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Vumile Msweli, the phenomenal Women in Business
Vumile, like many other young women, was insecure and anxious about delving into business. Fast forward into the future she is now a career coach, emerging property mogul and influencer. We had a chat with her to find out what some of her successful habits are and what she thinks about the work-life-balance conundrum women battle with on a daily.
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8/8/2018 4:00 PMTake the leadBridget Maoko8/8/2018 4:00 PM
career coach, property mogul, women's month

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Vumile, like many other young women, was insecure and anxious about delving into business. Fast forward into the future she is now a career coach, emerging property mogul and influencer. We had a chat with her to find out what some of her successful habits are and what she thinks about the work-life-balance conundrum women battle with on a daily. This is what she had to say:



Tell us about your early days as a young woman in business. What was it like, and how is it different now that you are older?
Starting out in my career I, like many young people was insecure and anxious about delving into business. I was not clear about where I wanted to go, now as an adult and having have been in business for a few years I have greater clarity about my goals.

My desire is no longer just financial accumulation but making an impact in Africa as a whole. This is the reason why I am in the career coaching space and helping both graduates and executives navigate from the unknown to achieving their goals at an accelerated pace.  I want to leave a legacy that makes life easier for my continent for me having existed. I guess it is the natural ascension in Maslow's hierarchy.

In your interview with Iman Rappetti, you mentioned that you bought your first property while you were 22 years old. Most 22 year olds would opt for a car or something similar. Why property?
Growing up in a family where income generating assets were often encouraged to be acquired it came naturally for me to sacrifice the luxurious German cars in the short term in order to acquire an appreciating asset. I guess it also helps that I love property, so playing in that space gave me great joy.

Iceland has now made it illegal to pay men more than women in the workplace. Looking at South Africa now, how long do you think it will take us to have such laws implemented?
Ice-land has continued to be a forerunner in the women empowerment movement. I believe South Africa has gotten it right in the policy and legislative space of women empowerment.  This has not seemed to translate into the realms of corporate; civil and government. I am optimistically cautious that this will change but to speculate as to the exact date and if it will ever happen is difficult, but I remain hopeful that the day is coming soon for us here in South Africa.

Women like Arianna Huffington and Oprah Winfrey say 'work-life-balance' is an illusion. What is your take on it? Is it an illusion or something we should strive for especially as women who juggle a full time job and a household?
I believe the work-life-balance myth is a fallacy that has held us in bondage to an unattainable ideal. It leaves many women guilt ridden with not getting the balance right. I am an advocate for work life integration because there are different priorities at any given time and your focus and energy must shift accordingly. Also performing at a constant stress inducing pace isn't sustainable. But by integrating work and life the stress dissipates and allows for flexibility in approach and in achieving a healthier lifestyle.

What advice do you have for young South African women about succeeding in the corporate world?
It would be to design a career they love. It would be to purposefully identify what skills they want to learn, what exposure they would like to gain, and what kind of boss they would like to work for and where they want to see their career going. After identifying these, it is critical to then find a mentor who is experienced in the realm of corporate, a coach who is an expert in career advancement and a sponsor who can advocate for your growth in your organisation. This trio will help you achieve your corporate career goals.

Harvard University has a Positive Psychology class – the university's most popular class. You took a Happiness class as well. Do you think we have placed disproportionate value on attaining success and material over our own happiness and wellbeing?

I think we are constantly in a pursuit of happiness and wellbeing, our gravest error is to believe that material gain and financial success equates to the happiness we seek. This is not always the case. Happiness and joy are internal work and not always reflected in how our external circumstances look.

What are some of the successful habits you have adopted over time and apply every day?
I think for me vision boarding has been critical in aiding achieve goals I have set for myself. I look at my vision board every day and it gives me a great sense of focus as to what I have to do that day to achieve my life's vision. I am a big believer in centring yourself, so I spend my morning having my quiet time, setting my intention for the day and praying.

Vumile Msweli completed her matric at St. Mary's DSG with an A Average.
She holds a BCom Accounting Sciences from the University of Pretoria and a BCom: Financial Planning Honours from the University of Johannesburg. She has completed various postgraduate executive courses from GIBBS, New York University as well as Harvard and holds a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of London, currently doing her Doctorate in Applied Leadership and Coaching at Switzerland's University for Graduate Studies in Management.

