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Career Services Graduate Guide University of Pretoria 1 Letter from the Editor .
. 2 Graduate recruitment calendar . . 4 Preparing for your dream job Writing a cover letter . . 6 Compiling your curriculum vitae . 8 Preparing for an interview . . 11 Interview tips . . 14 Tips for online job applications . . 21 Be a step ahead – enrol today for the Ready for Work programme . . 23 Learn from graduates . 26 Potential employers Company profiles . 47 2018/19 UP Employer Directory . 56 Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences . 59 Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology . 64 Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences . . 68 Faculty of Law . .
71 Faculty of Humanities . . 74 Faculty of Education . 76 Faculty of Health Sciences . 77 Faculty of Theology . 78 Faculty of Veterinary Science . 79 UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA CAREER SERVICES OFFICE Old Chemistry Building Room 1-5.2 Hatfield Campus Lynnwood Road Pretoria, 0028 Tel: 012 420 6438 Email: email@example.com Hours: 08:00 – 16:00 Monday – Friday STAFF Project Manager: Marile Roos Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Administrators: Nomusa Koza (Assistant Project Manager) Email: email@example.com Robinson Mosebe Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sakkie Modikoa Email: email@example.com The Graduate Career Guide is published once a year, in May, by the UP Career Services office.
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Career Services Graduate Guide 2 Graduate Career Guide 2018 / 19 Letter from the Editor Dear Tukkie Well done! You are about to enter the next chapter of your career as you near the end of your undergraduate journey. Soon you will have completed your degree and the world will be your oyster. But before you reach that stage, it is important to ensure that you have thought about your future after completing your undergraduate studies. Here are some fundamental questions you will need to ask yourself: What next? Will I study further? Will I apply for a job? Will I start my own business and employ others? If I intend to find a job, what kind of job do I want? How will I acquire that ideal job? Those of you who are planning to enter the world of work will be tasked with choosing your ideal job and employer, developing job-seeking skills and securing that ideal first job.
Career Services, in conjunction with Enterprises UP, offers a variety of online courses to assist with the transition from university to work. Although the job search might prove to be frustrating, complex and time consuming, if done correctly, it will result in a first job that is compatible with your skills and interests, and also one that provides a satisfying start to your career.
The Career Services Graduate Guide is a booklet that touches on a variety of employability-related topics. These topics include tips on compiling your curriculum vitae (CV), preparing for an interview, the contact details and profiles of various prospective employers, and much more. Career Services arranges career days to expose you to a variety of employment opportunities at some of South Africa’s top employers. Moreover, Career Services, together with Enterprises UP, has launched the Ready for Work programme. This programme is specifically designed for University of Pretoria students and graduates to acquire the requisite skills and attributes to help them integrate more easily into the world of work, and to move from the world of education to the world of work with essential and/or specialised skills that will improve their employ- ment (or self-employment) prospects.
Students can access these courses through the Enterprises UP webpage at www.enterprises.up.ac.za/ ready4work, as well as ClickUP, and must self-enrol. The Career Services team wishes you success for your future and shares in your excitement as you complete your degree. We look forward to seeing you at our various employability-related initiatives, and providing you with the necessary support to embark on your professional career.
Marile Roos Project Manager Career Services
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Career Services Graduate Guide 4 Graduate Career Guide 2018 / 19 Career Services office Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 012 420 6438 Graduate recruitment calendar 2018/19 May 15–16: General Career Fair 25: Actuarial Career Day July 20: Supply Chain Management Career Day 24–25: Engineering, Built Environment and IT Career Fair March 8: Accounting Day (Non-auditing) 14: Internal Auditing Career Day February 21: Law Career Day
Career Services Graduate Guide 6 Graduate Career Guide 2018 / 19 Writing a cover letter Street address City or town Province Postal code Date *You do not have to include these details if your letter is being sent via email Recruiter’s name Title Company, organisation or institution City or town Dear Mrs/Mr/Dr *Always try to address the relevant individual personally. If you are unsure of their name, Dear Sir/Madame is more appropriate than saying “to whom it may concern”. INTRODUCTION: One paragraph stating who you are and what you want Briefly introduce yourself in terms of your current career, for example, I am currently completing the final year of my Philosophy degree at the University of Pretoria.
