May 23
Private sector wants to play a bigger role in higher education

Article by Jacques Coetzee - Mail and Guardian

Every year, the country’s universities are bombarded with students who want a higher education, but there is not enough space.

South Africa has just over one million students in the higher education system, yet the country has a participation rate of below 20%. Public higher education doesn’t have the resources to absorb the numbers and the technological changes the future brings.

Over 100 000 of the million students are in private tertiary education. A white paper for post-school education and training, released by the department of higher education in 2013, estimates that private technical and vocational education as well as training and higher education institutions will have half-a-million students enrolled by 2030. 

“The rest of the world has realised that private higher education and public higher education must work closer together,” says IIE MSA (formerly Monash South Africa) president Professor Alwyn Louw.

“Internationally, governments don’t have enough money to accommodate the big drive. They accept the fact that private capital will have to extend the capacity of the system.”

In assisting the public’s demand for relevant skills, IIE MSA, which was recently acquired by the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed private education group ADvTECH, currently has about 4 000 students enrolled and plans to fill up its campus capacity of over 6 500 within the next few years.

“The infrastructures that ADvTECH has can help spread IIE MSA’s services much wider across the country and into the rest of Southern Africa,” says Louw.

Private education groups have gained in popularity over the last few years. The acquisition will bring ADvTECH’s tertiary student complement to more than 40 000 full-time and 30 000 long-distance students.

In terms of business, private education is growing more attractive as well.

In March, ADvTECH reported a 14% increase in operating profit to R725-million for the year ended December 2018. Of the group’s revenue, R1.7-billion or 39% came from its tertiary education institutions. Last year, ADvTECH’s private education counterpart Curro reported a 22% rise in revenue, to R2 billion for the year ended December 2017. The group — which owns 59 campuses and 138 schools — cumulatively teach over 50 000 students.

Louw similarly believes that as private education institutions grow in popularity, there needs to be more coordination from the government regarding the national curriculum, especially in addressing the skills gap between secondary and tertiary schooling.

“Students come into higher education, and they’re not well prepared, which forces us to provide additional services to help them,” he says, adding that the biggest challenge is mostly accommodating poor maths and English.

Louw, who will be speaking at the annual Education Innovation Summit, adds that IIE MSA’s curriculum prepares its students for the future.

“Technology at all stages will remain an enabler. We should focus on how we optimise the new benefits of this revolution,” Louw says, adding that South African students increasingly require new ways of thinking.

IIE MSA boasts being the first private institution on the continent to have introduced engineering into its curriculum. Since it was introduced last year, it has enrolled between 70 and 80 students. Other subjects, which Louw believes are geared to accommodate the skills of the future, include resource management and innovation studies.

The institution doesn’t receive any subsidies, the economy and affordability are key hurdles for the organisation’s development. But Louw believes that the sector will be able to overcome these challenges with the aid of technology.

“Institutions in the private education sector focus on a more direct entrepreneurial approach. We’re able to act faster and implement new technology faster,” Louw says. “This is where the world is going. The idea of openness has become an ideology around the world.”

*Professor Alwyn Louw will be speaking at the annual Education Innovation Summit on Friday which the Mail & Guardian is the media partner. IIE MSA is formerly known as Monash South Africa. 

May 22
5 Ways To Help Your Child Make The Leap From Primary To High School

Most Grade 7s should be mentally preparing themselves for the next milestone on their academic journey - high school. The transition from primary to high school is one not to be taken lightly. It’s an arduous road, one that requires input from you and your child.

Lucky for you, there’s still time to steer them in the right direction, and make positive changes. Here’s how:

Attend PTA meetings

Children tend to do better in school when supported academically by their parents. It also means you’re taking a more hands-on approach to their school work by actively becoming more involved.

Set goals

“One of the best techniques for preparing for the school year and also maintaining good performance is goal setting,” says Hein Hofmeyr, a clinical psychologist at Akeso Nelspruit.

Be realistic

Once you’ve narrowed down your options for high school applications, do your research thoroughly. Most schools have different admissions policies, and sometimes your child’s academic results may not be in line with the school’s expectations.