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Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment company with over 3 decades of experience. Visit our website to learn more about us and how we can connect you to your next career move.

Data Driven Recruitment
The recruitment process is a data mine and when mined correctly it reveals information on whether or not a candidate will be a high performer the employee is looking for. Data-driven recruitment comprises of technologies and techniques used to analyse talent and identifying candidates with the best skills.
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7/31/2018 12:00 AMKnow the industryBridget Maoko7/31/2018 10:00 AM
Recruitment, data, process, insights

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The recruitment process is a data mine and when mined correctly it reveals information on whether or not a candidate will be a high performer the employee is looking for. Data-driven recruitment comprises of technologies and techniques used to analyse talent and identifying candidates with the best skills. It eliminates a lot of uncertainties within the recruiting process and saves recruiters from making decisions based only on a 'great resume.' Benefits of data driven recruiting include, but not limited to:


  • Narrowing down candidates to only those who fit a company's profile.
  • Gives competitive advantage with insight into competitive information, such salary and    benefits.
  • Insights into what motivates and engages staff.
    Fills positions quickly.
  • Reduces turnover.
  • Increase diversity with technology that supports impartial hiring.
  • Increases employee retentions.

Here is why companies should incorporate it in their recruiting strategy

Eliminates gut-feeling decisions
As human beings when making decisions, prejudice, gut-feeling unconscious bias and our frame of reference tend to influence our decisions. Data driven recruiting eliminates all of this and encourages more accurate hiring decisions.

Improves candidate experience
Analytics bring the factors that impact candidate experience to the forefront enabling recruiters to tell what is increasing or decreasing the chances of a candidate withdrawing from his or her application and creates strategies to decrease the odds of losing strong candidates.

It decreases the time it takes to hire
Hiring takes time and time as a recruiter, you want to map out your entire recruitment process and find out how long it takes to hire a person in a certain field and how long each step of the process takes. Once you have all that information you now have to look at improving the speed of hiring. The use of analytics enables you to know with confidence how long it is likely to take to hire for a certain role, including time in each stage of the hiring process.

This data-driven approach can also reveal the bottlenecks slowing down the hiring process and inform you of how to fix them.
Wouldn't it be great to provide more accurate hiring time estimates to stakeholders.

Any organisation that is not using data in their recruiting process are omitting it at their own peril. Hiring is costly and time-consuming so it is essential to make the process as quick, accurate and effective as possible. Using data and analytics to drive hiring processes may be in its early stages but it is expected to significantly in the years to come. It is important to note however, that harnessing this data is one thing and interpreting is another.

Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment company with over 3 decades. We build intelligence from our database and spend time on developing our networks so that we can deliver the best candidates the market has to offer. Visit our website to register your vacancies with us 

Engineering trends shaping the world
Engineering is evolving. Trends such as advanced robotics, additive manufacturing (3D printing) Industrial IoT, quantum computing and Big Bata are currently shaping its evolution.
Here are top 3 interesting trends we've observed which will continue to shape the engineering industry:
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7/13/2018 6:00 AMKnow the industryBridget Maoko7/3/2018 2:00 PM
Engineering, robotics, additive manufacturing, 3D printing,  Industrial IoT,

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Engineering is evolving. Trends such as advanced robotics, additive manufacturing (3D printing) Industrial IoT, quantum computing and Big Bata are currently shaping its evolution.

Here are top 3 interesting trends we've observed which will continue to shape the engineering industry:



Additive manufacturing 
Additive manufacturing (AM) is not a new technology trend, it's currently in the limelight for its limitless use. The implementation of AM technologies is growing rapidly and becoming more important as the world changes. Industries that have adopted its use are most notably in aerospace, defence, medical and the automotive sector.color.jpg

 

 










Some of the largest manufacturers in the world are investing heavily in this technology, which is leading to growth in demand for engineers and technologists who can develop new applications and integrate them with technologies in production environments. 

Sustainability
Our understanding of the environment and the negative impact of industrial activity raises concerns on how the industry should be designed and built, hence industrial sustainability. Industrial sustainability involves energy and resource conservation, emissions control, renewable energy systems and waste reduction.

