not to lose hope. A qualification is the first step to
building your career. Most employers want individuals with a qualification but
it is not enough in the competitive work environment.
In terms of
compiling your CV and deciding which job is suitable for a graduate for these
1. Look for
internships and graduate program opportunities.
volunteering in your field. You may be working for free but in the long run you
are getting a bit of experience to add to your CV.
3. Your CV
should be 1 – 2 pages long if you do not have any work experience.
4. Write a
motivational letter that will ensure you stand out from the crowd. It will give
you the chance to introduce yourself in a professional manner. Keep it simple,
make sure your story makes sense and check for spelling/grammar. An employer
does not want to hire someone who does not have ATTENTION TO DETAIL.
5. Having a
qualification is good and all. But ensure that you get good marks. Most
graduate programs and internships want an average of 70%. So focus on your
studies and get good marks. You will thank yourself later.
consider continuing with postgraduate studies. This will help decide which
field you want to specialize in. For example, in HR there is HRM, HRD & IR.
A postgraduate degree will help you decide which field you are passionate about
and how to persuade it.
Goals play an important role in our
personal development and motivate us to work hard towards defining our own
success. Setting goals requires discipline, time and a desire to make personal
change. To achieve your goal(s) it needs to be realistic as that will help you
understand exactly what the goal is about and why that goal feels important to
you. To help you set realistic goals, I will
use weight loss as an example to understand the importance of setting realistic
– Be REAL Before setting a goal you have to be
REAL and honest with yourself. If your goal is to lose weight or develop an
effective fitness routine, ask yourself these questions. Why do I want to lose
weight? Why is this goal important to me? What actions am I willing to take to
lose that weight? Will joining the gym be necessary to help me lose weight?
What are my favourite exercises that will help me achieve my goal? How is my
diet going to contribute towards losing the weight? How much weight do I want
to lose ev…
tend to be very stressful for anyone but that is the next step to getting your
dream job to help you build your career. Here
are my 8 tips to passing an interview: Be
early: arrive for an interview 15 minutes early. In any field of work,
punctuality is an important aspect in a potential candidate, as that is seen as
a sign of reliability.Dress
appropriately: this doesn’t mean you have to wear a 3-piece suit, however,
dress presentable. Wear neutral colors, ensure your clothes are clean, keep
jewelry to a minimum, smell good and ensure that your outfit is comfortable as
that will boost your confidence.Ensure
that your breath does not have a foul smell.Do
research about the company, know what they are all about so that you are
prepared for questions related to the company. Interviewers ask questions such
as, "What do you understand about our company?" because they are
testing whether or not you are interested in being part of the company.In
general, be prepared for a…