Strengthening Alumni Relations and Promoting Success
Relationships between UKZN and recent alumni – most of whom graduated between 2013 and April this year – were strengthened through a Job Search Skills Workshop co-ordinated by the Alumni Relations office.
Facilitated by Dr Sheri Seetal, the one-day workshop attracted graduates from all four Colleges, with many travelling from various parts of KwaZulu-Natal to attend. Feedback received can be summed-up in the following attendee’s response: ‘I enjoyed the training and I believe most of us feel this way. If we had been exposed to workshops of this nature more often before, we would all have secured those dream jobs by now. Let’s hope this wasn’t our last interaction, I’m looking forward to more years of fruitful association with my University,’ said one attendee.
The workshop covered the job search process, job adverts, CV and covering letters writing, interview skills as well as workplace related issues such as work ethics, customer care and office skills.
A follow-up workshop on Leadership Skills will be held in October.
The workshops are an annual feature on the Alumni Relations office’s calendar. The office welcomes suggestions from graduates on other types of workshops they think should be held.
Words: Finn Christensen
Photograph: Nomcebo Msweli