Support homework expectations

“Every young person differs when it comes to attention and dedication to studies, homework and exam preparation,” explains Clare Pretorius, senior deputy principal at
Trinityhouse High Randpark Ridge.

Use technology for the greater good

The internet is filled with digital productivity tools that can help to give young people an edge, notes Dr Corrin Varady, the chief executive of IDEA Digital Education.

May 22
Manage a mid-exam meltdown with these useful tips
Pupils will soon be making their way to classrooms for the second term examinations and some will find themselves in a terrifying situation where they hit that dreaded blank – an inability to recall information despite months of solid preparation and dedicated study.

“Writing an exam can be a very stressful experience for many pupils, even when they were diligent in their revision,” said Dr Gillian Mooney of the Independent Institute of Education.

Teachers and parents should, as their final act of support before pen is put to paper, empower pupils to know what to do should they be confronted with a mental void when they receive their papers.

Mooney explained that the clinical logistics of the exam environment can be unfamiliar and daunting.

“The environment is often a formal one, with rules about where to sit, what you can do, and what you can have with you. It is quite normal to experience exam nerves in an examination venue. However, sometimes pupils can become so overwhelmed that they cannot remember the material that they have spent many hours reviewing. This can lead them to feel even more panicked and stressed,” she said.

To avoid runaway nerves, pupils should do the following in the minutes before the clock starts:

Firstly, when you receive the paper, carefully read through all the instructions and every page of the paper. Then re-read all the instructions.

This will give you a sense of what is expected of you. Remind yourself that even if you do forget some details, it is unlikely that you will completely forget everything.

Then, while reading through the paper, mark all the questions that you can answer. Start with these questions first. That will give you some confidence and allow your mind some time to process, as well as to start accumulating some marks for the paper.

If, despite approaching a paper in this manner, a pupil still feels overwhelmed, Mooney advises them to take the following steps in order to gain their equilibrium and confidence:

Don’t panic: If you feel panicked, take long, slow and deep breaths. Doing this will calm you physically. Getting the physical panic under control is an important step in calming your mind.

Calm down: Once you have calmed your body, it is time to calm your mind. Give yourself a mental pep-talk by repeating to yourself, “I am calm. I have worked hard. I know my work”. You can also give yourself this pep-talk while you are taking deep breaths.

Get back to business: Once you are feeling a bit calmer go back to the questions that you believed that you could not answer. Try to jot down anything and everything that you can remember about the material. You can always cross this out to indicate that it should not be marked.

Visualise: If you cannot remember any of the material, try to use some memory tricks to assist you. For example, try to visualise sitting in class when the material was covered, or try to picture yourself in your study area with your notes in front of you. Often thinking about the context of the material can help you to remember it.

Reconstruct your memories: If you are able to jot down notes about the material, review these notes and see how the information that you have remembered relates to the question. Try to reformulate your notes into a response to the question that was given to you.

Remember the big picture: Keep in mind that what you are usually marked on is your ability to answer the question. In the worst case scenario, where you cannot remember a single piece of information from your course material, simply try to answer the question from a common sense perspective. You may find that you do actually know quite a bit about the question and may be awarded some marks for your general knowledge. Doing this may also prompt you to remember the course material.

May 22
Vega Through Time, Space and Place

A Vega Blog - by Alexa Farina - Senior Navigator, Vega School

21 years could be described as double the life expectancy of your average dog, or rather, and more optimistically 21 could equate to the human years of a three year old dog. I have here made use of the most commonly applied and overly simplified mathematical equation to convert from human to canine years by simply multiplying the age by seven (3 x 7 = 21). There are, however, numerous far more accurate equations available online for other pseudo-science fanatics.

21 years is half of my documented age and strangely enough double what I suspect the age of my life skills to be. Tax, house work, grocery shopping and social etiquette skills still evade me to this day. Coincidentally, my heartfelt age of ten and a half is exactly one year more than my Vega lifespan and half of Vega’s total life span to date. Vega School, you see, has come of age - Vega has turned 21!