State your interest in the organisation or position. You do not need to include your name and surname. How were you made aware of the specific vacancy? This paragraph could also mention the name of an individual who recommended that you contact the employer, or cite the research that prompted you to write to the organisation. It is important to indicate why you are interested in this company.
BODY: Three or four paragraphs indicating why you are a good candidate The middle paragraph should contain a selection of highlights from your background that would be of greatest interest to the organisation and create a notion of “person- job-fit”. Focus on the job description. Highlight what you match with and justify with examples from your education history and experience, for example, Through my experiences as the Chairperson of ABC Society, my leadership skills were greatly enhanced and this is why I believe I am the best candidate for this position. Again, try to display knowledge of the specific field and organisation.
Use action verbs to describe relevant skills and expertise, and mention specific knowledge you may have.
CLOSING PARAGRAPH: Mention that you are available to meet for a possible interview Your closing paragraph should outline the procedure for action. State if there are any attachments (only if required). Always thank the addresses for their time and Interest. Sincerely (Your signature) Name and surname *Try to limit your cover letter to one page unless otherwise stated by the job specifications. Career Services
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Career Services Graduate Guide 8 Graduate Career Guide 2018 / 19 Compiling your curriculum vitae Joe Soap 70 Pretorius Street, Hatfield, Pretoria 0083 Cell: Email: PERSONAL PROFILE A personal profile is an introductory paragraph at the beginning of your CV containing a short summary of your background and career plans. It must be personalised to every job application in order to suit the position. Highlight who you are. What are your strengths relevant to the position? What are you interested in? What are your career goals? Example: I am a Sociology graduate from the University of Pretoria.
I am an open-minded individual with a practical approach to problem solving. I am interested in enhancing my career by branching into Public Administration and my goal is to complete my master’s degree in Sociology.
EDUCATION 2017–2018: Sociology Honours, University of Pretoria Majors: [list major subjects] 2014–2017: BA General, University of Pretoria Modules: [list modules taken] 2009–2013: National Senior Certificate, ABC High School Subjects: [list subjects taken] Note: Always start with the most recent information, for example, first your postgraduate qualification (such as honours degree), then your undergraduate qualification, and finally your high school certificate and subjects taken. Personalise this section by only adding the modules, majors and subjects that are beneficial to your being considered for the position.
You do not need to list all the modules from your first year or all of your high school subjects.
WORK EXPERIENCE 2017 to present: Sales Assistant, Vodacom Assisting customers Arranging stock Note: Again, start with the most recent job that you have held. Always state if it was part- time work, permanent or voluntary. List your duties in bullet points. Avoid personal pronouns and paragraphs. Try utilising action words such as: “I ensured that…” or “I took responsibility of…”
Career Services Graduate Guide University of Pretoria 9 ACHIEVEMENTS AND LEADERSHIP POSITIONS 2015: Golden Key Award Top 15% in the Humanities Faculty with an average of 80% TRAINING 2014: Short course in Project Management, institution name Note: Training includes anything that you have done outside of your formal qualifications.
SKILLS Languages: English (fluent) Afrikaans (conversational) Computer literacy: Proficient Microsoft skills including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint Research: Quantitative and qualitative research skills Data collection and data analysis experience Note: Remember to think outside the box and unpack the skills that you have learnt throughout your degree, for example software and programmes used, as well as concepts that you have learnt, for example brand management, MATLAB, Python, Pastel, etc.
REFERENCES Prof Wright Sociology Lecturer, University of Pretoria Cell: Email: Note: Please try by all means to make your references aware that you have listed them on your CV and ensure that your references are people who can vouch for your work ethic. Strive for a maximum of two references on your CV and withhold others for a later stage. Career Services
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Career Services Graduate Guide University of Pretoria 11 Preparing for an interview COMPANY-RELATED PREPARATION • Research the company: - Familiarise yourself with the company’s vision, mission, goals, values and culture - Understand what type of work environment the company embodies PERSONAL PREPARATION • Prepare beforehand: - Highlight your person-job fit in terms of the reasons why you are the best possible candidate • First impressions: - Be punctual - Dress appropriately - Maintain eye contact - Communicate clearly and articulate your words - Be enthusiastic PRACTICE QUESTIONS 1.
