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Finding Work Experience or Internships

Do you need to secure work experience to qualify?

Occupational qualifications include practical work placement components but many learners struggle to secure these opportunities without the help of their colleges. Unfortunately, most colleges have been inadequate in this regard.

How To Find Work Experience Opportunities

When gaining practical work experience is Your Responsibility, here’s what to do

Contact companies that you may want to work for and let them know you’ve been accepted to the x Qualification and that you would appreciate being kept informed of any industry or company news they share with their community.

This makes you look sharp, more like a leader than a hustler.

Most companies have an online sign-up and you can receive their newsletters – SIGN UP EVERYWHERE! Comment on their online articles, be smart and sassy, try things like

“Wow! I’m looking forward to becoming employed in the X-industry after my studies – I really like what you’re achieving so I’ll be watching you closely! “

(Don’t say the same thing everywhere PLEASE!!! But definitely show character and enthusiasm)

Don’t waste time behaving like a Trust Fund kid during holidays.

Offer voluntary (free) service to do something specific.  I believe that if you’re willing to offer free labour – you should be able to negotiate the terms. So don’t frikkin offer to go in and make coffee, sweep the floor etc for free.

Each qualification has an ID number, find it on SAQA (search for registered qualifications) and check what it says.

Look at how the work skills component is addressed in this example:

National N Diploma SAQA Qual ID: 90674

This qualification is aimed primarily at giving the learner technical, theoretical knowledge, practical knowledge and workplace knowledge and skills required in their chosen occupational/vocational area.

The design of the qualification is such that it enables learners to progressively obtain the qualification by completing the related N4, N5 and N6 courses in a particular vocation/occupational area, either separately with breaks between, or in one extended study period of a year or 18 months and then to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the workplace for an extended period.

The N4+N5+N6, regardless of the manner in which they are completed, must be followed by or integrated with the relevant 18 or 24 months of practical workplace learning for the learner to be awarded the National N Diploma, Level 6.

Once you understand the qualification requirements, negotiate work experience that covers what you learnt in class.

When you request an internship / voluntary work placement – you must define the areas of experience you need to cover as it’s not the employer’s job to know what your qualification requirements are – you need to let them know.

For example:

Dear X,

I’ve completed three HR modules on IR, HR strategy and HR Systems. I’m passionate about improving the employer – employee relationship so that businesses grow in a positive manner.

Your company has a great profile on Linkedin and I share your views about xxx.

As I’m available to participate in an internship from 13 July to 18 October, I would appreciate the opportunity to meet and discuss the possibility of interning with you.

Don’t sit back and wait for your college to get it together. Be competitive and set yourself apart from your peers, this will ensure that you stand out in job applications.

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