All this requires engineering work to be performed by electrical engineers, environmental engineers, energy engineers et al. In fact it is estimated that the demand for environmental engineers is going to grow by 9% by 2021, and for environmental engineering technicians by 8%. Sustainability engineering work will continue to expand as it promotes savings in shipping and transportation costs, among other efficiencies.

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) brings together advanced machinery, analytics and people in the workplace. Airbus, a European aircraft manufacturer, integrates IIoT to its products. For example, a worker on the factory floor can use a tablet or smart glasses to assess a task and then send that information to a robotic tool that completes it. For engineers, this technology is changing the future trajectory of their careers as it is reliant on software and machine learning processes that enables efficient communications between the individual and devices.

The increasing use of this technology in any workplace will mean that the skills necessary to implement and maintain it will also evolve thus the work of engineers will change due to the rise of these technologies. Engineers with more knowledge in these areas will be important and in demand. Current engineers must prepare to transition in to future roles so when those opportunities arise, the transition is smooth.

Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment company with over 3 decades of experience. We connect great people in the Engineering, Finance, IT, Freight and Contracting industries throughout Africa and South Africa on a permanent or part-time basis.  Visit our website to find out how we can connect you to your next career opportunity. 

Why introverts make great a hire
When hiring, recruiters and hiring managers usually have an ideal candidate in mind and in most cases, that candidate embodies traits of an extrovert; social, friendly and outspoken. There is nothing wrong with this approach (depending on the role) but by default, this excludes the introvert employee who is usually reserved and quiet.
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7/6/2018 6:00 AMKnow the industryBridget Maoko6/28/2018 12:00 PM
introverts, hiring, extroverts, interviews

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Interviews are an integral part of the hiring process. However, the skills required to excel in an interview are not necessarily required to excel in a job. When hiring, recruiters and hiring managers usually have an ideal candidate in mind and in most cases, that candidate embodies traits of an extrovert; social, friendly and outspoken. There is nothing wrong with this approach (depending on the role) but by default, this excludes the introvert employee who is usually reserved and quiet. There is more to introverts than what meets the eye.

Before we share the reasons why introverts make a great hire, we will share tips on how to make provision for them in the hiring process.

Cater for them
Every company has a handful of introverts and it's in the best interest of the company to play to the strength of those introverts. For example asking introverts impromptu questions during an interview process may not bring out the best in them but an extrovert who is notorious for thinking on their feet may excel on those questions. The onus is then on you as the recruiter to cater for the introvert.

Introduce alternatives like asking them to write, assessing them on how well they can put together a meeting under pressure or do research and present their findings. This will work in your favour, as you will be able to see past a great interviewee and a great candidate suitable for the job. Bare in mind that an introverted employee does not have worse people skills than an extroverted one, and they can still be team player.

They make great employees and leaders
Of course depending on the industry and job. But research has proven that in fact, introverts make great leaders, they are focused, patient and have an open mind. Warren Buffett, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Steven Spielberg and Sir Isaac Newton to name a few are all introverts. Introverts are persistent, diligent and focused on work.

As an employer, find a way to incorporate them in your team. The very qualities that make them difficult to recruit are some of the same attributes that make them valuable, so create a work environment that welcomes employees of all walks of life.

Now, onto the crux of our the topic.

What makes them great hire?

  • Introverts tend to sit quietly at meetings, considering different points of view before forming their own opinions. When they finally do comment, they often add meaningful comments and balanced perspectives.
  • Introverts like to prepare for meetings and presentations, rather than "winging it.''
  • They tend to be reserved and exude a calm and steady presence. The ability to stay calm and measured in stressful circumstances is a great advantage.
  • They have a greater ability to listen to others and they are more inclined to nurture, coach and develop the people that work for them.
  • They are not easily distracted and can thrive without supervision.
  • They are not motivated by traditional rewards and contrary to popular believe, they make great rapport.
  • Introverts possess keen contemplative and analytical qualities that make them valuable team members

Employers tend to emphasise outspokenness and engaged interpersonal dynamics, because extroversion is the norm in the work place and culture but this way of sourcing talent to join your team can ostracise great talent that does not fall within those boxes.

