Dear Graduates | #MyFridayStory №13

The 2017 South African Matric results are out today.

The annual National Senior Certificate pass rate is hovering around 75%. That’s almost 700 000 i-Gen graduates (born 1995 to present) — either wishing to study further at a tertiary institution, or entering the workplace this year.

There are many Millennials (born 1980 to 1994) that have graduated from universities and colleges, also wanting to get a job and start their careers. Enrollments in universities and colleges are limited, with many students being turned away.

Our national unemployment rate is a staggering 27%, with the expanded unemployment rate being closer to 40%!

Over the past eight or nine years, many graduates have asked me to assist them in finding employment.

Here is some advice to any graduate wishing to enter the business world today.

First, take a good look at your resume and your LinkedIn profile. Get them polished, professional and ensure they reflect your personality. There are professionals that can do this for a charge, but there is no substitute for doing this yourself. It should read as a story about you and your achievements. Ask: So, what? then add the response to your profile. Make it interesting and easy to read. Limit the use of technical jargon and stick to the facts.

Although you may have no experience yet, that will come with time. In the meantime, showcase who you are and what you can bring to an organisation. Ask: Why me? Why would someone hire you over someone else with the same qualifications and experience?

When applying for a position, find out as much as you can about the company you are approaching. Make sure to look up the person you are seeing and connect with them before your meeting. Knowing about the company and its people will help you understand their culture to adjust accordingly.

Entering the workplace or going on to tertiary studies, can be a daunting time in your life. Today, there are no shortage of obstacles to trip you up as you are maturing into a young adult. But, if you do your bit and make an effort to stand out and be unique, you will find no shortage of opportunities.

Congratulations to all the recently graduated Matric students!

Well done and good luck for your future endeavours!

Originally published at on July 26, 2020.




Curiousor and curiousor

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

4 Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making During Phone Interviews (And What To Do Instead)

The Shift From IQ to EQ

How to know your business is evolving

Stars Making A Social Impact: Why & How Tommy Habeeb of ‘To The Rescue’ Is Helping To Change Our…

Open Advice to LinkedIn career coaches.

Virtual Onboarding: How to Help Employees Adapt the Company Culture?

3 Lessons From One Executive Who Switched Industries During the Pandemic

Three Popular Interview Questions for Job Seekers

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Frans Nel

Frans Nel

Curiousor and curiousor

More from Medium

Is getting old eating you…?

Remember, Some Things Have To End For Better Things To Begin…

Is it Weird to Reach out to old High School Friends?

Do you consider yourself Beautiful and Privileged?