MEET NIA

2019-07-26

Nia* is one of over 2000 top graduates who participated in the South African Graduate Employer Association’s 2019 Candidate Insights research.  We can learn a great deal from Nia in terms of how she has spent her time at University, how she went about her job search and what is important to her in making career-related deci

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SAGEA BENCHMARKING DATA MAXIMIZING YOUR BENEFITS

2019-06-03

We hope you are feeling the same sense of excitement and anticipation that we experience each year as we are on the brink of releasing the latest SAGEA Employer Benchmark and Candidate Insights data and reports?  We will be hosting Quarterly Networking Events around the country during the week of 18-21 June to share the latest insights with

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RESEARCH OF INTEREST – YOUNG TALENT SKILLS WISHLIST – IS IT TIME FOR A RETHINK?

2019-05-03

Many of you will already be in the thick of career fairs and securing your graduate intake for 2020 and beyond – but is it, perhaps, time for us to pause and think about the skills we have always looked for in the young talent we employ?  A recent blog by Tristam Hooley, Chief Research Officer of our sister organisation in the United

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RESEARCH OF INTEREST – WHY ARE WE SEEING AN INCREASE IN THE USE OF CAREER COACHES AMONG YOUNG TALENT?

2019-03-26

The 2018 SAGEA Candidate Insights survey among over 2000 recently-employed young professionals revealed an interesting trend around the use of Career Advisors with 40% of respondents indicating that they had made use of a Career Advisor, compared to only 12% the previous year.  We decided to investigate possible reasons behind this trend

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RESEARCH OF INTEREST – UNIVERSITY RANKINGS REVISITED

2019-02-27

We have featured two previous articles on global university rankings – the first written in 2015 and the second in 2017.  We have re-visited the three rankings we looked at to see what has improved or changed.

There are now as many as twenty different sources of university ranking information available – no doubt u

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Research of interest – our education system: Sobering statistics and key principles for improvement

2019-01-29

The ASRI (Auwal Socio-Economic Research Institute) have just released a short paper on education policy written by Jamie-Lee Dormehl who is completing her Master’s in research psychology at North-West University.  The paper is entitled, “The state of our education system and principles for improvement” – to say th

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2019 Young Talent Recruitment Strategy: 6 Quick Wins

2018-12-07

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JOB SECURITY AS A PRIORITY FOR YOUNG TALENT

2018-11-02

We recently came across a NACE (the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the US-equivalent of SAGEA) article entitled, “Job Security tops students’ wish list”.  The article highlights the results of the NACE 2018 Student Survey report and shows that 83% of students indicated that job security is the most impo

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THE NEW EMPLOYEE ECONOMY – DON’T GET LEFT BEHIND!

2018-10-02

“The fourth industrial revolution”, “Gigpreneurship” and “side-hustles” are buzzwords we have recently learned – the “New Employee Economy” is the latest phrase I have encountered, and I found myself having to read up on what it meant.   Having done my homework I can assure you t

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KORN FERRY HR EXEC SURVEY: PERCENTAGE OF CONTINGENT, OR ‘GIG ECONOMY’ PROFESSIONALS IN COMPANIES GROWING; HR LEADERS SAY THAT'S A GOOD THING

2018-10-02

A recent survey of Human Resource (HR) professionals by Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) shows the percentage of contingent or “gig economy” professionals working in organisations is growing and that growth is expected to continue. The reasons, according to the survey, include cost savings, access to high-calibre talent and ease of managing

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UCT EPIC CAREER EXPO: AN ALL-ROUND SUCCESS

2018-08-30

2018 saw the UCT Careers Service ring major changes when it comes to connecting employers with young talent.  Up until this year the University ran as many as seven different career fairs – aimed at graduates from different faculties.  Whilst this approach was undoubtedly successful, some employers found themselves traveling b

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THE SAGEA 2018 CANDIDATE SURVEY: WHAT ARE CANDIDATES TELLING US?

2018-07-23

A quick comparison between the overall data in our 2017 and 2018 surveys highlights a few areas of change in terms of what candidates are telling us – what are these changes and what might they mean for employers?

Student Debt

Student fees have been a hot topic over the last 2-3 years with the #FeesMustFall campaig

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THE IMPACT OF FEE-FREE TERTIARY EDUCATION ON EXISTING SCHOLARSHIP AND CORPORATE BURSARY FUNDING

2018-05-03

Our Institutions of Higher Learning (HEI’s) have welcomed Government’s planned initiative to phase in fee-free tertiary education for students from households earning less than R350 000 per annum.  University funding models are understandably complex and there is no doubt that the Institutions themselves, as well as stud

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KORN FERRY STUDY REVEALS TALENT SHORTAGE COULD THREATEN BUSINESS GROWTH IN EMEA

2018-05-03

Study Indicates Potential Talent Deficit of 14.3 Million Workers in the Region by 2030- $1.906 Trillion Revenue Opportunity Potentially Lost if Talent Shortage Not Addressed

London, 2 May, 2018 – Already a major issue, skilled talent shortages will continue to impede growth and if not addressed, could have a

