Monthly Archives: July 2019

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Career paths with the…

Career paths with the best opportunities Choosing which career to pursue can be a challenging and exhaustive task. One needs to consider your aptitudes, knowledge and interests. Beyond that, it’s important to understand the financial realities and the future demand needs of the industry that you are considering. Before delving into a trade, it’s worthwhile to take the time to assess whether your future job sector is stable and sustainable in the long term. In the South African careers industry, the following career paths demonstrate the best projections for stability and growth opportunities, while also displaying high demand currently The medical field The field of medicine is fast growing and vast. Growing technology is changing the way that the medical field operates and is improving various facets of this field. Jobs in the medical sector are not necessarily restricted to those of a traditional doctor- there are many other sectors in the health industry, including medical engineers, technical specialists, medical device sales, radiology, physiotherapy, dietetics, occupational therapy and nursing. Technology sector With fast-paced growth and incredible innovations, technology is an exciting and promising field. As the field is continuously growing, the industry regularly generates new opportunities. This field is also suitable for freelance work, and currently offers positions for employees in information technology, robotics, smart factories, connected supply chain, web development, app development, and desktop support. Marketing and sales The..

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Which industries offered the…

Which industries offered the highest salary bands in 2018? As we ease into 2019 and look back on 2018, we get the opportunity to assess the year gone by. 2018 was marked by political turbulence and financial scandals, which affected the economic climate. Whether this will continue to have financial repercussions for this coming year is yet to be seen, but for now, we can reflect on the world of work in 2018 and how employees were compensated. Salary bands can often reveal the financial environments of different industries, offering employees the chance to measure up their compensation against others in their industry as well against that of employees in other sectors. As markets fluctuate and the world experiences economic strain, it may be valuable to assess the salary band of the industry that you’ve chosen. These three industries below offered employees the highest salary bands in 2018. Architecture and Engineering The architecture and engineering field encompasses jobs like mechanical engineering, engineering drafters and architecture. This industry has starting salaries from R16 181, for the position of engineering draughtsman. Environmental engineers, at the other end, can earn R75 941 per month. Junior and intermediate positions could potentially have amassed monthly salaries of up to R52 969. Finance Finance is a well-paying industry, raking in R68 281 per month for a senior financial management role and R14 305 for the lowest..

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What is continuous learning…

What is continuous learning and why is it important? The phrase “continuous learning’ has quickly become a hot topic; trending on social media and most likely, attracting discussion in your workspace. But what is continuous learning? Also known as lifelong learning, continuous learning refers to the constant expansion of skills and skill-sets through education and increasing knowledge, and by expanding your skill set in response to a changing environment and new developments. The contemporary world is facing continuous, accelerated change, ensuring that knowledge has become obsolete more quickly than ever before. Continuous learning is therefore essential to your future success and requires self-motivation and persistence. Continuous learning is vital because it may help you to remain relevant, prepare for the unexpected, boost your profile, grow your confidence, foster innovation and change your perspective. Many people believe themselves to be finished with education once they have received their degrees or diplomas. This way of thinking is counterintuitive to growth and successful living. These days change is a given, and all skill sets need to be updated and improved regularly. How to undertake continuous learning Firstly, consider approaching your workplace. A large percentage of employers have indicated that they are conscious of the benefits of lifelong learning, and they may be supportive of your educational aims. Businesses often have expansive resources at their disposal, which may assist you on your path to..

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5 Fantastic resources for…

5 Fantastic resources for continuous learning Professional Sourcing has previously addressed the value of continuous learning, and in this article, we will be discussing five resources or institutions that you can use to undertake your foray into continuous learning. University courses Many Universities across South Africa offer a host of well-managed short courses, many of them taught online. The University of Pretoria, the University of Kwazulu-Natal, Unisa, the University of the Free State, as well as many others, offer short courses. Online teaching platforms The web offers a wide variety of sites that provide trustworthy courses, many offered entirely online. Platforms like Coursera, Skillshare, LinkedIn Learning, edX and Academic Earth, provides users courses in various specialised fields. Youtube Whether it’s learning a new language, viewing a production process, watching How-to videos or talks by experts in their fields, Youtube offers a wealth of information and knowledge. Youtube channels that promote learning include Ted-ed; TED-talk’s response to educational videos, National Geographic; the quintessential information source turns to Youtube to offer fans even more insight, or CrashCourse, a channel that addresses economics, US politics, anatomy, philosophy and more! The library Though some may regard libraries as old-fashioned and obsolete, they continue to offer value to those who take the time to engage with their local library’s materials. Many libraries host talks from authors and can source books and magazines that will further..

