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For many students, it can be quite challenging to maintain and stick to a budget plan. Budgeting allows you to forecast how much money you are planning to spend. One of the advantages of planning your budget is that it determines whether or not you will have enough money to fulfill your needs and wants. Budgeting is important financial stability which ensures that you are able to pay off things like your tuition fees, accommodation, textbooks, or student loans. Following your budget plan ensures that you do not land up in debt.

In today’s corporate working environment, leaders are becoming more aware of the importance of empowering women in the workspace. This means that women have a greater sense of control over their lives. It creates an understanding and trust between employees by ensuring that their actions are inline with the vision of the organisation. This also means that females have the power to make their own decisions, take on calculated risks, gaining new skills and freedom of autonomy. 

How to promote empowerment within the workplace?

One of the most frustrating phrases that many graduates are told is to “follow your passion”. It may take years of struggling and hard work to figure out what truly brings you joy and happiness. It would be a lot easier if you knew where your passion really lies and the direction you’ll be heading. 

A reference refers to a former manager or supervisor that speaks about your work experience, working habits, character and skills. It is important to choose your referees carefully as those professional connections are the ones that attest to your qualifications of the job. References are an important factor for recruitment purposes as hiring managers / recruiters validates what is on your CV. 

Potential questions that hiring managers might ask your referee:

A curriculum vitae is short for CV which is a document that highlights your academic achievements and working experiences. It is a personal marketing document that is used to sell yourself to future potential employers. A typical CV includes your skill set, academic achievement, short courses completed and your overall working experience. Everyone’s CV may differ as every individual has their own unique journey of experiences. 

5 ways to improve your work readiness and employability

Three million people lost their jobs in South Africa between February and April as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic1 and recent forecasting predicts that by December, 35%2 of South African’s will be unemployed and more than 70% of our youth will be unable to find jobs.

Entering this highly competitive job market is daunting. So, what can South African’s do - especially our youth – to make themselves more attractive to perspective employers?

You’ve been for an interview and you’ve been offered the position – this starts a crucial time before you begin your new job, in which you have leverage and the chance to enhance your work life through negotiation of the job offer made by your prospective employer. ManpowerGroup South Africa’s managing director, Lyndy van den Barselaar, explains that this is the time where job seekers need to assess what is most important to them, and have the courage to ask for it.

Most graduates and young adults often feel intimidated and nervous when it comes to a job interview. We often overthink our response when it comes to answering a specific question and this has an effect on your self-confidence. An interview is merely a one-on-one conversation that is conducted with the employer and candidate. Interviews are not always structured and formal; it depends on the position that you are interviewed for. There are no right or wrong answers when being asked a question, it is how you interpret the question and your answer will flow automatically. 

Why do we pay taxes?

Many people dislike paying taxes because they don't see the value it brings directly to them. Governments provide public services such as police services and roads to the public. The government also pays the salaries of civil servants.

If you pay any form of remuneration to employees you are required by law to register for pay as you earn (PAYE). 

You are then required to deduct, submit and pay the correct amount of PAYE over to the South African Revenue Services (SARS) every month. This needs to happen before the last working day before the 7th of every month.

Although we find ourselves during a time of uncertainty due to a global pandemic, this has changed many aspects of our lives especially our working environment and lifestyles. This has altered our daily routines, schedules and working hours. As many things have changed around us, we had to find new ways of adapting and creating a space for ourselves to remain productive whilst working in the comfort of our homes. 

Many people may be very concerned about what to do in the workplace environment to minimize the risk of coronavirus. The basic principles are that this virus is spread through contact which is on our hands and touching people and through droplets which are the droplets that we release from our nose and mouth when we speak and when we cough and sneeze and these droplets can travel up to one meter. 

Keeping connected with your employees outside of the office isn't always easy but there's definitely a lot of tools that you can use to help you along the way, whether it be a video call through zoom or conversations through slack.

Now, many of these applications are free right now during this COVID-19 crisis, so you can definitely take advantage of those to keep in contact with the rest of your team but it's not just so much about keeping in contact, we need to add a little fun in our days.

For many graduates, this can be an exciting time ahead as you celebrate all your achievements and accomplishments. Since you spent most of your time and efforts into completing your degree, you now have to prepare for your future that lies ahead. This can often be an overwhelming yet scary time as a graduate because you are now entering into the job market.

Many people are facing challenging times ahead and the rate of unemployment is simply increasing. We have a few ways that could help you to get a job during this global lockdown.

Try looking into freelance work opportunities

Distance learning is referred to the method of studying remotely through correspondence learning. This includes a wide range of methods such as videos, online classrooms and study groups which are flexible for students. 

There are different types of distance learning, namely:

Many can relate to the question of “where do you see yourself in the next 3-5 years.”

Most of the time we have no clue where our direction of success may lead too. This can often be scary especially if you are entering into the corporate world without having any working experiences.  

Money or job satisfaction? Which is more important?

It depends on a variety of factors such as how old you are, how long do you plan to do the job for, what is your current financial situation, what are your plans for the next decade of your life.

Many people believe that you have to pick between the two, but in reality they are both equally as important. The ideal situation would be finding a job you love and getting paid a great salary for it, but unfortunately not many are fortunate enough to have both. 

You might have aced the job interview but if you don't have the right references to back you up then you'll never get that job. The reference check is usually one of the last stages of an interview and because of that a lot of job seekers forget about it and then scramble to complete their references available upon request.

Belive it or not, but you ned to put in alot more work into selecting your references carefully. They can be the reason you get or don't get the job.

Here are my top tips to selecting the right references for your resume.

The current Covid-19 pandemic has many people working from home. 

One thing I have learned over the years is that fear paralyzes people. Don't let fear paralyze you, instead let it provoke you to take action. 

How do you network if you are unable to attend networking events and meet people face-to-face?

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For many students, it can be quite challenging to maintain and stick to a budget plan.

In today’s corporate working environment, leaders are becoming more aware of the importance of empowering women in the workspace.

One of the most frustrating phrases that many graduates are told is to “follow your passion”.

A reference refers to a former manager or supervisor that speaks about your work experience, working habits, character and skills.

A curriculum vitae is short for CV which is a document that highlights your academic achievements and working experiences.

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