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5 Tips On How To Land Your First Job After Graduation

With graduating students pursuing their first jobs, a degree is no longer a golden ticket to employment, particularly within the country’s constrained economic environment.


With South Africa in the grips of graduation fever, and the soon-to-be capped proudly displaying their achievement on social media, the reality of the challenges associated with one’s first job search will soon set in for many.

“Transitioning from studenting to adulting can be hard and often demotivating once application after application goes unanswered. Unfortunately, given the country’s constrained economic environment and the tough job market, a degree is no longer a golden ticket to employment,” says Wonga Ntshinga, Senior Head of Programme: Faculty of ICT at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest private higher education institution.

He says with years of hard work behind them, the real work now starts for graduates.

“You have to approach the job search with the mindset that the search is your job, for now, until you convert your CV into an interview, and your interview into a job offer,” he says.

Ntshinga says graduates should keep in mind that each job advertisement will attract scores of applications, and that it is necessary to make one’s candidacy stand out from those of one’s peers.

“Treat the job hunt process as an opportunity to learn and grow, and constantly polish your CV, your skills, and experience,” he says.

Ntshinga says there are 5 things graduates must do in preparing for the job hunt:


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