Tell us about yourself. - Highlight your skills relevant to the position, educational background (post-matric), work experience, future career goals, and interests and hobbies (avoid personal details) 2. What are your strengths? - Identify a strength you know the company is looking for - Be able to back it up if asked to do so with an example 3. What are your weaknesses? - This question is aimed at seeing if you can identify your shortcomings, have done something about it and have seen some improvement - Do not list a weakness that is critical to the job - Do not contradict yourself 4. What is your understanding of this position?
- Do research on the position - Familiarise yourself with the requirements - Familiarise yourself with the responsibilities - Highlight three main aspects about the position 5. Why have you chosen to work for our company? - What is it about the company that you identify with - What makes this company stand out 6. Why do you believe you are the best candidate for this job? - Link it back to the job requirements - Highlight person-job fit - What makes you stand out 7. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time/short-term/long-term goals?
- Companies want to test your expectations to see that you are committed - Goals within the company - Personal goals and development
Career Services Graduate Guide 12 Graduate Career Guide 2018 / 19 COMPETENCY-BASED QUESTIONS • Questions that require candidates to provide real-life examples as the basis of their answers. In order for a company to determine your potential future performance, they must find out about examples of past performance. How did you handle certain work- related situations? • Utilise the STAR method of answering questions - Situation: Describe the context in which you performed a job or faced a challenge. Be very specific and use examples from work experience, volunteer experience or any relevant event.
- Task: Describe your responsibility in that situation, for example, you had to help your group complete a project under a tight deadline or resolve a conflict. - Action: Describe how you completed the task in order to meet the challenge. Focus on what you did rather than your team or boss, for example. - Result: Explain the outcomes generated by the action that you took. Emphasise what you accomplished or what you learned. • Example question: Tell me about a time you had to complete a task under a tight deadline. Explain how you resolved the issue.
- Possible answer: Once, at a former company, an employee left days before a big project was due.
I was asked to take over, with only a few days to learn about and complete the project. I created a task force, delegated work, and we all completed the assignment with a day to spare. I think I tend to thrive under tight deadlines. BASIC INTERVIEW ETIQUETTE • Have your own set of questions prepared • Double check the details sent to you (directions, stationery, etc.) • Do not mention anything salary-related unless asked.
Career Services Graduate Guide University of Pretoria 13 The Ready for Work Programme is specifically designed for students and graduates to acquire the requisite skills and attributes to help them integrate into the world of work more easily. Move from the world of education to the world of work with essential skills that will improve your employment (or self-employment) prospects. Shift to training that gets you ahead in the workplace. READY FOR WORK PROGRAMME Career Planning Job Preparation Workplace Skills Personal Development Shifting knowledge to insight enterprises.up.ac.za/ready4work
Career Services Graduate Guide 14 Graduate Career Guide 2018 / 19 Interview tips Remember that an interview is a potential employee’s way of impressing an unknown hiring manager. It is important to prepare for an interview, no matter what the position or level. When asked “yes” or “no” questions, ensure that you support your answer with pertinent examples and reasons – volunteer information, while being concise and to the point – avoid taking control of the discussion.
• If you are asked for a certain skill or experience that you do not have, turn this into a positive. For example, “I do not have experience using the Microsoft CRM software, however I have knowledge of SAP CRM” or “I do not, however I am very eager to learn about this.” • Always be honest and, where possible, try to anticipate possible questions and rehearse responses beforehand.
You do not want to find yourself completely out of your depth six months later. Also, your answer may well be checked with your references.
Here are a few examples of likely questions you can expect: Tell me about yourself? • Begin by describing yourself in a work situation. • To help you, prepare a summary of your work experience, career achievements, educational background and accomplishments or transferable skills relevant to the job opportunity. What are your interests and how do you spend your free time? • Mention hobbies, sports, reading literature, family time ,etc. Why did you decide to study this qualification? • Explain how your qualification has or will aid you in your career aspirations. Why did not complete your degree or studies?
• Explain your circumstances honestly, for example, you did not have the financial support. What are your strengths? • Prior to any interview, prepare a list of your greatest strengths and a specific example that illustrates each attribute. • Show how your skills will benefit the company. • For example, valued traits include achiever, intelligence, positivity, good communicator, dedication and confidence. What are your weaknesses? • This is a typical question asked in an interview, so it is again important to prepare.
• Rather use the word “developmental areas”.
Career Services Graduate Guide University of Pretoria 15 • Design your answer to make it something that can be overcome and will not jeopardise you in the offered position.