We are a specialist recruitment company with over 3 decades of experience. We can help you source top talent, from passive to introvert. Visit our website to register your vacancy with us.

10 habits mentally strong people do
Most people know and understand that they have to exercise in order to be physically strong but what are they doing in order to be mentally strong?
Mental strength - as Wikipedia explains, its a measure of an individuals resilience and confidence that may predict success in sport, education and the workplace.
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6/29/2018 6:00 AMTake the leadBridget Maoko6/14/2018 4:00 PM
Mental strength, thoughts, emotions, behavior

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Most people know and understand that they have to exercise in order to be physically strong but what are they doing in order to be mentally strong?
Mental strength - as Wikipedia explains, its a measure of an individuals resilience and confidence that may predict success in sport, education and the workplace. Mental strength consists of thoughts, emotions and behavior. Becoming mentally strong involves regulating your very thoughts, managing your emotions and behaving productively. Mental strength is a choice and a discipline, not an innate quality bestowed upon the few.

If you are unsure of your mental strength, here are 10 traits of people who are mentally strong you can benchmark yourself against.

1. They are responsible for how their life unfolds
Mentally strong people believe their happiness and success is a by-product of their own thinking, beliefs, attitudes, character and behaviour.

2. They modify their unhealthy beliefs
Mentally strong people refuse to allow self-limiting beliefs to restrict their potential. They understand their minds can be their best asset or their worst enemy.

3. They are emotionally intelligent
Decades of research now point to EQ being the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. Cambridge Dictionary defines EQ as the ability to understand the way people feel, react and to use this skill to make good judgments in order to avoid or solve problems. EQ, unlike your IQ, which is fixed, is a flexible skill that you can improve with understanding and effort. EQ is the cornerstone of mentally strong person. 

4. They practice realistic optimism
Being a realistic optimist means that you are aware of challenges and understand that action needs to be taken in order to solve those challenges and you accept the situations that cannot be changed. Mentally strong people do not take pessimistic predictions laying down nor are they over confident, they are realistic optimists.

5. They know who they are
Knowing who you are is the greatest wisdom a human being can possess. Mentally strong people are at peace with who they are. They are aware of their limitations and strengths. They know their goals, what they love, their morals, needs, standards and what they will not tolerate.

6. They stay true to their values
Mentally strong people keep their priorities in line with their beliefs. They're courageous enough to live according to their values, even when it's not the popular choice.

7. They take care of their body
A healthy mind requires a healthy body. Mentally strong people understand that and strive to maintain a balanced lifestyle. They want to grow stronger and be the best version of their selves both mentally and physically.

8. They set healthy boundaries
Boundaries are all about honing in on your feelings and honoring them. Mentally strong people understand this and thus create healthy emotional and physical boundaries – which gives them room to grow.

9. They retain their personal power
 Mentally strong people do not give negative people power over them. They refuse to blame anyone for holding them back or dragging them down.

10. They practice gratitude
Counting their blessings instead of their burdens helps mentally strong people keep life in perspective.

Becoming mentally strong is a practice and there is no one right formula for it. It takes time, patience and willingness. Your mind is your greatest asset so take time to develop it.

Communicate Recruitment Connects Great People with Great Careers in Engineering, Finance, IT, Freight and Contracting throughout South Africa. Visit our website to find out how we can assistant you in finding your next job opportunity.

3 tech skills you should learn, even if you're not pursuing a career in tech
Being tech-savvy is no longer unique or reserved for specific people in specific roles. As an employee, regardless of your profession - you should be comfortable in using computers and technology in your everyday life. Being able to list basic tech and computer skills on your CV will make you even more attractive to potential employers.
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6/22/2018 6:00 AMDevelop your careerBridget Maoko5/31/2018 12:00 PM
tech-savvy, Coding, Data Analytics, Search engines, tech skills

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Being tech-savvy is no longer unique or reserved for specific people in specific roles. As an employee, regardless of your profession - you should be comfortable in using computers and technology in your everyday life. Being able to list basic tech and computer skills on your CV will make you even more attractive to potential employers.