Time is an opaque, murky mix of a concept, a black hole swirling with numerical, metaphysical and subjective contradictions. I am unsure of what 21 years of existence actually means, feeling regretfully ill-equipped to visualise 21 years as an abstract scientific concept and completely unable to comprehend, define or fix the bodily perception attached to 21 years of passing time. Time, is a straightforward measurable unit and simultaneously an incomprehensible metaphysical concept – an uncountable entity, like milk, water and sky. As layered in meaning and difficult to grasp as the related concepts of space and place.

The concept of place can be defined simply as a point on a map, a specific geographic location that can be differentiated with certainty from the surrounding space. Similarly, time is the logical, seemingly absolute system used on a daily basis to order, measure and explain the past, present and future happenings of life. However, on further inspection it becomes uncomfortably apparent that place, space and time, are as complex and layered in meaning as they are simple.

The never ending complexity of space, place and time, are at once everything and nothing at all. Forming the fabric and substance of our very existence yet the reason I can’t define existence from incomprehensible nothingness. Time ensures that each nanosecond of existence in place dissolves instantaneously into the perpetual nothingness of space.

Despite my metaphysical leanings, I do acknowledge and accept time as a logical, linear system used to measure and explain the motion of sequential events. Units of time, after all, are not derived on a social whim but are rather built on astute human observation and rational inquiry. Linked with logic to planetary pathways and recurrent mechanisms of the natural world.

1 year equals to approximately 365.25 days, for matters of convenience we measure a day as one unit of a calendar year. A calendar, a tool to aid in and ensure cognitive dissonance is obtained, the tactility of paper, a pretty picture and a defined block in which to create order with a ball point pen is surely a cleverly crafted cognitive distraction. An embodiment of time to protect us from any unsettling, intrusive thoughts of our fleeting transience in outer space.

Earth takes approximately 365 days to travel around the Sun. The Moon takes 24 hours to circle the Earth. This strange and interesting thought brings new meaning to the ignored, outdated calendar on my desk. It would appear that my 2018 calendar, sadly, never got flipped past April – the month of Autumn. Life would become monotonous here, if Earth failed to tilt this way and that, ensuring the timeliness of admittedly mild (South African) seasonal changes.

I have lived through 168 seasons in my life, not all of them mild, as not all were spent at this geographic location. Vega has experienced 84 mild seasonal changes while orbiting the sun - a remarkable 21 times! Gaining steadily in matter, mass and size with each revolution completed. Reaching notable points of necessary division to enable further expansion, all the while maintaining perfect balance, speed and velocity. As a side note - I believe, that in order for cell division to occur, even just once, conditions need to function at a premium for an extended period of time.

Maintaining conditions suitable for division and growth, while orbiting a burning sphere in outer space, attached precariously to the surface of the Earth is a most impressive feat in and of itself. Add to this the fact that the geographical point of earthly attachment is a place notoriously marked by instability, economic struggle and social disgrace and the gravitas of the achievement becomes apparent.

It is this rare continuance of Vega space, maintaining growth in defined place, that has afforded me a favourable personal chance. An unexpected opportunity to explore my subjective perception of both time and space in the context of a dynamic, familiar geographical place.

My subjective experience of time is that it is without logic, born only of emotion and shaped by the intensity thereof. The time I know, is an uncountable entity, a malevolent and malleable shape shifter. My time flows like water and spreads like fire, it is not linear or countable like the bricks that make a wall and then a house. It is in the habit of slowing down and stretching endlessly out before me. This it chooses to do when life becomes dull, a difficult struggle or simply not much fun. My time is a trickster, a narcissistic joker, fond of accelerating in speed when life is good, when I am happy or finding meaning in the flow. My time is that controlling, sadistic best friend that I wish I never had.

My time made my school career last 50 years, University rushed by me in just under a day, and then, my first job hit me with another 50 and some years. During what was actually only a single calendar year, my time held me captive in a small and conforming cage. I was sad, unmotivated and trapped, in this way, for an uncountable dragged out eternity spanning over 50 years.

It was my own fault really, I was bored by the job, uninspired by the space and suffocating in the stench of my own insecure pretence. An ill fit to say the least. I sat like a lady, dressed like a professional and tried to appear on top of my game. I spoke calmly with maturity in a polite and obedient way, minimising interests that could be considered obscure, strange or bizarre. I strived to be stock standard, a multitasker and a speed reader, efficiently mediocre in every way. I read into the expressions of co-workers, searching and scanning their faces for a hidden sign that I had been seen. Identified as Freak - one incapable of living the suburban dream.

