Exit Orientation Programme a Great Success
The Exit Orientation Programme hosted at the Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) for final-year and post-graduate students entering the world of work was a great success.
Officially opening the programme, the Director of Professional Services in the College of Health Sciences (CHS), Professor Fanie Botha, thanked and applauded the speakers for the diverse range of topics that would support and enhance development of students preparing for the working world.
Manager of Student Support Services at the CHS, Dr Saloschini Pillay, said in her address that the Exit Orientation programme was a first for the College and for UKZN.
‘As a College we aspire to excellence and seek to lead with innovation and good practice. Students entering Higher Education (HE) have critical transitions to navigate - the first is the entry and adjustment into HE, the second the commitment to remaining or what we refer to as “retention” in HE, and the third being to exit HE into the world of work,’ said Pillay.
Academic Leader for Teaching and Learning at the GSB&L, Dr Mihalis (Micky) Chasomeris, delivered a presentation on Managing your Finances in which he advised young graduates to be mindful of spending and encouraged them to save. ‘Have investments early in the working career and seek the advice of financial advisors and professionals.’
Mr Madimetja Charles Lamola, Legal Advisor from the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) emphasised the value of the HPSCA on-going registration. He spelt out the requirements and the implication of unethical behaviour by health professionals in the workplace and emphasized the importance of on-going professional development through Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
Managers from CoraCall, Ms Michelle Naicker and Ms Nirooshnee Naidoo, role-played a scene on job interviews, had an interactive session with students and also provided insights on the value of interview skills and soft skills in the workplace.
Ms Kamilla Rawatlal’s presentation on Work Ethics and Professional Behaviour and Diversity Appreciation explained the necessary skills required by students to move from being a student to a professional in the workplace.
Ms Bongi Sithole’s presentation highlighted the value of managing and sustaining professional relationships in the workplace. She provided an overview on understanding conflict and managing conflict in the workplace.
Dr Vasi Govender provided a pragmatic and workable approach on How to Develop a Competency Based CV and Writing a Professional Application and Motivation Letter.
Govender shared current employment trends from a research survey she conducted with more than 60 Employers in South Africa on What is a Winning CV. She also provided insights and tools on Understanding Body-Language and Etiquette in the workplace.
Finally, students were encouraged to apply these skills and competencies in the workplace.
- Vassie Govender