Ambition is the first step towards a brighter future, both for South Africa’s youth and the economy to which they will ultimately contribute. Without a meaningful plan of action towards reaching these ambitions, they are in danger of remaining unfulfilled dreams. This Youth Month, one company is reaching out to the youth with advice and bursaries to help them build their careers to meet and exceed their aspirations.
“Young South Africans, in particular those who have post-school education, often cherish the belief that they are destined for success. While self-belief and ambition are important aspects of preparing for the future, career success requires planning and effort to make these dreams a reality,” says Nomfundo Mcilongo, Rand Mutual’s (RMA) general manager of sales and marketing.
“We want to help South Africa’s youth to develop their understanding of what they have to offer prospective employers and market themselves accordingly. We are hosting a Career Day in Sandton, Johannesburg, where we will assist youth to answer the question ‘How do I build my career?’ with the intention of helping young people to reach their potential – which will ultimately benefit South Africa’s economic development in the years to come,” she explains.
RMA’s free Career Day workshop will be held on Saturday, 24 June, at the Hilton Hotel, 138 Rivonia Road, Sandton. Only 50 delegates can be accommodated and, as applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, young people are encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible by following the link on the company Facebook page and completing the online form ( http://bit.ly/2tjuu44 ). The cut off date for applications is 20 June 2017.
To qualify, applicants must be between the ages of 19 and 25. Areas covered in the workshop will include what companies are looking for when employing staff, how to craft a curriculum vitae that stands out from the rest and even how to build a professional brand. Thereafter, delegates will be able to network with various professionals for personalised advice.
“In the session, we will be sharing information and insights to help equip delegates for the highly competitive job market. It is hoped that the seeds sown in this session will help to bridge unemployment, not only for this generation but the jobs that they, in turn, will create in the course of their future careers. It also presents a wonderful opportunity for RMA to connect with young talent who are passionate about the provision of excellent care for our nation’s workers. This is the second installment for us and we are proud to report that just about 10% of the delegates who attended last year, are now gainfully employed,” Mcilongo adds.
“We are also offering a number of bursaries, and applications for these opportunities will be open from 1 July. Keep an eye on RMA’s website and social media pages for more details.
“The overall message we hope to impress on South Africa’s young people this Youth Month is that there are opportunities available for those who are passionate, professional and hard working. We at RMA are passionate about assisting the youth entering the job market to be in the best possible position to take advantage of opportunities when they arise,” Mcilongo concluded.