Why should we hire you? • This is an opportunity to sell yourself. Why should you be hired? • The hiring manager is looking for evidence that you can do the job. • Your answer should be concise and to the point. How do you feel about working overtime? • Indicate your willingness to work overtime when required. Obtain information from the interviewer on their expectations regarding this. Why do you want to work for Company X? • Ahead of any interview it is very important to conduct research on the company and, where possible, the person interviewing you. • Reply using the company’s attributes as you see them.
• Indicate your belief that this can provide you with a favourable working environment and that such an atmosphere would encourage your best work. What are your biggest accomplishments? • Respond only with work-related answers and your specific contribution. • Use structured examples evidencing measurable achievements such as cost and time savings. Provide examples that show your initiative? • Highlight what makes you stand out. • Focus on ideas you initiated that had a favourable impact on your organisation. What salary are you worth, and why? • It is likely that you will be asked about salary during your interview.
• Prevent a “deer-in-headlights” reaction by having a prepared response. Perhaps choose from two options: - Respond by saying something along the lines of: “My salary is negotiable considering other benefits and what your company thinks is a reasonable start.” - The other choice would be to mention a salary range that leaves plenty of room for negotiation. Discussion regarding the company and position (role) you have applied for • If there are any aspects of the company or position that you are uncertain about, it is important to discuss this directly with the company.
• Ensure that you leave the meeting on a positive note, thereby not closing any doors for future possibility.
Your questions Remember, the interview is a two-way discussion. Ensure you have prepared in such a way as to gain a thorough understanding of the expectations. Think carefully when asking questions and make sure they are relevant to the industry, market, company and the role you are interested in. Here are some examples of questions to ask the interviewer(s): - Why is this job opportunity available? - Tell me about the team I will be working with or will be reporting to me if hired. What are their roles?
- I would like to know more about your organisation. Tell me about
Career Services Graduate Guide 16 Graduate Career Guide 2018 / 19 Ace your Skype interview You have studied long and hard for your degree and are seriously considering a gap year in another country. At Go Abroad we offer a variety of working opportunities that will fit your profile. The first step on this new journey is to impress your future employer – someone that is likely sitting on another continent! What to wear? • Your ‘power outfit’ is a good choice, as it will make you feel confident, even for a virtual interview.
A bonus is that bare feet or your favourite pair of slippers will go unnoticed. • Some countries might be a bit more conservative, therefore it is a good idea to stick with more conservative colours such as white, grey and black when you get dressed for success. What to share?
• Talk slowly. English might not be the first language of the person interviewing you. • Show that you are enthusiastic and have a genuine sense of adventure. • Emphasize the reasons why you are a great fit for the position. Your background, education and appropriate interests are important to share. Don’t just imagine it part of the family
Career Services Graduate Guide University of Pretoria 17 Technical preparation • Take your ‘backdrop’ and environmental noises into consideration before you Skype. YOU should be the main subject matter. • Maintain ‘eye contact’.
As awkward as it might feel, look straight at your webcam. It works to minimise the screen that you see of the interviewer and move it just below your webcam, as this creates the illusion that you are looking directly at that person. • Remember to double check and confirm the time differences beforehand.
• Test your connection ahead of time with a friend. • Don’t let a technical glitch throw you. Stay calm and determine where the error lies and try to remedy it. Take a deep breath and connect again. Research • Before your interview, make sure to read up on the culture; history; news and current events of the country that interests you. • We suggest that you prepare some questions to ask at the end of the interview. For example - if you are going to teach English abroad, then ask about the different types of schools, cities that are available, the age groups of the students and added benefits from the company.
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Career Services Graduate Guide 18 Graduate Career Guide 2018 / 19 the structure of the division or team (organogram). - What type of training do you typically go through for this role? For example: product, systems training or orientation. - What are the career growth prospects? - What are the typical traits of your most successful employees? - What are the challenges in this position? - What has been the growth of the company over the last five years? - How do you measure performance? - Who does this role interact with? - Do you have a specific organisational objective you are working towards? The end of the interview • If the prospective employer offers you the position during the interview, do not feel under pressure to give an immediate answer.
• Last impressions are almost as important as first impressions. The way you leave the interview may be the way you are remembered. Indicate your interest in the opportunity. Thank the interviewer(s) for their time and give a firm handshake before leaving. • If you are using a recruitment agency, contact your consultant immediately to give feedback as this will enable him or her to have an in-depth discussion with the company while maintaining the level of professionalism that you would like to project.