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TOP 10 TIPS FOR SURVIVING CAMPUS RECRUITMENT

2018-05-03

We have shared this with you before – but here is a reminder of the do’s and don’ts as you travel the country visiting career fairs: If you are new to the industry you will probably have been told all the standard top tips to survive career fair season (like wear comfy shoes, drink plenty of water and take throat spray/

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UNILEVER LEVELUP! WITH US ON THEIR DIGITAL CAMPAIGN WIN

2018-03-21

This month we caught up with Azvir Rampursad (Employer Brand Lead at Unilever) and his team comprising Jade Fortuin, Lead for Digital Attraction and Cindy Cairncross, Lead for Strategic Partnerships and Programmes, to learn more about their SAGEA 2017 Award win in the digital category.  Not only have Unilever deployed a winning digital c

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Werksmans Attorneys Award Winning Centennial Campaign

2018-02-08

Werksmans Attorneys scooped the 2017 SAGEA Award for the best Integrated Campaign in the category for larger employers.  We caught up with Shesnee Naidoo, Graduate Manager, Recruitment and Development, to learn more about the origins, activation and success of their multi-faceted campaign.  

Key Elements of the Campa

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Standard Bank: Lessons from 21 years of graduate programmes

2017-12-19

At last month’s biennial SAGEA Conference Tamsyn Els, Head of Young Talent at Standard Bank, shared a presentation entitled, “21 years of Graduate Programme, the story in numbers”.  We took time out to chat to Tamsyn and gain further insight into the lessons Standard Bank has learned from 21 years of graduate programme.

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South African Universities - What has happened to our global rankings between 2015 and 2017?

2017-10-09

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There are three different sources of global university rankings most often used by employers – each with a slightly different approach to measuring and ranking universities and each using varied methodologies to arrive at these rankings. 

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Why your development value proposition is critical: 10 Years and 17 835 graduates

2017-08-25

 

We have been running our annual SAGEA Candidate Insights study since 2008 and have built significant data around trends in the areas of graduate recruitment and development based on feedback from a total of 17 835 students! Interestingly, a review of the data reveals that there is a high degree of consistency in gr

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UCT GRADUATES A CUT ABOVE THE REST – Story by Kate-Lyn Moore. Photo by Michael Hammond

2017-07-22

UCT graduates remain highly sought after. The 2016 graduate exit survey uncovered a consistently high rate of employment for graduates.

2016 saw the continuation of widespread protest action at South African institutions of higher learning, but these challenges have not tarnished UCT graduates

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Universum most attractive employer rankings: What are the key messages for employers?

2017-06-16

Following the release of the Universum Most Attractive Employer Rankings on the 11th of May we caught up with Jenali Skuse to uncover some of the nuances around what this year’s results are telling employers.  Jenali has been with Universum for five years and is both the South African Country Manager and an Employer Branding Consul

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Rotational Programmes: A comparison with international trends and the relationship between these programmes and retention

2017-05-05

A recent article published by NACE discusses the relationship between rotation programmes for graduates and their positive effect on retention rates.  The NACE 2016 Recruiting Benchmark Survey was conducted among 233 NACE Employer members and revealed that employers who offer their graduates a rotational programme reported elevated reten

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How do companies engage and retain the Millennial generation?

2017-03-27

Millennials, who are currently aged between 20 and 36, make up an increasingly large proportion of today’s workforce.  There are many negative stereotypes of this generation – perceived as the “me, me, me” generation they are sometimes characterised as entitled, lazy and focused on instant gratificatio

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What underlies the protesting students’ anger? Part 3: What will it take to make University teaching-and-learning effective and fair for the full range of the student body?

2017-03-03

– by Emeritus Professor Ian Scott

Recap of the argument thus far

The key points argued in Parts 1 and 2 of this article are as follows:

The persistently high and racially skewed failure rates in higher education are a major but largely unacknowledged contributor to the anger and alienation underlyi

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What underlies the protesting students’ anger? Part 2: Where must responsibility for improving Higher Education lie?

2017-01-24

by Emeritus Professor Ian Scott

Recap of the argument thus far

Part One of this article outlined the view of a range of commentators that the student protest movement that has emerged since 2015 is not homogeneous but comprises different groups with different primary interests and motivations. I argued, however, that the persis

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What underlies the protesting students’ anger? Part 1: Lack of success as a key cause of alienation – by Emeritus Professor Ian Scott

2016-11-29

Introduction

Many observers of the Rhodes Must Fall and Fees Must Fall student protests that have impacted on South African universities since 2015 have been struck – often shocked – by the level of anger that has welled up among the protesters and at times spilt over into verbal abuse and acts of violence, destruction and int

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PROFILING SAGEA MEMBERS

2016-10-09

Chantell Wilson, Talent Management Consultant, Capitec

Chantell is a true example of Capitec’s HR philosophy of recruiting for talent and training for skill. She started out as a Data Capturer and worked her way up to her current position as a Talent Management Consultant. As part of the Talent Management team, Chantell is primarily

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GRADUATE RECRUITMENT DOESN’T ONLY HAVE TO BE ABOUT CAREER FAIRS!

