The MANCOSA Career Centre has been an immense help to my early career development. Being a recent graduate had left me uncertain about the working world, where to start, and how to prepare myself for the job market. Fortunately, MANCOSA has provided students and alumni with the Career Centre platform which has provided numerous webinars on career development, CV writing, expert advice from well-known industry recruiters, and much more.
This has been beneficial and helpful to many people as it provided many tips and guidance to help job seekers and early career professionals gain direction.
Working and studying part time, that a combination I wasn’t prepare for. Working a full-time job in the mining sector production in particular saw me drowning in fatigue. I work very odd and long hours 6 days a week. Getting ready for work at 3:30 am and knocking off at 17:30 barely being able to open my eyes once I get home in my study decks.
Post grad assignment demanded a high-quality research and content. It took more than my time and strength to deliver the standard quality required by the institution. Got a breather and more time when the first lockdown was initiated. I spend countless hours in the house on my assignments and exam preparation before I was called to resume with starting up production as an essential industry.
The pandemic became a blessing in disguise for my studies. It meant more time spend on my schoolwork and less free time. I didn’t feel the effects of the immense first national lockdown initiated by the President, but it took a bit of a strain financially. The lessons of procrastination learned from the first semester proved to be vital on the second semester. Overall, it was a tough year, but we prevailed.
“Both male and female students at Mancosa have had similar experiences and feel included in the institution. There is no sense of exclusion and opportunities are available for both genders to express their views. There is no gender imbalance, which adds to confidence within groups and the ability to relate with other women.”
“It is important to take gender concerns into account in career services for a few reasons. Representation is important, as is awareness, which can give individuals the courage to stand up for themselves. Additionally, experiences with gender-related issues matter and should be considered when offering career services.”
“Investing in coaching and mentorship programs can be beneficial for breaking barriers and promoting gender equality. Identifying and addressing differences can help create platforms for growth so it is important to sustain the gender talk throughout the year and not only in August. Lack of participation can be addressed by offering programs that accommodate family responsibilities and scheduling conflicts. Encouraging more women to pursue careers in engineering and technology can also be beneficial. MANCOSA should explore these options.”