Interview checklist Objective Explain how your background and experience qualifies you for the position.
Utilise your present and past working experience to illustrate your abilities by using a spread of diverse examples to support your answer. Contact numbers Please make sure you have the following contact numbers with you: - Agency or company switchboard - Interviewer’s direct line Pre-Interview o Confirm date and time of interview. o Research and familiarise yourself with the company, position and interviewer.
o Address or directions. o Confirm parking arrangements or travel time required. o Know who to ask for, as well as the interviewer’s name(s) and business title(s). o Prepare according to a structured, formal or informal interview. o Prepare interview questions around the position and the company. o Be prepared to outline your career history, as well as professional-related strengths and weaknesses. o Ascertain the dress code. o Charge your cell phone on the day of the interview and switch it off during the interview.
Career Services Graduate Guide University of Pretoria 19 o Prepare how to handle a salary discussion.
o Ensure that your reasons for leaving are congruent to what the prospective employer will hear if a reference is taken. This applies to all your previous positions. The interview o Walk into the interview knowing what information you seek to communicate. Align your experiences in the interview to be sure you paint a picture of knowledge and success. o Remember: a firm handshake and good eye contact. o Display positive non-verbal communication.
o Use professional language. i.e. avoid slang, bad language and excessive humour. o Display good listening skills and build rapport. o Elaborate when required. o Give a concise response. o Turn a negative into a positive. o Take the initiative to share information that may not have been discussed during the meeting, in a way you feel will add value. o If you are interested in the opportunity, indicate your interest to the prospective employer. Post-interview o If you are using a recruitment agency, call immediately after the interview to give feedback. If your recruiter is not available, leave a message.
Additional tips o When filling in forms, do not specify current reference details or colleagues’ details. o Remember to have all the required supporting documentation with you, as you have been asked to bring along. o Remember to be polite and have respect – do not interrupt or talk over the interviewer. o Remember that first impressions count. Walk in with a friendly smile and a warm greeting. Elise Ronquest Managing Director Career Management Consulting www.careermanagementconsulting.co.za
Career Services Graduate Guide 20 Graduate Career Guide 2018 / 19 Globetom is a software development company which has specialised in the telecommunications industry for 16 years and is now branching out to new sectors.
Globetom is constantly looking to bring new talent on board to extend our innovation capacity and customer service levels. If you want to grow your career with the delivery of unique and differentiating market solutions in local and international markets, then Globetom will be a fantastic career home for you.
We are looking for graduates from B.IT, BSc Computer Science, BSc Informatics, BEng Computer Engineering or equivalent qualifications. Follow us on: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.globetom.com Careers: www.globetom.com/about-us/careers/
Career Services Graduate Guide University of Pretoria 21 Tips for online job applications • Be truthful about your information • Be brief in your descriptions • Follow guidelines given • Input accurate information that matches your CV • Be patient, answer all questions CV tips • Ask a third party to check your CV for spelling and grammar errors • Be creative, but keep it simple • Do not overuse tables on your CV • Organise your CV in a way that shows the most recent activities first, for example academic results or work experience • Include all relevant contact information, and always give an alternative contact number • Continuously update the information on your CV Make sure that you are listing the correct dates of employment, job titles and qualifications.
Your resumé should closely match the job requirements and specifications you wish to apply for. When you apply in person, ensure that you are dressed appropriately, as you may end up speaking to the manager. It is important to look professional. Follow the given instructions when completing both online and manual job applications. It is important that you understand what is required. Information provided by Torrecid SA (Incorporated in Spain) How to apply: Submit CV to email@example.com
Career Services Graduate Guide 22 Graduate Career Guide 2018 / 19 At MoyoTalent Solutions, we don’t just place candidates, we build careers and companies.We embrace what makes you exceptionally unique and use it to your advantage. Send your CV to a team of talent placement specialists who understand you: firstname.lastname@example.org You are about to graduate, and will no longer be just a student number. You are an individual, different to everyone else. You are exceptional. You are unique. We understand that.
Career Services Graduate Guide University of Pretoria 23 Be a step ahead – enrol today for the Ready for Work programme A degree is no longer enough to guarantee you employment or a satisfying career.
