Getting Graduates Work-Ready

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Graduates need to have both academic and practical skills if they hope to find employment and grow in their careers.

Graduates need to have both academic and practical skills if they hope to find employment and grow in their careers. However many are finding themselves unprepared to manage the demands of their first job due to a lack of work-readiness skills.

What Is Work-Readiness?

To be 'work ready' means to possess and be able to apply the skills, mindset and attributes required by modern business in order to make a meaningful contribution to the organisation.

Sadly, employers are discovering that graduates and new recruits are often ill-equipped to handle the day-to-day pressures of work life and workplace expectations.

To thrive in the modern business environment requires the right combination of attributes and skills. It not enough for students to have the qualifications. 

Facing The Facts

So why are young people so ill prepared to enter the workforce? There are many factors preventing young adults from being work-ready.

For one, the cost of education and studying further is too high for many families.

Educational authorities have also acknowledged the gap in work-readiness training within most academic courses. Educational institutions, particularly universities focus on theoretical knowledge transfer and fail to properly prepare students for the workplace says University World News. According to the report graduates "take longer than expected to become productive, nearly doubling staff costs in a majority of organisations."

There are many training institutions in South Africa offering courses and programmes that assist graduates in getting work-ready. 

Take the first step in getting work-ready and start your search today!

By Cindy Payle - Portal Publishing


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