Banele RewoRather begin trying to start a business, from the word go…It will work out much better in the end. Posted on 8 Aug 2012 08:27
Wandile NkosiI atest, it is hard breaking into the communications industry. Thus instead of thinking of one as a graduate, rather carry your self as an expert an people will be willing to offer you a chance to show-case your skills/ knowledge. Also if you really want to make in this industry, you have to thrive on creativity, as what you learnt at varsity was just synopsis of what is expected in the industry. Posted on 8 Aug 2012 09:51
mthokozisi ndlovuits really hard to get an internships if you're a communication student. m also a PR and communication student and im in a process of hunting an inservice training for 2013 in order to graduate, you'll find that during recruitment week most companies need CAs or secience students. Posted on 8 Aug 2012 14:49
Victor SibekoVery interesting indeed! This should be an inspiration to all the young and upcoming Commuication Professionals. Posted on 8 Aug 2012 15:03
Seipati Vivian MoloiGreat article, Mbali.
I agree with everything you've written.
Having been creative with my CV got me my current internship. I'd been waiting and waiting for responses from all the places I'd sent my cv to and it was not until I made that change that things changed.
Truth is your potential employer wants someone who is comfortable in thinking outside the box. And as Communicators we ought to acknowledge that, Public Relations (for those who did it), is an ART and SCIENCE...Therefore, don't allow yourself to lose the one and keep the other, find a balance. Be creative!
So I totally agree with you! Posted on 8 Aug 2012 16:38
thakgatso setsetaso how did you become creative with your cv? share your recipe. Posted on 9 Oct 2012 16:32
bruce gumedeThanks for an imformative article Mbali. As an unemployed graduate myself, I intend to use your tips in order to gain employment. Posted on 8 Aug 2012 18:22
redhedI am shocked that so many comms people are making so many grammar and spelling errors in these comments. Stop and look at the quality of the work you are putting out there and maybe then, just maybe, you will be snatched up. We are, after all, supposed to be the experts on all things communications. Oh, and drop all the "thus" and "whereby" while you are at it. Companies in SA are moving towards plain and simple english. Keep it super simple and clean. Posted on 14 Aug 2012 07:57
Wandile NkosiRedhed it was an oversight/ miss on attention to details on my part, but thanks for the english tips anyway. Have to wonder though that had i written this comment in Zulu/ Swati my home language, would you have cared to correct me? or was my rudimentary use of the colonizers language a chance for you to put your expert hat on and give yourself the title of a bona-fide communicator. We all make mistakes sir, be they grammatical or otherwise, its just the nature of us humans. Again thank you master communicator sir. Posted on 14 Aug 2012 08:39
Comms managerDear Wandile
How about seeing English as an international business language rather than as "the coloniser's language"? You really need to change your mindset. That attitude sure ain't going to help you find a job! Posted on 14 Aug 2012 15:04
Wandile NkosiAlso can i advise you to not look at communications as standalone profession, as soon as you change your perspective you'll realize that brands are slowly decentralizing their communication, this means that English is no longer the international business language you think it is, hence i can boldly call it the colonizer's language, because i am not rigid minded communications person. Posted on 14 Aug 2012 16:08
Wandile NkosiRedhed did you hear me say i am looking for a job, u need to change your slave and submissive professional outlook, why should we be setting ourselves up for work all the time, why not advise me to start my own biz. For your information sir, i am quite comfortable where am @. Actually am not, because i'll be starting my own ish soon. Unlike you, I definitely Can't be someone's plantation slave forever Posted on 14 Aug 2012 16:00
Roxanne RaynersI look forward to the day that people can accept constructive criticism without becoming defensive and turning it into a race or apartheid issue. Posted on 16 Aug 2012 16:13
Wandile Nkosi@ Roxanne Rayners where do you get off? Posted on 16 Aug 2012 16:30
Cebolenkosi XuluAbsolutely amazing! I never thought anyone else went through this! Great article... I've just gotten a job in "the industry" and I will forward this to my many friends still in the struggle! I also believe the art of freelancing should be practised otherwise the kids will starve! I know it kept me alive! Posted on 24 Aug 2012 10:59
PapilionaireThere's no need (at all what-so-ever) for Wandile to get emotional and worst, racial. How do you handle critisism in the workplace? Maybe the reason why you do not have one, yet blame government for you being unemployed? Go ahead, start your own business brother and apply for tenders. That attitude will only get you that far. Great article Mbali.
This coming from a black person. Posted on 3 Sep 2012 20:31
Wandile Nkosi@ papa ( whatever your hideous name is0Please contribute positively towards this article and stop roping my name in all you 2 cents worth of wisdom; you're trying to share here. Posted on 4 Sep 2012 17:04
Ekari MbvundulaAside from some of the surprisingly heated comments... I totally agree with constant up-skilling. That fragile dream that a degree was enough to stand out from the pack was shattered ages ago. Thank you Mbali, this post helped a great deal. I will write a similar one when I've made my big break! Posted on 10 Oct 2012 13:06
Teboho MafodiThis is a nice Article, but can I not respond to ciber batles. In terms of communications we going digital these days. Are you Crazy about Branding & Marketing? Do U hav experience in the Digital Industry or Online Marketing?Hav U been involved in running Campaigns, We are Looking for a Campaign Manager, a Project Manager, Developer & Graphic Designer come join the most amazing creative team for TM Group by emailing ur CV to: email@example.com no chancers plz, we want experienced people. If you are Looking for an Intern send ur CV as wel, but write Internship on the Subject who knows maybe we might just consider you for the year 2013 Posted on 29 Oct 2012 13:29
sipho mgomaIndeed it is a nice article and thank you Mr. T. Mafodi for replying with a solution to those having an experience but unemployeed. We will also place our CV's for interns. i have learned that every company success no longer relay on customer only, but Brand and Marketing plays a very big role in companies success. Thank you. Posted on 4 Dec 2012 13:31