You have graduated, may be doing an internship or national service placement, but haven't found your dream job yet. Fortunately, your mentor is here to help you refine your application and coach you through the process.

 
 

September

Revising and Improving on Career Plans and Strategies - Now, you have started your national service  and you have the opportunity to learn on the job and broaden your skill set. You must have gained a bit of experience and insight from internships, interactions with your mentor and other industry professionals. Your interests and ambitions must have changed or might be in need of a little modification. You will therefore be required to work closely with your mentor to achieve the following; 

  1. Review of career plan developed the previous year. (This is to make room for any changes in career path). 

  2. You can use this career plan template to work on reviewing your existing career plan and developing a revised version of the plan with your mentor.

Student deliverables:

Reviewed career plan

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October

Updating Career Development Tools- Now that you have a revised career plan and strategy, you will need to revise your career development tools to match your new career plan. You are required  to work closely with your mentor to achieve the following.

  1. Review the career development tools you worked on creating the previous year and update where necessary. ( These career development tools include your LinkedIn Profile, Cover letter and Resume). 

Student deliverable:

One page report on updates made to career development tools.

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November

Taking a Course in Self-leadership - Now, you are getting a taste of what the world of work is like. However, to excel in your tasks at work and to lead effectively, you must have a grip on yourself and be able to effectively manage yourself in terms of articulating your goals and aspirations, managing your time and money as well as effectively communicating with others and sustaining great relationships.  While you undergo your national service, it would be great that you take the Vantage-Point Course on Self-Leadership for young professionals. 

Student deliverable:

Complete the 8-week course with all weekly assignments turned in.

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January

Building Strategic Relationships - A lot of jobs never get advertised on a job site. Relationships are the most effective way to find out about jobs and get hired. You have gained some insights on upping your game as far as relationship building is concerned by working on your personal brand. Now, you would be required to work closely with your mentor to achieve the following;

  1. Identify individuals with whom you can build professional relationships with. (Use LinkedIn, your colleagues and superiors at the workplace, your mentor and other relevant connections you have to identify five individuals at five different organizations to build a relationship with).

  2. Conduct informational interviews with at least 2 of these individuals.

Student deliverables:

One page report on one of your informational interviews

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February

Gaining Insights into the basics of Personal Branding- To excel at the workplace, how you present yourself to the people around you matters a whole lot. Skills are great, but the first impression you create would determine whether or not others would be willing to use your skills or even hire you.  While you undergo your national service, it would be great that you;

  1. Read this book on Personal Branding.

 

Student deliverable:

One page report on course taken.

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April

Hunting for a Job: You are nearing the end of your service year and would soon be required to enter fully into the world of work. However, to get the job of your dream, you will need to search for it. It is however not enough to just search. You need to be guided to search in the right places and to search the right way. Be sure to work closely with your mentor to;

  1. Send out applications to identified organizations seeking for job placements in line with your desired career path.

  2. Conduct informational and mock interviews.

Student deliverables:

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May

Hunting for a Job: You are nearing the end of your service year and would soon be required to entire fully into the world of work. However, to get the job of your dream, you will need to search for it. It is however not enough to just search. You need to be guided to search in the right places and to search the right way. Be sure to work closely with your mentor to;

  1. Send out even more applications to identified organizations seeking for job placements in line with your desired career path.

  2. Conduct more informational and mock interviews.

Student deliverable:

Feedback form


June

Hunting for a Job : You are nearing the end of your service year and would soon be required to entire fully into the world of work. However, to get the job of your dream, you will need to search for it. It is however not enough to just search. You need to be guided to search in the right places and to search the right way. Be sure to work closely with your mentor to;

  1. Send out even more applications to identified organizations seeking for job placements in line with your desired career path.

  2. Conduct more informational and mock interviews.

Student deliverable:

Feedback form


August

Acquiring a Digital/ Corporate Skill : Beyond what you learnt in school and even what you learned on the job during your national service, there are certain skills you need to learn in addition. Some of these skills are in high demand and you will require them to stand out in the job market. Be sure to work closely with your mentor to take a course from Google on digital skills for Africa

Student deliverables:

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