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Top Bachelor’s Degrees with…

Top Bachelor’s Degrees with Cybersecurity Focus A bachelor’s degree with a focus on cybersecurity is a strong foundation to enter this rewarding career path – and a highly prized position in IT jobs recruitment! There are only a handful of IT professionals specialised in cybersecurity in South Africa, yet there is a high demand for these skilled computer scientists in the market. Cybersecurity degrees offer different areas of specialisation. The best cybersecurity professionals study an interdisciplinary degree that combines the computer engineering and technology aspect of the job with technical writing, legal/ethics and management skills. Depending on the area of interest and niche expertise required in the market, here are some bachelor’s degree options for IT graduates and professionals: Bachelor’s of Science in IT Administration and Cybersecurity This BS degree with a cybersecurity concentration is a great launchpad to a career in information security. The main focus is on understanding how security systems and database management work to ensure a company’s data and assets remain protected. Cybersecurity professionals can enrol in IT departments as entry-level network engineers or security administrators, or become highly-paid cybersecurity consultants and auditors, working for a corporation or independently. Bachelor of Arts in Cyber Security Management Bachelor’s in Software Development and Security Software developers, in particular, can further add a specialisation in security testing to their computer technology degree. Cybersecurity testers can identify and counteract vulnerabilities..

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Career Paths in Cybersecurity…

Career Paths in Cybersecurity Intelligence Cybersecurity is evolving rapidly due to the increasingly complex cyber threats and attacks on enterprises and nations worldwide. Not surprisingly, the domains of cybersecurity intelligence and cybercrime investigation offer lucrative opportunities for professionals already involved in IT security and law enforcement. Security Analysts - Bachelor of Arts in Cybersecurity Management A Bachelor of Arts (BA) in cybersecurity focuses on the protection of digital information for businesses, consumers, and the government. It combines the technical aspect of cybersecurity with critical thinking and practical skills such as ethics, data management, analytics, basic investigation techniques and forensics. The most popular careers for BA cybersecurity graduates include information security analysts/managers and network security administrators. The finance, banking, insurance, and defence industries offer the most career opportunities for security analysts. Forensic Specialist - Bachelor of Arts with Cybersecurity Intelligence Cybersecurity intelligence covers cyber defence protocols for national security and foreign policy. It is as a highly niched area for cybersecurity experts and analysts invested in protecting financial or government defence systems from dangerous hackers. Forensic specialists with a cybersecurity background can work alongside law enforcement to lend their specialist knowledge to track and apprehend cyber criminals. They can also provide consulting services for law enforcement agencies. Cybercrime Expert – Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice with a Cybersecurity Focus Law enforcement specialists and graduates with interest in criminal justice can adopt a..

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The Main Reason Employees…

The Main Reason Employees Leave Companies Employee turnover is a persistent issue in some organisations, leaving top management and HR recruiters with a serious question: why are their employees leaving, and what can be done to make them stay? Companies are spending money to spice up the office and outdo other companies in terms of salary bonuses and other benefits. Sadly, a new Google-inspired office setup or cafeteria design, games rooms, casual Friday drinks and teambuilding fun won’t help. While employers are investing in office perks and cool workplace features to boost employee retention and engagement, they ignore a more important fact. A high percentage of employee turnover is a symptom of a deeper problem. “Employees are less engaged today than back in the sixties when a steady job was the key to engagement,” writes Roberta Chinsky Matuson in her opinion piece an article viewed by more than a quarter of million LinkedIn fans in just two days! So what do employees want, and why the low engagement and the desire to leave a job? Here is the real reason employees decide to leave: bad leadership. This is the root cause of employee turnover. Understanding the way management and leadership impacts the employees’ everyday work is the first step to address this nagging problem. Studies consistently show that employees don't leave companies. They leave their bosses. If employee engagement is..