More and more companies are looking for work- ready graduates with job-specific skills – over and above academic qualifications – with which they can start making a difference. To have a competitive advantage in the job market, students and graduates therefore need to develop better employability or work- readiness skills throughout their time at university. Against this background, Career Services of the University of Pretoria (UP) and Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises UP) have launched a ready- for-work initiative. The Ready for Work programme was specifically designed to equip students and graduates of UP with the requisite skills and attributes to help them integrate into the world of work more easily, and includes skills and knowledge that not only enhance their professional and personal profile, but also assist them in making a meaningful contribution to the workforce, their community and the economy while being successful in their chosen careers.
The Ready for Work programme consists of four course packages, all of which focus on career planning, job preparation, workplace skills and professional development. All modules in the packages are free, self-paced and are presented fully online. The programme is available at no cost to UP students and alumni. • The Career Planning package aims to assist you in planning a successful career and enhancing your job satisfaction. This package will help you choose a career, create a career plan, select potential employers that best suit your overall career goals, engage in activities to enhance your CV and learn the basics of entering the workplace.
• As part of the Job Preparation package, you are provided with information to assist you in looking for job opportunities, realising the importance of digital profiling and emphasising the skills you need when seeking job prospects.
• The Workplace Skills package provides skills to help you follow instructions more accurately, become aware of what is allowed in the workplace and how to communicate professionally with all stakeholders. Workplace skills are more general than job-specific skills and can be applied regardless of your chosen profession.
Career Services Graduate Guide 24 Graduate Career Guide 2018 / 19 • The Personal Development package provides three modules to help students grow emotionally and personally. The package covers emotional intelligence, stress management and personal finance.
Entrepreneurship is another important skill that provides students and graduates with an opportunity for self-employment, while simultaneously promoting employability and job creation. Requisite entrepreneurial skills are seen as a driver of change in seeking self-sufficiency and job creation. Therefore, in addition to the Ready for Work programme, students can also enrol for the free online Entrepreneurship Programme (a professional online development short course) that forms part of the ready-for- work initiative.
Additional training courses are available at a nominal fee. These specialised courses go beyond the basics, with various targeted courses that will allow you to perform more specialised workplace or day-to-day tasks. Through this initiative, UP and Enterprises UP are taking much-needed steps to equip all students with empowering and life- enhancing skills to successfully move from an academic setting to the work domain by applying essential and specialised skills to improve their prospects for employability. For career guidance, advice or more information regarding the Ready for Work programme, please visit www.up.ac.za/ career-services or www.enterprises.up.ac.za/ ready4work where you can enrol directly for any of the packages.
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Career Services Graduate Guide University of Pretoria 25 Bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Driven by responsible operations, ongoing innovation, and open collaboration, we have established a competitive ICT portfolio of end-to-end solutions in telecom and enterprise networks, devices, and cloud computing. For more information, please visit: www.huawei.com/za WE ARE HIRING GRADUATES! In the following positions: IT Specialist, Network Planning & Optimization Engineer, Network Technology Engineer, Project Manager, FTTX Site Design Engineer, Project Finance Controller Please send your CV to: email@example.com Deadline: 30 June 2018
26 Graduate Career Guide 2018 / 19 Learn from graduates Zanele Mahlangu Job title: Graduate trainee business analyst, FNB What did you study? BEng Chemical Engineering What is the company culture like? FNB drives innovation and finds creative solutions to customers’ problems using digital channels. If you are creative and innovative, this place is for you. There is also a culture of trust and helpfulness among colleagues. What is exciting about work? I learn new things every day. I am now so much more aware of the amount of work that goes into making the customer experience enjoyable for FNB’s clients.
My skills set and knowledge have grown tremendously since I joined the bank.
What are the people like? My colleagues are friendly and helpful. I am encouraged and guided within my team and that empowers me to do my job and to learn quickly. After studying chemical engineering, what made you want to work at FNB? Naturally, I enjoy problem solving as an engineer. Innovations are essentially solutions to problems, and since FNB is big on innovation, I knew that I would thrive in this environment. Describe the most interesting day you have had since joining the bank? As part of the graduate induction, we had to work at an FNB branch for several days. We witnessed some interesting events, including a client carrying money in a Burger King container to make a deposit.
What has been your most memorable moment at FNB? Induction was certainly a memorable experience, as I got to have fun while learning about FNB and my colleagues. We attended workshops on personality profiles, networking and branding, and business writing. What would you have done differently during your years at university? I would have participated more in societies that offered exposure to business and entrepreneurship ventures. I would also have taken a basic finance course and networked regularly.
