The Elephant of Opportunity

SETTING THE SCENE

Never in the history of this country has unemployment been as high as it is.  Never in the history of the country are there so many desperate youth wanting to have an opportunity.   Never in the history of a country are there so many willing to give others a chance.

Opportunity

THE REALITY

Why is it then, that those who are offered an opportunity simply shy away from it?  They flee as if an angry elephant wants to take out its wrath on them.  The fact that someone gets and opportunity and not use it, remains a great puzzle of humanity.

It is not often that a company is willing to provide a free education to an unemployed person.  In fact, this opportunity would have been part of a twelve-month internship, after which the candidate would have had a chance to be employed in a full time capacity.  Certainly, an opportunity such as this cannot be missed?

LESSONS FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD

MEET CHRIS

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Chris Gardner’s story is told in the movie “Pursuit of Happiness”.  It tells how Chris had to compete at all odds for job as a stockbroker.  Days went by where Chris did not have any hope but he kept on trying and trying – knowing that he needs to persevere if he wants to have a plum opportunity at a world famous firm.  There were days that Chris believed the whole world turned its back on him.  But Chris knew that giving up was not an option.

GOOGLE INTERNSHIPS

Google internships are highly sought after.  Though thousand apply to be admitted on an internship, only a few hundred are given the chance.  And, of the few that are given a chance, only a fraction may be lucky enough to be offered a job at Google.

There are many similar stories all around the world where thousand compete for a single opening that may or may not be offered to them.  Yet, it does not discourage those hopefuls to TRY by being the best!  With the exception of a few, candidates that compete for chances such as the Google Internship are highly qualified.  The come out of college or university with very high marks.  In fact, many finished their degrees or diplomas CUM LAUDE.

COMING BACK TO THE QUESTION

Being offered a bursary to study for free AND to earn a monthly internship stipend certainly provides some sort of stability to a person that would have been destitute otherwise.  Is some income – no matter how small – not better than no income at all?  Is a free education not better than no education at all?

In Afrikaans there is a saying that could be directly translated as “complaining with white bread in hand”.  There was a time that white bread was the epitome of luxury in Afrikaans culture.  Thus, the saying means that someone who has some luxury (even a modest white bread) will still find time to complain.  Being offered a free education is exactly the same a complaining with white bread in hand.

Recently, Growth Institute offered someone a chance to get an education.  At first, the person was eager to get on board.  But when the person was asked to come in for an interview, all sorts of excuses come out.  Thus, a golden opportunity was wasted.

THE AGE OF ENTITLEMENT IS OVER!

There seems to be a riddle of entitlement in this country and that it simply erodes all our competitive advantages faster than we can build such competitive advantage.  It is time to realise the age of entitlement is over.  We can choose to move forward by our efforts or to decay in our own unwillingness to try.

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In Search of Readiness

STATING THE MYTH

School leavers need a bridging course before they can attempt to enrol at a university for a degree or diploma.  In addition, those who do not passed Grade 12 with at least a 70% average will NEVER be able to go to university.  Last, those who have only Grade 10 and Grade 11 are forever doomed to be part of a low paid and underqualified workforce.

DEBUNKING THE MYTH

Whilst it is true that not all school leavers cannot immediately enrol into a university program, there are options available to anyone who thinks that he/she will never be able to go to university.  In fact, anyone who cannot be admitted to a university today can indeed prepare him/her over a period of four years to obtain a professional qualification that will allow that person into a degree program.

Insufficient admission points at the end of Grade 12 do not mean all doors to tertiary education have closed irrevocably.  In addition, a person that passed Grade 10 or Grade 11 actually has an equal chance to obtain a university degree one day as long as they completed a professional qualification with an accredited institution such a Growth Institute.

Growth Institute’s Achiever Program© is linked to professional qualifications in Accounting and Business Administration.  This program allows students to qualify with a National Diploma (NQF 6) within three to four years.  After students obtained their National Diplomas, they can apply to a local university where the can enrol into a bridging program that steers them towards a B Com. Honours degree in Business Management.

FACING THE FACTS

The fact is that many students who are presently enrolled at university fall out in the first year.  They become discouraged and live with a belief that they will never be able to obtain a tertiary qualification.  This “Horde of Disillusionment” is one of the biggest contributors to skills shortages in South Africa.

However, students who first enrol into programs such a Growth Institute’s Achiever Program, stand and greater chance to obtain degrees after three to four years’ study at a lower level.  These students have a great sense of accomplishment and achievement.  In addition, they are valuable knowledge assets to an organisation because:

  1. They are often forced to study part-time
  2. They have an opportunity to link theoretical knowledge with practical experience while they study
  3. They are committed students and workers because they have more at stake than their peers who are full time students

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Removing The Uncertainty Principle

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Uncertainty about the right candidate in the right place and at the right time can force an organisation into a state of panic.  The “Draconic” labour laws in South Africa make it very difficult to correct recruitment mistakes later.

On 9 July 2015, Growth Institute will host a conference that will focus on equipping recruiters with the necessary skills to identify the right candidate for any given position.

Nowadays, recruiting has a direct impact on an organisation’s sustainability.  Far too many companies regret that they were not able to equip their recruiters with skills to discern between high potential candidates and those that seem to have a high potential but who eventually fizzle out.

Successful recruiting requires a number of disciplines to work together.

In recent times, the news bulletins were abuzz with reports of people faking qualifications or misrepresenting facts.  A good vetting solution is thus an important tool for any recruiter that takes the sustainability of an organisation seriously.  Background checks and vetting do not need to be elaborate or expensive.

Thus, it makes sense that the conference on 9th July will focus on introducing affordable vetting solutions to the market.

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Sustainable Recruiting

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CONFERENCE: SUSTAINABLE RECRUITING

Date and Venue: 9 July 2015 at the Birchwood Conference Centre, Viewpoint Road, Bartlett, Boksburg

TOPICS OF THE DAY

  • Burning Platforms on BBBEE and Skills Development
  • Softening the impact of the new B-BBBEE codes on recruitment
  • Equipping recruiters for the 2024 recruitment landscape
  • Implementing vetting solutions to avoid costly mistakes
  • Becoming an indispensable part of skills development solutions
  • Recruiting disabled candidates
  • Overcoming scares skills challenges
  • Panel Discussion

REGISTRATION AND COSTS:

All key decision makers and senior managers at recruitment and HR companies receive preferential rates as shown hereunder

Early registration discounts. Invoices for tax purposes will be generated on request.

Early Registration (before 12 June 2015) – Recruitment and HR Practitioners R 2 600-00 per delegate
Standard Registration (until 1 July 2015) – Recruitment and HR Practitioners R 3 000-00 per delegate
Early Registration (before 12 June 2015) – Others R 2 800-00 per delegate
Standard Registration (Until 1 July 2015) – Others R 3 000-00 per delegate
10% Group discount (for 5 or more from same company)
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