Skills

How to use volunteering to boost your employability

The catch-22 position that many young people find themselves in – they need experience to get work, but need work to get the experience – can be alleviated through volunteering “Volunteering is a great way to learn workplace skills and give back at the same time. You’ll be working alongside industry professionals and building social capital that can help you

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How to be an effective Mentor

Mentorship programmes are a good way to develop talent and use the technical expertise available in the organisation; however, the programmes are only as good as the mentors “Mentoring is the opportunity for leaders to provide support and insights to help less-experienced individuals to grow and develop in their careers. The beauty of a mentorship relationships is when reverse-mentoring happens

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How to build resilience in the gig economy

reelance work has always been uncertain, but the pandemic has made it even more so Psychologist and executive coach Alan Ahlfeldt, who was part of a South African Freelancers’ Association workshop, says: “The vulnerability of freelancers is huge, which leads to people putting undue pressure on themselves.” He advises: Freelancers have autonomy but little certainty, which means adaptability, is crucial

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How to benefit from lifelong learning

Companies that employ lifelong learners have the edge in a constantly changing environment “Lifelong learners will be the most important assets of tomorrow’s most successful businesses, helping them to grow and innovate at a time of rapid and constant change… BUT there is a shared responsibility between employers and employees while you can create an enabling environment and deliver the

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How to land your Dream Job

Sell yourself with the three A’s: Beth Hendler-Grunt the president of the career counselling firm Next Great Step, teaches young applicants what she calls the three A’s to prepare for a casual meeting or a formal interview. The first A is for the Actions you want the person you’re meeting with to take, such as referring you to a hiring

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