The modern workplace is constantly evolving, and the skills and expertise required to navigate that landscape also seem to change by the day. The job market is filled with stiff competition, and many recent graduates have a hard time adjusting to the shift from student to employee. Theory can only take you so far — practical work experience is an invaluable source of development.
This brings up a dilemma most recent graduates have to encounter. Recruiters and hiring managers want candidates with experience. But sometimes it seems like you need experience to gain experience. Most employers are looking for employees with a work history, leaving job seekers with no experience at the bottom of the ladder.
Surf School of Shine understands the importance of internships, which is why they hosted a career confidence workshop in Diepkloof, Soweto.
More than 400 unemployed youths took part in the workshop, which was held on 15 July to celebrate World Youth Skills Day. Career coaches and experts gave insight into a wide range of topics, including career planning, interview tips and financial planning. All the topics covered are available for free on the Surf School of Shine website.
Wendy Mtshali, a job seeker from Olievenhoutbosch in Centurion, Tshwane recently won a competition from Surf School of Shine. Her prize? The opportunity to intern at one of the biggest urban youth radio stations in the country. Wendy will spend time in studio with presenter Nia Brown and co-host and producer Mthaux on the Nia Brown Shakedown. Wendy will spend two days shadowing the presenters and technical team and will have the opportunity to see broadcasting in action.
The benefits of internships are numerous: you gain experience, learn the soft skills needed to thrive in a workplace and learn from more experienced people. According to data released by Statistics South Africa, the youth unemployment rate is 55.2%. With more than half of the country’s young people unemployed, jobseekers would be wise to get any competitive edge they can. Surf believes everyone has something to offer a workplace. Surf School of Shine equips jobseekers with the tools they need to shine bright throughout the job seeking process.