With high unemployment rates in South Africa, students have found themselves nervous as graduation approaches. They start questioning whether they will find a job and become apprehensive about what lies ahead. This was exactly how Damelin graduate, Princess Hadebe felt. Princess completed her Diploma in Human Resource Management in 2017.

She had no business management experience when she started her 1st year of her Diploma. Instead, she had been encouraged by her family to take science related subjects in high school, which seemed to promise secure employment. However, when Princess completed her matric she knew she had to pursue a career that would make her happy.

While studying at Damelin, Princess was able to maintain a good relationship with her Academic Adviser, Zanathemba Ngidi. She says, “My Adviser was amazing. We had a good relationship and he was even able to contact my mum and sister when he couldn’t get a hold of me”. Although Princess was an independent student, she says she was grateful for the assistance and support her Academic Adviser offered her during her time at Damelin.

Once she graduated successfully, even having obtained a distinction at 3rd year level, she decided to pursue her B-tech Degree. When iWork Student Employment Centre offered her the opportunity to work full-time, she made the change from being a full-time student to being a part-time student and grabbed the opportunity of a job in her field, with both hands. She says she has loved every second of the experience.

iWork Student Employment Centre is an initiative introduced by Educor to help its students and graduates find employment. Whilst nothing is guaranteed, there are currently 3 recruiters based around the country, to help students who are studying at the different brands, secure employment.

Princess has been employed as an HR Administrator at Educor Head Office since May 2018. She says she is thoroughly enjoying the experience and paths of development that the company offers her. She has completed her training for criminal checks and is excited that she can add that to her ever-expanding CV.

For more information on how iWork Student Employment Centre can help you, email Bongeka.Mhlaluka@educor.co.za

Pictured:  Left to right: Mandisa Xate (Randburg Student Recruiter); Tracy Borland (Head of Student Employment Centre); Princess Hadebe (Head Office HR Administrator – Graduate); Bongeka Mhlaluka (Durban Recruiter); Dineo Rapudi – Pretoria Recruiter (not pictured)

Compiled by: Esivani Naidoo (Journalism and Media Studies Academic Adviser)