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Youth encouraged to dream big, work hard and build a brighter future

26 June 2017

Youth encouraged to dream big, work hard and build a brighter future

RMA marks Youth Month with practical career advancement advice on Career Day

Ambition is the first step towards a brighter future, both for South Africa’s youth and the economy to which they will ultimately contribute. Without a meaningful plan of action towards reaching these ambitions, these could be in danger of remaining unfulfilled dreams. This Youth Month, one company is reaching out to the youth with advice to help them build their careers to meet and exceed their aspirations.

“Young South Africans, in particular those who have post-school education, often cherish the belief that they are destined for success. While self-belief and ambition are important aspects of preparing for the future, career success requires planning and effort to make these dreams a reality,” says Nomfundo Mcilongo, Rand Mutual’s (RMA) general manager of sales and marketing.

“We at RMA want to help South Africa’s youth to develop their understanding of what they have to offer prospective employers and market themselves accordingly. We therefore hosted a Career Day in Sandton, Johannesburg, where we sought to assist youth in answering the question ‘How do I build my career?’ RMA’s Career Day is an annual event that aims to help young people to reach their potential, which will ultimately benefit South Africa’s economic development in the years to come,” she explains.

RMA’s free Career Day workshop was held on Saturday, 24 June, at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, where 50 delegates were given advice on what companies are looking for when employing staff, how to craft a curriculum vitae that stands out from the rest and how to build a professional brand. Thereafter, delegates were given an opportunity to network with various professionals for personalised advice.

“In the session, we shared information and insights to help equip delegates for the highly competitive job market. It is hoped that the seeds sown in this session will help to bridge unemployment, not only for this generation but the jobs that they, in turn, will create in the course of their future careers.

“The annual RMA Career Day also presents a wonderful opportunity for us to connect with young talent who are passionate about the provision of excellent care for our nation’s workers. This was the second installment for us, and we are proud to report that just about 10% of the delegates who attended last year, are now gainfully employed,” Mcilongo adds.

“During Youth Month, RMA took the message of hope for the future to young people in Limpopo, where the company sponsored a career expo at Rekhuditse Secondary School. Approximately 500 grade 11 and 12 pupils from three schools in the area attended the event, during which career advice was shared with them.”

“The overall message we hope to impress on South Africa’s young people this Youth Month is that there are opportunities available for those who are passionate, professional and hard working. We at RMA are passionate about assisting the youth entering the job market to be in the best possible position to take advantage of opportunities when they arise,” Mcilongo concluded.

Rand Mutual’s general manager of sales and marketing Nomfundo Mcilongo hosting the Career Day event in Sandton.

Rand Mutual’s general manager of sales and marketing Nomfundo Mcilongo hosting the Career Day event in Sandton.

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