Here are 3 tech skills we think you should learn:


Coding
Technology is no longer just for geeks. Every career and industry is becoming more tech-centric. In fact, all aspects of our lives are becoming more reliant on technology, making it pivotal to understand its basics, hence coding.

Code.org  says that coding is a literacy that is essential for understanding our increasingly computational world and that learning it makes humanity more productive, leading to an overall increase in economic productivity - which tends to result in higher standards of living. 

Technology is not a fad and there is no time like now to prepare for the future, and coding is your entry point to getting in there.

Data Analytics
Big data and data analytics have become major buzzwords because of the Internet of Things (IoT) playing a key role in most companies. Organisations will (if they do not already) expect most of their employees to have data analytics skills, some universities are even starting to offer IoT related courses. But you do not need a degree to understand Big Data Analytics and the Internet of Things.

A simple online course to become adept with IoT- analysis skills will suffice. The ability to analyse data and make informed recommendations to drive effective decision-making will turn you into an indispensable member of any team. So give yourself the edge and learn how to mine data now!

Search engines
Search engines are complex computer programs and are the main way in which we find secondary information on the web. According to Tech Republic, using a search engine is more than typing in the address, putting a couple of keywords into the text box, clicking search, and choosing the first result.

Search engines are not limited to text. You can search for graphics, sound, video and many other types of files. You first need to understand what you want to search for and use a search engine that is likely to yield the best results. For example: if you are searching for a job, then use a job search engine. If you are searching for an image, then use a visual search engine. Harness their power to your benefit.

There are plenty of tech skills you can learn, go ahead and learn them as they will future-proof your career.

Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment company with a nationwide footprint. Visit our website to learn more about us and how we can Connect you to Great Careers in Engineering, Finance, IT, Freight and Contracting.

Unconventional career advice
Have you ever looked back in your life and thought to yourself: why did I waste so much time worrying? Did I make the wrong career move? Why is my career not peeking? Well maybe it’s because you were young and did not know any better or no one ever really told you, so here’s advice that will make you feel better about your life and career choices as a young person.
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6/15/2018 6:00 AMDevelop your careerBridget Maoko5/25/2018 11:00 AM
career,  advice, job,

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Let's be honest, there's no shortage of career advice or advice about anything on the internet. You might even argue that you are awfully bombarded and you need a break from taking advice on the internet. But you're reading this so maybe this article will help. Have you ever looked back in your life and thought to yourself: why did I waste so much time worrying? Did I make the wrong career move? Why is my career not peeking? Why did I rush myself? Well maybe it's because you were young and did not know any better or no one ever really told you. So here's advice that will make you feel better about your life and career choices as a young person.

You are not your job!
There is no arguing that we have placed great emphasis on defining ourselves through our work. This is known as 'work-role-centrality' meaning your job is central to who you are. But truth is, you are more than your job and defining yourself with your role overlooks many parts of your identity. This is not to say your job is not important – it is. That's why you've worked so hard to get it and are working even harder to keep it but in the words of Chuck Palahniuk: 'you are not your job, you are not how much money you have in the bank, you are not the car you drive, you are not the contents of your wallet.' Realise you are more!

There is no right time. Just do it!
There is never going to be a right time or right moment to speak, share an idea, or take a chance on something. If you feel strongly about it gather your courage and just do it. This may sound easier said than done but take a chance on life. Be daring! Say yes to that promotion, only the hiring manager can say no. 

Ask stupid questions
It is often said that we must not take life too seriously, well, the same can be said about our careers. Do not take it too seriously. Understand that the growth of your career will not be linear, so do not be afraid to ask even the silliest of questions. Seek knowledge, be inquisitive. You will thank yourself once you have that gratifying answer!

Know when it is not for you and that's okay too.
While you work your way up in your career do not be afraid to do different things. This will allow you to find out what you like and do not like. As you switch jobs and tasks in-between you may discover that maybe you don't like numbers as much as you thought and prefer helping people or being in the field instead of the office for 8 hours. This discovery will help shape your career into something more meaningful to you and your overall life.

Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment company with a nationwide footprint. Visit our website today to learn how we can help you advance your career.

