Careers

A career is defined as the ongoing process to learn new skills and knowledge and apply this learning in a business context in order to make a unique contribution through work. It includes education, training, volunteering, paid and unpaid work.

The desire to achieve success and satisfaction at work has motivated people to take responsibility for their own learning and personal development. The dynamics have changed and life long learning has become an integral part of working life, according to education.vic.gov.au.

To get your interviewer's attention you need to go beyond the ordinary and give them a reason to hire to you. How do you do that? With attitude.

Your career development process will call for some introspection and rejuvenation. If you are looking to raise your career to new heights, read on. 

Sometimes, getting your qualification is the easiest part of becoming an adult. Having a qualification behind your name isn’t always going to get you the job.

The idea that you only pursue an education when you are young is no longer realistic according to Susan Lund, a partner at the Marketing Global Institute.

Even if you have a matric certificate, a qualification and experience. jobs in South Africa are hard to come by. So what do we need to do in order to stand a chance of being employed, and then keeping the job? 

A professional woman looking at her computer screen and working on her cover letter

Almost thirty years ago Durban-based Michelene Locke gave up her four-year career as a teacher to enter the world of manufacturing. Today she is the head of marketing and sales at ITB Plastics, and she doesn’t regret a thing.

In a crowded marketplace, with thousands of applicants vying for a limited number of vacancies, candidates should do more than simply submit their CVs in response to advertised positions. Instead, they should proactively use social media to make them stand out from the crowd and to catch the eyes of potential employers, experts say.

 

Doing well at work is not about sucking up the managers or even the “big bosses”.

Recent studies have highlighted the negative impact of Impostor Syndrome on young graduates transitioning to the workplace.

Today it is imperative that professionals continue to learn and develop their skills throughout their career.

For most of us, looking for a job takes so much time, commitment, effort and energy that it becomes a job in itself! Hopefully more of a short term one that results in obtaining something with long term prospects.

Do you want to know where the money is? Check out the five highest paying jobs in South Africa.

The nature of the workplace changes fast, and your CV needs to keep up with the pace. Here are a few tips for ensuring that your CV always remains top of the pile.

In South Africa’s competitive job market, presenting a well-written CV is not only sensible, but shrewd.

Trying to find the perfect career isn’t always as simple as wanting to be a doctor as a child and then becoming one later on as an adult.

Retrenchment is a reality that many businesses are facing. With the ever-changing economic conditions, it’s almost impossible to foresee a crisis lurking around the door.

Are you wondering if your job is secure? Here are the top 8 positions that every company will need to fill by 2020.

Who needs a top job as a senior manager or executive? Why bother? It’s only an annual salary of R1,5 million or more. If they want you, they’ll see your potential. Just rock up for the interview. You’ll be fine.

Making the change from student life to office life can be a daunting prospect. As a student, you have very different skills to those that are needed in office life, and knowing what those are can be difficult.

Despite the usual connotations around job interviews, not every answer in an interview has to be a grand monologue.

You’ve secured a solid job, so there’s no longer any real reason to work on your skills development, right? Wrong! If you want to progress in your career, or simply stay relevant in your current job, then skills development should always be front of mind!

Is it possible to get hired without having the relevant work experience? According to Linda Raynier it's all about selling your personal brand.

The best kind of employees are the ones that take their career growth into their own hands. These employees realize that they need to take the next step to grow themselves, their skill sets and to improve thier earnings through the value they bring to the company.

While they can be intimidating and overwhelming, job interviews should not be seen, or treated as, a one-way street. While it is your chance to make a good first impression as a candidate, it should also be seen as your chance to find out more about the position and the organisation.

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