If this was adult life, I just couldn’t do it. I decided instead to escape. I could no longer keep up my futile attempts to belong in a repressive heteronormative space. A space where I was expected to fit and feel completely in my given place.

I moved to Asia for six years (real time – not my time). I found a life free of suffocating expectation, a place where I could feel less and be more. I floated alone in undefined, gentle, never ending liminal space. Bound neither to person nor place. Time, regained its motion. Interrupted only on occasion by a familiar nagging voice, a hot mouthy whisper that asked “what is your purpose?”.

The voice would return with Christmas, making loud accusations about emptiness, wasted time, neglected family and lost vocational purpose. I shared my hidden whisper with a close friend. As luck would have it my friend had a friend, a non-conformist by nature, who worked at a school named Vega. Vega she said was a forward thinking space that offered a place for the creative, uncaged and gender free to authentically be.

I listened to my gut and the chaos parted way to reveal my own clear celestial pathway. I found myself sitting on a red Vega sofa. Awe struck and motionless, I stared at the two, asking interview questions opposite me. Intelligent and inspirational women – this was the place I desperately needed to be.

Nine and a half years later and I am still spinning around the sun with Vega. My grounded continuation in place I attribute to the never static nor dull Vega space. A visionary space reflective of its founders. A space not shackled by the limitations of geographic place nor the flawed confines of linear time. What the founders envisioned was ahead of its time, a forward thinking liminal space to awaken young minds.

Vega now mature, sits self-affirmed and secure on the number 21. Conditions are good and Vega is bursting – waiting again to divide and expand. The journey now unstoppable, continuous and strong. A rare continuance of creative, free thinking Vega space has offered me an unexpected personal opportunity to prosper in place. I have been given a freak chance, thrown a bone. An accepting, forward thinking space to be never bored nor alone. My whisper has been successfully silenced. However, life is never perfect and a pest of a problem remains. My sadistic friend time has moved in a little closer. Inspired, I think, by my fortunate find. My time has sped up, faster and faster. My beautiful big dog will turn 10 next March. This makes my big dog 70 dog years in advance. And that, fellow travellers, for a dog, unlike for an educational institution, is definitely sitting on the wrong side of 21.

May 21
SENS Announcement

ADvTECH Limited

(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)

(Registration number 1990/001119/06)

Share code: ADH ISIN: ZAE000031035

("ADvTECH" or "the Company")



In accordance with section 122(3)(b) of the Companies Act No. 71 of 2008 as amended and paragraph 3.83(b) of the Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited, shareholders are hereby advised that ADvTECH has received formal notification in the prescribed form that the collective interest in the securities of the Company held by the Coronation Group on behalf of its Clients, has increased such that its total interest in the securities of ADvTECH collectively has increased from 19.12% to 20.19% of the total issued securities of that class in the ordinary share capital of the Company.



21 May 2019

Sponsor: Bridge Capital Advisors Proprietary Limited.

May 21
Make the best university choice
It is essential that learners intending to study next year attend as many open days as possible to ensure they make an informed study choice, but more than that, they need to go with a strategy in hand to ensure they look beneath the surface to understand what their likely experience may be at a particular institution or campus.

“This is a very exciting time for matrics, who for the first time will be able to get some real-life insights about life on campus and what their future might be like in coming years after school,” said Wonga Ntshinga, Senior Head of Programme: Faculty of ICT at The Independent Institute of Education.

“So we advise Grade 12s to determine without delay when various institutions will be hosting open days and then make the effort to attend as many as possible.”

There are many benefits to attending an open day, including:

  • To get greater clarity on an institution’s offering.
  • To visit different faculties at an institution.
  • To speak to representatives of the institution who will be able to help you determine which qualification is a good fit if you are still uncertain.
  • To get a feeling of life on a specific campus.
  • To weigh up the offering of different institutions.

But, he said, there is one thing that prospective students must remember when attending open days, and that is to keep a level head and not get too starry-eyed by the fanfare of the day.