2016-10-09

In last month’s newsletter we mentioned that we would provide you with information on how to access students at our Institutions of Higher Learning outside of the Career Fair season.  In compiling this information we have received feedback from a number of Institutions and note that there are several different methods that Employer

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Managing Corporate Reputation – critical to employee attraction and engagement

2016-09-02

According to the 2016 SAGEA Candidate Insights survey 85% of candidates feel that an Employer’s reputation is “very important” when deciding where to apply and which employer to join.  68% will consider your reputation for ethical, environmental and corporate social behaviour before applying to you and 69% will weigh up

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Profiling SAGEA Members

2016-07-31

Caroline Berns, Head of Talent Acquisition sub-Saharan Africa, Ericsson

Caroline works as part of a global team at Ericsson so spending half an hour chatting to me via a Lync meeting connection was not in any way foreign to her and we quickly established a rapport!  As Ericsson’s Head of Talent Acquisition for sub-Sahara

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UCT Careers Service Ranked #2 in Global Universum Career Satisfaction Survey

2016-07-29

David Casey, Director of the UCT Careers Service was in for a huge surprise when he attended the Universum Future of Talent Summit held in Stockholm in June this year.  Unbeknown to him the UCT Careers Service was ranked #2 in the first globally benchmarked Universum Career Satisfaction Survey, as voted by UCT students.  The survey

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Profiling SAGEA Members

2016-06-23

This month we have chosen to profile two of our members – Tracey Ashington of RMB has been a SAGEA member for several years and was awarded the SAGEA Graduate Recruiter of the Year in 2015 – we found out why!  Our second profile is of Juanita Sukhdeo, Learning and Development Manager at AFGRI who joined SAGEA very recently an

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Bursary and Scholarship Schemes - Why you should be measuring your throughput and how to improve your overall pass rate

2016-05-11

Building on much of the research and best practice we have already shared with members around the management of bursary programmes we embarked on a snap survey that dug a little deeper into how Employers are measuring the throughput of bursary holders – if they measure it at all.  The survey was completed by 20 respondents and 3 qu

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How Career Fair Ready are you? 8 Best Practice tips for Career Fair Success

2016-03-22

Sources:  NACE, “Prepare for the Fair” and AGR’s “Top 10 Tips”

Career Fair season is upon us!  Our best practice tips will help you to achieve success and get the most out of career fairs.

1.       Make the most of your time on Campus

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Unconscious Bias - What is it? How do we identify it? What can we do to avoid it?

2016-02-23

The early part of 2016 has seen much ado about racism on social media and in our local press.  Racism is, of course, a highly sensitive issue and is often viewed subjectively.  It was fortuitous, therefore, that I recently participated in an informative webinar which was offered by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR). 

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Using students as recruitment ambassadors to extend your reach - insights into what ambassadors can do for your brand on campus and how to run a successful programme. Part Two.

2016-01-13

In our December newsletter we shared part one of this two part series with you.  Part One covered essential considerations when formulating a brand ambassador programme such as: how to select ambassadors; what training they will require; how to set goals and measure performance; how to remunerate and reward ambassadors, how to avoid any

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Using students as recruitment ambassadors to extend your reach - insights into what ambassadors can do for your brand on campus and how to run a successful programme. Part One.

2015-12-08

The use of students and staff as brand ambassadors for recruitment has grown significantly over the last 3-4 years as employers search for smart ways of breaking through the campus “noise and clutter” and engaging with students who, at best, pay only partial attention.  But how do ambassador programmes work, how should you se

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The Nuts and Bolts of Selecting the Right Candidate Management System for Your Business Lessons Learned

2015-11-02

This month we take a look at the difference between an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) and a Candidate Relationship Management (CRM) tool.  We will also shed light on some important questions such as – how do you choose the right system for your business?  Do you need both an ATS and a CRM system or will just one suffice? 

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Developing Employability and Career-Mindedness In Students With Limited Resources

2015-09-29

David Casey, Director of UCT’s Career Service kindly gave up some time this week to chat to me about the challenge of developing career-mindedness among large numbers of students – with limited Career Service resources.  The UCT Careers Service office are extremely focused in their mission to “support the career develop

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Getting To Know Our Sagea Board Members

2015-08-30

In this newsletter we feature our four SAGEA Board members.  Although profiled on the SAGEA website we would like to share a light hearted view of these amazing women – and YES, as we celebrate women’s month how proud we can be to have our Board positions occupied by successful women!

Our SAGEA Board members are:

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Candidate Job Search Behaviour

2015-07-30

In this article we examine trends in candidate job search behaviour by analysing and comparing information gleaned from the 2013, 2014 & 2015 SAGEA Candidate Surveys and share insights with you on how this might impact you as an Employer.

Topics to be discussed in this article include:

When do students begin t

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University Rankings What are they and how are South African Universities Ranked?

2015-06-15

There are three different sources of global University Rankings – each with a slightly different approach to measuring and ranking universities and each using varied methodologies to arrive at these rankings.  This means, of course, that the same University will attain a different global ranking, depending on which survey you are l

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