Accsys (PTY) Ltd held our 4th Annual Payroll Diploma Graduation last week, both in Sandton and East London. Our top graduate is from Port Elizabeth. Congratulations to her, as well as to all our graduates, nationally.
Adult learners face many difficulties and challenges, not least because most are both studying and working full time. Life long learning was a discussion point in the speeches at the event, as well as in the discussions around the great food. The feedback was wonderful, and the atmosphere was positive and uplifting.
While we celebrate the whole month as Woman's Month in South Africa, with numerous events and celebrations, it really is about August 9th, 1956 when approximately 20 000 women marched on Pretoria to deliver a petition to JG Strydom, the Prime Minister.
Led by Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, some carrying the children of their employers on their backs, they stood in silence for 30 minutes, in a powerful objection to the "pass" that black South Africans had to carry at all times.
I grew up in the beautiful seaside village of Muizenberg. Our amazing old house nestled on the mountainside overlooking the river and the sea. My parents were not big socialisers, but when they went out, they told us where they were going. On one memorable night, a veld fire started on the mountain side and quickly reached the empty stand next to us. They were at the movies, and I called and the projectionist flashed an "Urgent, fire on the mountain, call home" with my parents names on the movie screen. Needless to say, the cinema was cleared out in moments!
When people used to stay in jobs for 10 plus years, there was time for companies to invest both time and money in training and upskilling employees.
In the US, the average tenure is less than 6 years, but it is the under 30's who are moving after short periods. According to Stats SA, the median employment for the 25 to 34 year old South African worker is 31 months.
As my first job was as a PA at NCR to two sales managers who didn't speak to each other, I learnt early how difficult the life of a PA can be. I enjoyed getting everything organised, though, and loved working with all the sales guys and getting to understand the sales processes. And so my very first job exposed me to two things which enabled me to grow in business, sales and IT.
If you are anything like me, you are often surprised to hear how people react to you on first meeting. And to overcome this, many of us tend to overdo the warmth, humour and trying to fit in, or go the other way, and try to be as unobtrusive as possible. Neither of them feel natural and neither are sustainable so it is worth spending some time preparing for the first impressions you create on the first day of your new job.
Today I am putting out my first ever blog, and so first impressions are top of mind. How do we create the right first impression when job hunting? Interviewers are just like the rest of us and their initial impression of the applicant can change the whole flavour of the interview.