“Open days are the perfect opportunity to get first-hand experience of a campus and its students, staff and academics. But the first rule of open day is to remember that open day might not be representative of every other day. Universities put their best foot forward to impress and attract future students, but you have to be savvy and ask the right questions, as well as make the observations that will help you with this major decision.”

Look at the campus grounds, visit the library and the IT lab, note the condition of sports facilities, lecture rooms and even the toilets. If, for instance, an institution’s restrooms are questionable on an open day, chances are that they will be the same or worse during the rest of the year.

“If lecture rooms and the general environment look tired, dilapidated and unkept on this day, it is unlikely they will look better any other day of the year.”

If you get a good feeling about what you observe on campus, the open day then presents an opportunity to ask the important questions of university representatives, to gauge whether your degree will help you make a smooth transition to the workplace post-graduation.

To make that determination, learners should ask the following:

  • Work-readiness: How much practical, work-integrated experience is incorporated into the curriculum? Any good institution, whether public university or private, must have adequate practical learning integrated into the curriculum, and not focus purely on academics.
  • Industry-relevance: Is there close co-operation between the faculty and lecturers, and is current industry practice reflected in the curriculum? Employers look for graduates who they know will be able to make a contribution from the first day on the job, which is why they recruit at those institutions that best prepare students for the real world of work.
  • Student support: What can you expect in terms of support, administratively, academically and post-qualification? Good institutions will have excellent student support from before you sign up until after you graduate, and this support can make a real difference in your higher education experience as well as your career.
“Doing your groundwork by identifying and attending open days at institutions you’ve been considering, as well as others you may not yet have considered but which  may well turn out to be the right fit, will make a huge contribution to your ability to evaluate your options properly,” Ntshinga said.

Additionally, you may be exposed to opportunities and qualifications you have not considered before, and which may resonate with you.

Open days are essential to making the best choice for your aspirations and provide insights that desktop research rarely does, so make the best of this limited window of opportunity.

May 17
The Sky is your limit - Celebrity Chef for Nelly Dube 2018 Capsicum Alumni
“The sky is your limit”- Nelly Dube, 2018 Capsicum Alumni 

Making waves in the culinary industry in South Africa, Celebrity Chef Nelly Dube says the opportunities in the culinary field are endless. 

Having appeared on popular radio and TV shows, including Metro FM and SABC’s Morning Live, the talented chef chose to follow her passion and open her very own culinary event company – Nelz Cuisine. 

We sat down with the 2018 #CapsicumRosebank alumni to find out more about her culinary journey.  

What do you currently do? 
I run my own private chefing company called Nelz Cuizine (Pty)Ltd, which mostly focuses on celebrity chefing, and all kind of culinary events such as baby lunches, conferences, social clubs, bridal showers, private parties and many more
How has your culinary journey been thus far? Please tell us a little about it. 
My culinary journey hasn’t been easy but very meaningful and interesting. I got to learn a lot of things and experiment with a lot of things. I learnt to be open minded and do a lot of research about food across different parts of the world. And share my experiences with different people. I also learnt to create my own recipes. 

What credentials did you earn through your culinary studies?
I worked in the different Industries from hotel, wedding venue, and my own campus Capsicum Culinary Studio. I also achieved phenomenal results in all my tests no re-writes were done in all my test and I achieved 80 % to 100% in my assignments. Commitment is key. I also wrote my City & Guilds exams once and passed. 

What was your journey through Capsicum Culinary Studio like? 
It was fun especially Fridays. I learnt a lot from Capsicum Culinary Studio that is why in all my radio, SABC, magazine, Newspaper interviews I’ve done I take pride in mentioning Capsicum - the Chefs were professional and very diligent in our practical classes - hygiene is key!

What did you like best about the education experience? 
The support I received from the principal and Chef Ewan Johnston and having to learn about kitchen ethics and safety in catering not to mention the French cuisine dishes we cooked… They were Delish!

How did Capsicum ready you for industry?
We were briefed that Industry was never going to be easy, we were allowed to choose our preferred Industry of our choice. In a nutshell proper briefing was explained to us to be prepared.

Is there a chef you admire the most? Who and why?
Yes, Chef Ewan Johnston, He was patient with me and I just found it to be fun to be in his class. He’s a people’s person. 