University of Pretoria 27 Learn from graduates Tshiamo Motswiri Job title: Quantitative analyst, FNB What did you study? BSc Mathematical Statistics What is the company culture like? No one looks down on you.
Your opinion matters, even as a graduate. FNB is big on innovation, so innovative ideas are widely celebrated. What are the people like? All companies have introverts and extroverts, and FNB is no different. You get to meet people from different fields. What is exciting about your work? I enjoy the environment, the wide range of possibilities and room for growth. You are not restricted to doing the same thing every day. You get the chance to explore the business. What surprised you most about entering the working world?
The level of SAS coding that takes place in FNB’s business segments and how deep the analytics behind FNB’s products goes. Describe the most interesting day you have had since joining the bank? Mondays are always interesting. Our team has a catch-up session and, funnily enough, we never discuss any work during that time. It is like a mini social gathering at work. After studying Mathematical Statistics, what made you want to work at FNB? I liked the fact that FNB is so innovative. There is plenty of room for growth and I am not restricted to following a specific procedure. We use the same software that I used at university so it is easy to adapt and use different methods.
What cool projects are you working on at the moment? The first project I worked on is Return on Marketing Investment (ROMI). I enjoy the project analytics and using statistical techniques to come up with quantifiable solutions. This gives me a sense of responsibility. What has been your most memorable moment at FNB? The time spent at the FNB Conference Centre with other graduates was a highlight. We learnt about mental models, how to structure emails in business and the importance of networking. These are tools that we use on a daily basis at FNB.
28 Graduate Career Guide 2018 / 19 Learn from graduates Keegan Visser Job title: Quantitative analyst, FNB What did you study? BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science What is the company culture like? From the very first day, people at FNB are helpful and interested in your wellbeing.
They do not only care professionally, but they also care about your health and happiness. They are always willing to take time out to assist you. What is exciting about your work? The most exciting aspect is the constant learning. What cool projects are you working on at the moment? I am helping a colleague to build a model that will later be used in other business functions.
What has been your most memorable moment at FNB? It has to be the Graduate Service Immersion project that spanned two weeks. What surprised you most about entering the working world? How helpful everyone is, and how they do not overwhelm you with responsibility, so you can ease into the work. Do you have any advice to students entering the job market? Be open to learning and growth. What would you have done differently during your years at university? In terms of what I studied, I would recommend that you constantly improve your technical ability and become comfortable with SAS and Excel modelling.
Career Services Graduate Guide University of Pretoria 29 OTINELL DLAMINI PROCESS ENGINEER AT GROUP TECHNICAL AND SUSTAINABILITY PROCESS BUILDING LEADERS AND SHAPING TALENT BLAST 3 ROLES 2 CONTINENTS 4 YEARS Anglo American's Building Leaders and Shaping Talent (BLAST) programme offers the experience of 3 meaningful roles across 2 different continents in 4 years. Do you have what it takes? Applicants must: • Have a four year degree or post graduate degree in disciplines that are relevant to a mining business in particular, Mining Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Business Science/Finance.
• Have excellent academics. • Demonstrate strong leadership. • Possess drive, ambition and a passion for new challenges.
• Actively participate in campus and community life. Applications open 01 May - 29 July 2018 Please apply online at southafrica.angloamerican.com/blast #ShapingMyFuture OTINELL DLAMINI PROCESS ENGINEER AT GROUP TECHNICAL AND SUSTAINABILITY PROCESS BUILDING LEADERS AND SHAPING TALENT BLAST 3 ROLES 2 CONTINENTS 4 YEARS Anglo American's Building Leaders and Shaping Talent (BLAST) programme offers the experience of 3 meaningful roles across 2 different continents in 4 years. Do you have what it takes? Applicants must: • Have a four year degree or post graduate degree in disciplines that are relevant to a mining business in particular, Mining Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Business Science/Finance.
• Have excellent academics. • Demonstrate strong leadership. • Possess drive, ambition and a passion for new challenges.
• Actively participate in campus and community life. Applications open 01 May - 29 July 2018 Please apply online at southafrica.angloamerican.com/blast #ShapingMyFuture
30 Graduate Career Guide 2018 / 19 Learn from graduates Rofhiwa Mangwane Job title: Graduate trainee in the FNB Gold sub-segment. What did you study? BCom Financial Sciences What is the company culture like? It is a flexible and open culture, and the strong friendships between employees surprised me. Everyone is friendly and welcoming and there is not any hierarchical structure to speak of.
