MANCOSA’s Degree Congregation and Awards Ceremony in October at the International Convention Centre, Durban, saw hundreds of graduates conferred with a range of business and management qualifications. Graduates travelled from various parts of South Africa and SADC countries, and included graduates from Mauritius, South Sudan and Russia.
Extending his congratulations to graduates, MANCOSA’s Principal, Professor Yusuf Karodia, said he was pleased to note that individuals obtained their qualifications at the same time as having to meet full-time employment and family commitments. In particular, MBA graduates were to be commended for successfully completing the demanding academic MBA programme while meeting work and family obligations.
“The October 2014 graduation ceremony is a momentous occasion in MANCOSA’s history as it signalled its continued achievement to develop and broaden the managerial and leadership skills of people on the African continent and Indian Ocean Islands, as graduates their places as leaders and managers at the cutting edge of the global business enterprise,” Professor Karodia said.
Professor Mark Hay, the Dean at MANCOSA expressed delight at the success achieved by graduates. “It takes much discipline and motivation to study, produce assignments and write examinations. For the MBA students there is the added requirement of successfully writing a dissertation to meet the requirement of the degree. MANCOSA remains committed to ensuring that our graduates have the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes (otherwise known as graduate attributes).”
He encouraged graduates to find their `fit’ in the workplace by applying their knowledge and skills in their respective work settings. “Successful graduates stand out, not only by their knowledge and skills, but also by the attitudes they hold such as integrity, respect, collaboration with others and ethical behaviour at work,” he said.
While the job market for newly qualified graduates may not be the easiest to access Hay suggested that they explore internship opportunities where they may show off their abilities and at the same time gain valuable work experience.
“Graduates are encouraged to identify their core skills and highlighting them in an interview as this is appreciated by potential employers. Employers want to hear how a graduate will add value to their business or organisation,” he added.