“The work readiness workshops assisted me with my telephone skills and etiquette in dealing professionally with clients. My greatest achievement to date is the fact that I was able to get a permanent job through my internship. I would like to grow in the company and work my way up the corporate ladder!” says Roxanne Michielies who completed her NCV Marketing Level 4 programme at EMC in 2014. She would like to advise prospective interns to be grateful for the work-experience arranged by the EMC CDC and to always excel in your internship. This might open doors to your future career.
Roxanne registered on the CDC database for post course placement as she required work experience to complement her studies in Marketing. She was immediately assisted with streamlining her CV and was prepared for the corporate world through a work-readiness preparation workshop. This workshop assists students with their initial transition from learner to intern in the workplace.
She was soon appointed as an intern at Smollan, an international company which provides retail solutions for brand management to clients across five continents. Whilst on the internship she was approached by Danone Premier, a subsidiary company within Smollan, to apply for a permanent position as a receptionist. Due to her professional conduct, positive attitude and eagerness to grow she was successfully appointed in this position. Today she does not only man the reception desk, but also conducts marketing-related price surveys, provides feedback to clients and is exposed to field sales and retail execution processes within the company.
This is just one of the success stories of an EMC student being placed in industry. The EMC Career Development Centre prides itself in what our learners are able to achieve, and what they are capable of doing once they have completed their studies!
The Career Development Centre was established in 2013, to provide the following services to students studying at EMC:
· Forming of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) partnerships with industry , SETA’s and local Government Departments for placement of learners in industry, in order for them to gain relevant work-experience which is aligned to their qualification .
· Coordinating placements of learners for Internships, Learnerships and Apprenticeships, thereby actively identifying and selecting suitable workplaces which are able to host our post-course learners from EMC, in order to gain their workplace experience aligned to their qualification.
· Securing funding or training for internships through SETA’s or other Youth Development initiatives.
· Provide Work-Readiness workshops and Skills preparation activities for students who are still in the process of completing their studies at EMC.
· Support the Academic Division (EATS) in recruiting host employers who are able to place our learners for their on-course Work-Based-Experience and our lecturers for Workplace Based Exposure.