What is your favourite cuisine? 
Italian and French

How many different types of cuisine are you capable of producing?
French, Italian, British, African, Mediterranean 

What is your favourite cuisine to cook?
Italian, French

What do you do to stay current on new trends? 
I look at documentaries if I’m not working from chefs such as, Hairy bikers boys, Ainsley, Jamie Oliver, Sammy & Bella’s kitchen rescue, The final table, Chefs Table, Avec Eric, Lords and Ladles etc I also read a lot to see new trends magazines, visits Restaurants, experiment at home as well etc there’s many many different ways, after all I this Industry you learn something new daily.

Describe two or three of the most interesting industry trends
Plating and contract of the colours of your dish, the food shouldn’t just taste good it should look good too learning how to assemble your dish when you done and very crucial make sure you season you food well

What would be your advice to students who are currently studying towards becoming a Chef? 
The biggest advice I would give is prepare yourself while you still studying which direction you would like to take in this Industry after all its a massive Industry with endless opportunities the sky is your limit. You need to know which direction you heading to e.g Celebrity Chef, food Stylist, Food editor, Chef De Cuisine, Sous Chef, Lecturer etc it simplifies things when you have graduated.

May 17
How to push through as a working mom and student
While fulfilling the role of a parent is certainly a blessing, for many working parents who wish to advance their career, studying further is a challenging option. Providing for your family’s needs, both emotional and financial, takes its toll and can leave little time for your personal growth.

Being a working mother is demanding, as you often need to balance family responsibilities, and work commitments. If you’re ambitious, this includes studying. However, many working professionals are managing all three roles very successfully!

More and more institutions offer online studies that are flexible and adapted to the modern fast-paced way of life. Institutions of Higher Learning realise further studies can be difficult and overwhelming at times and IIE MSA, a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), is here to assist you to shape your future.

There are many reasons parents may wish to go back to school themselves, to complete the education or degree they weren’t able to previously, to get that step up the career ladder or possibly to shift their career entirely!

Whatever their reasons might be, many parents find themselves looking into obtaining their tertiary qualifications well into adult life.

These are some considerations and tips from IIE MSA for studying as a working mother:

Make sure that you are ready and have evaluated whether you can balance both working and studying before you register, as that greatly impacts your ability to successfully complete the chosen qualification or course.

Have a discussion with your employer regarding your study plans, so that they can factor your study leave in and ensure that you work smart, in order to complete all your tasks before going on study leave.

Meet and engage with your lecturers to better understand your course requirements and expectations so you can plan for family time without overlapping exam time

Have a plan of action and create a timetable that you will follow. Plan ahead and stick to your plan, as this will help ensure that you stay on top of all your course materials and workload.

Take a break from studying for your own sanity and have some fun spending time with your children, this will ensure you don’t feel as if you’re missing out on their routines.

Try to involve family and friends to help out with your children and babysit, especially when you need to study.

Cook and freeze food in advance to avoid preparing dinner every day, and have your study snacks safely hidden away from curious family members.

Consider using public transport such as the Gautrain, as that will allow you to study during the commute.

Remaining goal-driven, thinking positive and having an ‘I can do’ attitude will drive you to even work harder to reach your goals, for both you, and your family.

May 16
Soft skills that employers are looking for

​by Lerato Mashego - Network Recruitment

In the modern economy, landing your dream job is not solely dependent on your technical skills. Research indicates that a professional's ability to communicate, highlight their analytical skills and their ability to work well with others matters more to employers than ever before.

Whilst interviews often include conversations around a candidate's technical skills, it has become increasingly important to assess the individual's chances of fitting in with the organisation's culture and work environment.   Senior specialist recruiter, Nina Mans, advises that a candidate's soft skills are a huge part of the decision-making process. She explains that a candidate's soft skills, or lack thereof, are a good way for specialist recruiters to assess if the candidate will be the right culture fit or not.

"In my opinion, the culture of an organisation is reliant on its diverse employees' and how well they work with each other i.e. traditionalists (pre-1946), baby boomers (1946 – 1964), generation X (1965 – 1976), millennials or generation Y (1977 – 1997), generation Z (after 1997). Because of the huge difference in the way each generation operates and makes decisions, harmony in an environment might be difficult to achieve. Therefore, soft skills are a good way of assessing if the candidate will fit in with the ethos of the company," explains Mans.