What is exciting about work? I enjoy learning new skills and concepts, as well as applying my mind. Describe the most interesting day you have had since joining the bank. Meeting with other segments and discussing collaborations. Gaining insight on processes, plans, ideas and methods of doing things.
What cool projects are you working on at the moment? I am working on the new FNB application for the Gold segment and the product itself. What has been your most memorable moment at FNB? Meeting the team. I was expecting to find serious people who never smiled, but they are all happy and friendly people. Do you have any advice to students entering the job market? Be who you are and do what makes you happy. Learn from your mistakes.
University of Pretoria 31 Learn from graduates Peter Mahlare Job title: Strategy analyst, FNB What did you study? BEng Mechanical Engineering Ater studying mechanical engineering, what made you want to work at FNB? I was intrigued by the idea of working for a bank that is at the forefront of innovation and is always looking for more efficient ways for people to bank.
What is the company culture like? It is a culture that promotes self-development and growth. The people here are energetic, passionate, friendly and inspiring. Everyone shares a common goal to make the best products for customers and it shows in every conversation you have. What cool projects are you working on at the moment? I am currently working on multiple projects. One of them involves looking at moving clients from branches to digital platforms and another involves finding alternative methods of communicating with customers.
What is exciting about your work? It is exciting to work across various segments and there are so many opportunities to learn and grow. My team is energising and it is a stimulating environment. Describe the most interesting day you have had since joining the bank. I think the most interesting experience was meeting one of FNB’s executives. He was down to earth and I could relate to him. It showed me that FNB people really do live the brand values. What has been your most memorable moment at FNB? It was meeting all the lovely graduates in the same programme as me. Do you have any advice to students entering the job market? Do not wait until the last minute to start your job search, and remain true to yourself and your goals.
32 Graduate Career Guide 2018 / 19 Zishaan Osman Job title: Java developer – CBA (Core Banking Applications) Plexus, FNB What did you study? BEng Computer Engineering What is the company culture like? The workplace is an interactive and diverse space where everyone greets one another with a smile. The people embrace innovation and new ways of thinking that make graduates feel very important. What is exciting about your work? Deployments and releases of new technologies and innovations create an exciting atmosphere for everyone. Each department has its own perks, and rewards employees for all the hard work they put in.
What surprised you most about entering the working world? I did not expect the friendly and light-hearted environment. You are treated kindly and equally and your superiors and colleagues like to learn more about you as an individual. After studying computer engineering, what made you want to work at FNB? As a developer, writing code for such a large company in the banking industry appealed to me. Describe the most interesting day you have had since joining the bank. The induction was a highlight. The way that all these different people treated me was astounding. The camaraderie between colleagues was astounding.
What has been your most memorable moment at FNB? The best moment was meeting all the new graduates on the first day of induction. Do you have any advice to students entering the job market? Get set up properly on LinkedIn. Gain as many skills and qualifications as you can while you are studying, as these can broaden your employment options. Take part in FNB’s Winter Graduate Programme if you can. Apply for a position at FNB. Learn from graduates
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34 Graduate Career Guide 2018 / 19 Learn from graduates Resego Matshego Job title: Quantitative analyst (graduate trainee), FNB What did you study? BSc (Hons) Mathematical Statistics.
What is the company culture like? The culture is easy-going and people are friendly, but full of energy, highly driven and goal orientated at the same time. I was surprised that my manager did not have an office. We work in an open-plan environment and I have the freedom to sit wherever I want, which is exciting as it allows me to meet new people and ask lots of questions.
What is it about FNB that made you want to work there? FNB values everyone’s input and ideas. You don’t have to be a CEO to have your idea implemented. Describe the most interesting day you have had since joining the bank. The first day was the most interesting. We participated in team-building exercises on a jumping castle. What cool projects are you working on at the moment? I am currently analysing sales made at the contact centre. I am extracting data and creating reports to improve efficiency.
What has been your most memorable moment at FNB? My group won first place for the Service Immersion Project, with a grand prize of 5 000 eBucks.
What would you have done differently during your years at university? I would not have been so hard on myself. Sometimes you have to take time to smell the roses.