“Put theory into practice, as we want to equip you with skills,” said the director of human resources at Univen, Tshililo Manenzhe.
Speaking at the recent interns-orientation programme, Manenzhe said internships offer graduates an opportunity to enter the workplace. “It offers practical experience. Be marketable and have personal objectives in life. Your CV should be aligned to the job that you are applying for and should you need any assistance in drafting your CVs, I am happy to assist. “
The Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority and the National Research Foundation are doing a very good job for graduates. Make use of the information. “Start applying for permanent jobs while still doing your internships. We do not expect you to finish your internship tenure. We must get notifications that you got permanent employment before the end of your contract.”
“Be able to adjust your personality at the workplace and work very hard,” said the head of communications and marketing, Sharon Mashau. “Be flexible as it will help you to make it in life. Have self-confidence and be tough. The sky is the limit. Have a positive attitude and you will succeed in life. Place your work experience before money. Good things in life do not come easy,” she said.
“Take this internship seriously,” said the head of organisational development and training, Patrick Rachidi. “An internship is a good way to start your career. Treat your internship like a permanent job by always behaving ethically and professionally. Always be on time for work and do not take an extended lunch. Give notice of your absence in advance. Do not only concentrate on the work you do, also focus on the way you carry out your duties. Prove to the employer that you are the best in your field. Use this internship to lay the foundation.”
Speaking on behalf of the SASSETA internship programme, Lorraine Matjila said that Univen should place interns at the correct departments. “Interns’ timesheets and monthly reports must be submitted on the 15th of every month. Every intern should complete a timesheet daily so that we can see the progress.”
“I want to learn everything in the office and acquire skills in office administration,” said an intern in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Khodani Nemukula. “This includes taking minutes and preparing agendas for meetings. Before I complete my internship, I believe I will be ready to handle a permanent job.”
Source: University of Venda
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