If you're thinking of developing your soft skills, here are three skills that employers are looking for:

1.    Creative problem-solving skills

According to Vicki Salemi, a career expert at Monster, employers are looking for professionals who know how to solve issues on their own.

2.    Be an effective communicator

Employers want their employees to have good communication skills, both verbal and written.

3.    Leadership skills

Your capabilities to effectively lead a team will be essential as you move up the corporate ladder.

Mans says that management can encourage the development of these skills by empowering their staff and creating an inclusive working environment where professionals are exposed to a range of scenarios.  In addition, management should provide staff with constructive feedback and the opportunity to learn from their mistakes without being judged, but rather celebrated for overcoming a challenge.

The current job market is a difficult one and quite passive. Mans understands job seekers' frustrations when they apply for a job and don't receive any feedback. She advises job seekers to be focused in their approach and to target the right companies and people. "Once you send your CV, ensure that it fits the advertised role 100%. Furthermore, follow-up by picking up the phone and presenting yourself to the recruiter as well," she concludes.

Nina Mans is an Executive Specialist Consultants at Network Recruitment

Are you looking for an IT jobFinance jobEngineering job, or a Contracting assignment? Contact Network Recruitment, the centre of recruitment excellence.

May 16
The Do’s and Don’ts of an interview with Recruiters

By: Bridget Maoko - Communicate Recruitment

If you live in South Africa, you should probably know that being invited for a job interview is almost a privilege. Unfortunately, some candidates do not see it that way and have a knack for blowing their own interview opportunities. We have all heard cringe-worthy stories about candidates sleeping during interviews or not even showing up at all.

As a company we help our candidates to avoid these interview mistakes. We've spoken to some of our top consultants and they shared some their candidate experience in an interview and how you can avoid them.

1.  Do not show up drunk.

This may sound cliché but it seems some candidates do not get the message and actually show up drunk in an interview or reeking of alcohol. No recruiter will want to sell you to a client in this state and will deem you a waste of time and resources as you are bringing them and their brand into disrepute.

2.  Not knowing your CV or lying about contents in it.

This is always a bad idea. Interviewers always expect you to know your CV chronology by heart. When a company discovers that you are lying, you will be disqualified and future opportunities may be denied. CV fraud is high and you do not want to come across as a CV fraudster. At the end of the day, it is your CV, it comprises of your life and work experiences there is no reason as to why you should not know it by heart.

At Communicate, we conduct thorough interviews, screenings, reference checks, verifying skills and experience. We are contracted to MIE, a background-screening agency to verify qualifications, criminal, credit, fraud and ID records. So if you are laying – it is likely we will know, and what are the chances we will call you for future opportunities?

3. Not being prepared for the interview.

Almost all our consultants stressed this point. Come prepared! You are being sold to a client, look the part! Look like you want the job!

4. Using an agency to get a counter offer.

If a recruiter discovers that you are using them just to get an offer at your current company, they might not represent you as you are a wasting their time and resourcing. Recruiters are less likely to represent people who job-hop and are prone to taking counter offers. Recruitment agencies are not there to help you get counter offers from your employer. During an interview, do not come across as someone who is likely to take one.

5.  Arrogance.

There is nothing wrong with having a higher sense of self and the same can be said about confidence. The problem comes when it borders into arrogance which infuriates the interviewer. No matter how educated or senior you are, you still have to respect your interviewer. They are your potential gateway to landing the next job.

6. Language barriers.

In South Africa like in most countries, English is an offial language and medium of instruction. When invited for an interview unless otherwise stated, you are expected to be articulate and or fluent in English. So brush up on your English and industry jargon before going in an interview. How else will an interviewer sell you to a client if they do not understand the language you speak?

This may read like another one of those tired articles giving advice to candidates about what not to do during an interview but we would not stress the message enough if candidates actually understood the importance of brushing up on language.

We have over 3 decades of experience in Connecting Great People with Great companies. Part of our process is to prepare our candidates before sending them out for interviews with our clients. Visit our website to find out how we can help you.

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