Varsity College Career Centre

Varsity College Career Centre

THE VARSITY COLLEGE CAREER CENTRE (VCCC) GIVES OUR STUDENTS A PROFESSIONAL HEAD-START IN 3 KEY WAYS.

To get going, see your campus’s Career Centre Coordinator. Book an appointment with Student Reception and let us start building the working future you’ve always aspired towards.

1. PART-TIME WORK
The first step to building a credible CV is through work experience – especially while still studying. This way you’ll gain skills that compliment your chosen career and help you to stand out in a competitive graduate environment.

No part-time jobs are guaranteed, and they may not always match your field of study. However, all opportunities provide invaluable education, instill a work ethic and, of course, provide extra.
income and independence.

2. BECOMING WORK READY
While studying, take advantage of the various opportunities Varsity College offers to develop your workplace skills and industry knowledge.

The VCCC runs practical workshops that cover such topics as:

Successful interview techniques
Goals identification and time management
Creating a professional, comprehensive CV and covering letter
Communication skills for the corporate world
Using social media in a career context.

In addition, remember to read all that you can on our career blogs; watch our podcasts and meet with professionals in your field when campus visits are arranged.

3. FULL TIME PLACEMENT SUPPORT
If you have been actively involved in part time work and all that the VCCC has to offer such as our Career Fairs and simulated job interviews, you should be ready to enter full time employment in your area of study.

As a member of the South African Graduate Employers Association (SAGEA), Varsity College has access to more than 200 members, representing over 120 organisations – from ABSA to Woolworths – all of whom are potential employers.

Although the Career Centre can’t guarantee you employment, we’re there to help you develop the skills to ultimately secure that career-launching first job.

If you are a student in your final year of study, or you’ve successfully completed your qualification, make sure you’re registered for our GO (Graduate Opportunities) Placement Programme. We will mentor you through the application process to find full-time job opportunities with big corporates and small businesses alike.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATES:

Full-time Internship / Learnership (temporary contract).
Period of supervised training required for qualifying for a profession or to gain relevant industry experience. It may include a specified number of academic credits or classroom years.
A Graduate Programme (a corporate fixed term / permanent contract).
A period of 1-2 years on a Graduate Development Programme that may include an on-the-job training plan (practical exposure), classroom training (soft skills development) and monthly performance management (to track your level of development and potential). Based on performance, you may be offered permanent employment on completion of the Programme.
A permanent position at a junior level.

HOW WE HELP DURING THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS:
Given that Graduate Recruitment Programmes tend to be expensive investments for companies (usually corporates), there usually is a stringent selection process involved. This is usually split into 3 stages:

1)
First interview – similar to introductory, one-on-one interviews for part-time work.
2)
Second interview – More in-depth; may be a group or panel interview.
3)
Psychometric testing – Work simulations, aptitude tests, etc.

Throughout the process, employers are looking at skills and competence in terms of communication, teamwork, flexibility, motivation, general drive, planning and time management abilities.

Your Career Centre Coordinator will help you at every stage, making sure you are sufficiently prepared in terms of the different requirements – from correctly completing forms to helping you stand out with confidence when presenting yourself in person. This will give you the best possible chance of landing that first job you’ve always dreamed about.

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