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3 Ways to Drive…

3 Ways to Drive Employee Engagement Did you know that only 15% of employees worldwide are engaged in their work, despite most organisations worldwide investing billions in employee engagement tools? This is according to the Gallup State of the Global Workplace report, and other market research that confirms a general poor employee engagement in the workplace. In this blog, we are looking at what we view as the three Fs of great employee engagement: fulfilment, flexibility and focus. Fulfilment shows that employee engagement is largely driven by psychological benefits such as emotional well-being, social fit and cultural identity. Employers need to foster their employees’ self-esteem and sense of belonging in the company. Fulfilment, empathy and social identity should not be overlooked, according to a . The key to employee engagement is the psychological fulfilment derived from human connections and meaningful work opportunities. When employers identify these key psychological benefits, they can work towards including them in engagement programs, strategic briefs, and teambuilding sessions. Flexibility Gone are the days when compensation packages, salary raises and benefits inspired employees to do their best work. Employers need to consider a different approach to emphasise the work-life balance aspect in the modern workplace. Flexible work arrangements balance employees’ life and working needs, allowing them to be more productive in their environment of choice, cope better with emotional and mental health, improve their relationships, and..

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Survey Focuses on SA…

Survey Focuses on SA Employee Engagement and Experience Employees’ expectations and the level of engagement in the workplace are constantly changing due to today’s connected working environment. A recent survey set out to find out how South Africans perceive employee engagement based on their own experience at work. According to the online survey conducted by Wyzetalk with BusinessTech, employees seek meaningful work, flexibility, autonomy, mentoring and collaborative communication. Employees expect to be engaged differently. Unfortunately, in most cases, the employee experience is nothing more than a corporate buzzword. Some concerning findings of employee experience among the more than 2410 survey respondents include the following: 41% reported general poor communication from the top management 43% cited a lack of interdepartmental collaboration and integration 41% believed the focus was more on sales and production than people Nearly 50% felt they couldn’t voice their opinions and provide feedback 25% believed the overall communication in their companies is inefficient 68% said their companies mostly use traditional channels such as email or intranet Only 14% mentioned collaboration tools widely adopted by their companies 9% said their companies still rely on printed collateral like posters and noticeboards 33% felt that a positive employee experience was not a priority Only 27% reported the company’s willingness to improve the employee experience 57% believe they are more productive when they feel valued by management 27% said working for a..

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High-tech Innovative Strategies in…

High-tech Innovative Strategies in Recruitment Employers find it more and more difficult to attract top talent and high-skilled employees in a competitive job market. Investing in digital tools to aid the recruitment process can change that and improve the recruitment process. A recent 2018 Global Candidate Preferences Survey compiled by the Fortune 500 HR company ManpowerGroup provided some insights into innovative recruitment strategies. Finding the Right Skills for the Job Matching the candidate’s desired skills to the required jobs is crucial for employers and recruiters. Often, there is a serious gap between what is needed and the skills available in the market. According to the ManpowerGroup report, 45% of employers are concerned about finding the right skills, an increasing problem in industries where the skills gap continues to widen, and high-skilled people are predominantly scarce. Africa is no exception. Luckily, advanced technologies can help bridge this gap, and reduce the talent shortage. The survey showed employers and recruiters are investing in digital tools to prospect, screen and engage candidates, ensuring accuracy and consistency in the recruitment process. Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) Artificial intelligence-powered bots can effectively cover the time-consuming searching and screening part of a recruiter’s job, leaving time for more strategic tasks. Bots will be able to navigate through hundreds of CVs and identify the most likely candidates with the necessary hard and soft skills according to predetermined requirements...

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