7 interesting benefits of hiring young people
Young people have the power to change the workplace with their innovative ideas and buoyant energy as compared to older people. In fact, having a mix of these two may be a great balance instead of leaning towards one end over the other.
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6/8/2018 6:00 AMKnow the industryBridget Maoko5/24/2018 1:00 PM
employer, young people, workplace, hiring

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As an employer, when you are deciding to recruit, it is important to consider the role and what it requires. For example, does it required extensive work experience or plain old good attitude and transferable skills to build on? This question becomes important if you are intending to hire young people who, in most cases do not have a wealth of experience to offer. There is however, more to young people than lack of experience and loyalty to the employer.

Young people have the power to change the workplace with their innovative ideas and buoyant energy as compared to older people. In fact, having a mix of these two may be a great balance instead of leaning towards one end over the other.


Here are reasons to help you consider hiring young people if you were ever in doubt about hiring them. 

Blank slates
Young people are a blank slates. They do not have habits from previous workplaces that are hard to break, giving you an opportunity as an employer to mould them into your ideal employees in a way that meets your business needs.

Insatiable desire to learn
Young employees have a learning mind set. They are used to learning and will continue learning. You want an employee who is always learning and growing in your business.

Cost effective
Hiring young employees might be less expensive than hiring older and more experienced employees.  That is because less experience usually equals lower starting salary.

They are super educated
Most young people (millennials) are educated. They have at least one degree. In fact, they may be the most educated generation to date. Wouldn't it be great to have a team of educated people in your business?

They are expressive
Younger people are not afraid to speak, this aspect of their personality can be useful in creative roles as they are better able to articulate their ideas with others in opinion based discussions. As an employer you can tap into this to generate new ideas for your business.

They value feedback
As human beings, we constantly need to be validated. This is especially true for younger people. This can be great in the workplace as they are likely to listen, take constructive criticism well, and use it to better themselves.

They are tech savvy
This generation has always been eager to adopt the newest gadget and technologies and the importance of having tech savvy employees in this century cannot be stressed enough. Your company could benefit greatly from employees who have a natural aptitude for technology.

The benefits are endless but come with their fair share of disadvantage. At the end of the day, it will depend on the role you are recruiting for and what attributes it requires in order to be best executed.

Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment company with over 3 decades of experience. We can match the right candidate to any vacancy in your business in Engineering, Finance, IT, Freight and Contracting. Click here to learn more.

So you just graduated, how much are you expecting to earn?
Getting a degree in South Africa is hard but earning a living is even harder. The reality is, you can have a degree and still end up unemployed or worse severely underpaid.
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6/1/2018 6:00 AMDevelop your careerBridget Maoko5/21/2018 10:00 AM
career, degree, job, graduate, salary, south africa

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Getting a degree in South Africa is hard but earning a living is even harder. The reality is, you can have a degree and still end up unemployed or worse severely underpaid. But what are the causes that lead graduates to being underpaid after securing their hard earned degrees? 

Let's find out:

It could be your tertiary institution of choice 


Yep, it's true! Not all tertiary institutions are created equal and your potential employer may judge you on that. Students from different institutions get different starting salaries. MyBroadband did a qualifications and salary survey and which revealed that graduates from the University of the Witwatersrand earn the highest average starting salaries, followed by graduates from the University of Cape Town, Rhodes University, and the University of Pretoria.
So maybe your tertiary institution of choice is to blame?  

Well, not everyone thinks so, including MD of Communicate Recruitment, Werner Saayman. He reckons this is not all accurate – although it is true, some universities do have a good reputation for degrees in certain faculties, for example UKZN for Accountants, Tuks for Doctors et al. He has personally never paid a premium for a graduate based on their university of study.

Here's an average of what graduate get paid depending on the tertiary institution they went to

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It could be your qualification
Data from Analytico, a data and earnings consultancy firm, shows that Engineering and Information Technology graduates can expect higher salaries than those from other fields. For example the average starting salary for a person with an Engineering or IT degree is R19,180 and a meagre R6,612 for Humanities graduates.

But not everyone who has an Engineering degree will get this much. Remember David Lekomanyane who graduated with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mining Engineering at the University of Johannesburg in 2015, he earning R2,000 because he did not have experience? It's a catch-22 faced for many graduates.

