Education and experimental learning go hand in hand and this is why internships are helpful for students. It is the bridge between tertiary life and the corporate world.
Each year, WIL & SASCE are very pleased to recognize individuals, group or company that have demonstrated Leadership in the corporate world.
Access to structured learning in the workplace and workplace mentors can increase employability of graduates and plays a crucial role in the career success of job seekers and can boost economic progress, especially in a developing country such as South Africa.
Meet VuyokaziNdobeni,a student from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, we interviewed her on her experience while doing her WIL programme here is what she said:
1. What kind of challenges & obstacles arose and how did you handle them?
The one thing that I found challenging was to be able to transition from school to work. It was hard to dress up the corporate way, change my behaviour to suit the setting and understand that I am now not my own boss.
2. Who helped you along the way, what specifically did they do to assist you?
I was assisted a lot by the people horizontally to me (My peers). They helped me get to know the business, the people and what to do. This was good because they are people I can relate to and I know how to approach them without having any fear.
3. If you were to give someone else advice about entering the WIL programme, what would it be?
I would tell them to learn as much as they can. The business world changes quickly and you have to be ready for a ‘disaster’. You should also be confident and do your work to the best of your ability because you never know who is watching. And do not be afraid to ask, no matter how dumb you may think the question is – People like feeling like they are teaching you.
4. What made your organisation give you a permanent job?
They extended my contract probably due to my hard working and eagerness to learn. I also made it a point to let people know that I would like to move to a specific team and this was not due to unhappiness but because of me wanting to broaden my skills and knowledge – and it is something I love and prefer.
5. Two most important skills you need before entering the work place?
Communication and basic working skills.
6. What would the company want the students to be equipt with when entering into a WIL programmme?
Companies are looking for people that will be well equipped with knowledge and basic skills. They want a candidate who will be able to have good etiquette, articulate well and have good understanding from the time of the interview.
7. What would you have done differently during your WIL programme?
Absolutely nothing – All that I have done has led me to this position and I am happy here.