Here's an average of what graduates are paid depending on their qualification:

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Expectations problems
There is an incompatibility between qualifications and labour market skills required. (MacGregor, 2007) argues that there could be a problem regarding the expectations of companies and what graduates bring on the table and we all know that a company will not pay you any more than what they think you are worth.

However, our MD - Werner Saayman thinks that the challenge for most graduates is in applying the knowledge gained in tertiary at the workplace. A white paper from the University of North-West confirms this. It reckons most graduates are not prepared for the workplace regardless of having a tertiary qualification.

What you should do
A young South African who gets and keeps their first job for 12 months or more, has an 85% chance of being employed for the rest of their lives, this is according to the Development Bank of South Africa. So stick with that internship programme until the end and give it your best shot.

You need not change your career just because others seem to be making more money than you are. The last think you want is to waste 30 years in a career that you have no interest in just to earn a high salary that will eventually overprice you out of the market in relation to your peers.

Communicate Recruitment Connects Great People with Great Careers in Engineering, Finance, IT, Freight and Contracting throughout South Africa. Visit our website to find out how we can assistant you in finding your next job opportunity.

How to conquer your fear of changing jobs
Changing jobs is scary. When you change your job, you are also changing your identity, your income and livelihood. You are changing a core element of your life, so to some degree; it is acceptable to be a little rattled and uncertain about the decision.
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5/25/2018 6:00 AMTake the leadBridget Maoko5/3/2018 8:00 AM
Changing jobs, Fear, career

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Meet John! 

John is a Financial Manager. He has been working at his current company for 10 years. He feels undervalued, stagnant and wants to change jobs. John, like most people is scared his skills might be a little rusty so he is torn between staying at his current company and being courageous enough to take a new job.


Changing jobs is scary. When you change your job, you are also changing your identity, your income and livelihood. You are changing a core element of your life, so to some degree; it is acceptable to be a little rattled and uncertain about the decision. 


If you are caught between a rock and a hard place like John, then this article is for you. Here is why you are scared of changing jobs and how you can overcome your fear.  

Fear of the unknown
You might not call it fear but it is fear that is standing in your way of moving from your current job and starting over in a new company. This fear is coupled with your fear of NOT making a move, the fear of spending your life in a job you do not like and knowing that you are there because you are too afraid to change it will cripple you. But fear is not all bad. In its most basic form, it exists to protect your most prized possession: your livelihood. So how do you overcome it?

  • Use your intuition
    'Intuition is the journey from A to Z without stopping at any other letter along the way. It is knowing without knowing why.'' Intuition is always learning, and though it may occasionally send a signal that turns out to be less than urgent, everything it communicates is meaningful to you. Use your intuition to help you make a decision and do not override it with logic.

Generate good alternatives
South Africa's unemployment rate is sitting  at 26.7%  and making a conscious decision to resign from a stable job in a tough economy can be difficult, especially if there are no guarantees that your decision will lead to a 'better outcome.' In an effort to proof your decision, lay all your alternatives on the table. Explore the outcomes of resigning and thoroughly explore your decision to stay. Go with your most confident option, if you have the luxury of choice.

Think about the monetary value
Changing jobs a lot can raise eyebrows but staying in one place for long is a recipe for a minute income!  Job hopping has proven to boost salaries. Nomura, a financial services group confirms that switching jobs can give you a bigger pay bump than staying with your current employer and waiting for an annual increase. In fact, it has been proven that people who change jobs every 3 to 5 years earn more than those who seldom do. So think more money and all the great things you will do with it.

Get help from outside
If you are still undecided, get external help.  Sometimes, making a decision as complex as this can be overwhelming and getting someone to help you think can be eye opening. Engage your friends and family in order to improve the quality of your decision. If that is not enough then work with a reputable recruitment company like Communicate Recruitment.

Recruitment companies are committed to making sure that candidates like John achieve their career goals and will help them throughout the process, for free. In all our branches, we have specialist consultants that will help you think about your overall career path and how to get there. The final decision will always rest with you. Ask yourself what takes precedence – the thought of being unhappy at your current job or the thought of a job unknown.

Visit our website to learn how we can help you in your next career move.  

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