Module 3, Unit 1: Overview

by Unre Visagie

1.1 OVERVIEW

This overview provides an overall view of what you will learn in this module.  You will find it useful to refer back to this page after completing each unit to see how the content fits into the bigger picture.

The suggested timetable for each unit is one week.  That means that you will be able to finish the unit within two months.  If you keep to this schedule, you will have two weeks at the end of this module to complete your assignment.

UNIT 1: INTRODUCTION

UNIT 2: UTILISATION OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE SELF AND PARENT INVOLVEMENT

UNIT 3:  COMMUNITY AND EMPLOYER INVOLVEMENT

UNIT 4: THE WORLD OF WORK AND THE WORK EXPERIENCE GAINED WHEN INVESTING IN YOURSELF

UNIT 5: ENTREPRENEURIAL PRACTICES AND BEHAVIOURS

UNIT 6: ASSIGNMENT 01 (PCAR03X)

1.2 INTRODUCTION

In this module you and, in future, your career seekers will be acquainted with the social network of parents, family, friends, the community and the employer.  Although knowledge of your personal qualities is very important in choosing of work linked to career building, you should also consider social networks when choosing work to build careers.  You helped the career seekers determine their own personal qualities by using Module 1 and prepared them for external communication in Module 2.  These three partners (the parent, community and employer) play an important role in supporting your final choice of work to build your career.

Since work is plentiful for competent people, you need to inform, explain and show parents, community and possible workplaces evidence of your competence. You need to know the gaps between the requirements and your competences, plan to bridge them and thus access the work of your choice.  In this regard, we agree with Nelson (1980:1) who said, “Both the individual and society must benefit when people are employed doing what they are best able to do and most enjoy …”

The people in your community and at home must understand your work preferences and traits. Support from home and the community is vital for success and access to work. The support becomes important when you or the career seeker requires access to resources, support or bridging of competencies. These processes will help you and the career seeker to communicate what you have explored and discovered in Module 1 and prepared in Module 2. Use the tutorial processes from PCAR01V/102/2007 to assist you to implement the processes and communicate them to others. You learn vital competencies via this process.  As career guide, you will pass on the communication competencies to the career seeker. Informing others will enable them to offer you support, input and often attract the resources you require for success.

Many young people often find their first job opportunities and gain work experience by simply informing and saying thank you to people in the community.

Informing parents, the community and the workplace of job opportunities available for competent people utilises the communication processes you are familiar with from Tutorials PCAR01V/102/2007 and PCAR01V/103/2007. Simply start finding reasons to say thank you to people in your family, your leaders in your community and nearby communities and people within the workplace. What are you thanking them for? It might be for the example which they have set; or it might be that they currently employ people who are helping you or who have been placed there with your help; or you might value the way in which they serve the community – any genuine aspect or action which you appreciate is a good reason to thank them for being in your life.  You will be amazed at the power of attraction a genuine “Thank you!” can generate as it often takes people by surprise. How often has anybody really seen what you have done and pointed out the value which you have added to your community? This is what your “Thank you!” tells them – they realise that they are appreciated and valued. This realisation in turn creates a context from which you can access new opportunities and may even open up further doors to such resources.

All these processes and social interaction are inherent to people. You too can be observant and find something that you appreciate in your context. You have felt the pleasure of being appreciated – even if it is with a simple heartfelt “Thank you!” In this module, you receive some guidance and support in revealing your internal personal qualities (intrapersonal qualities).  Doing this will benefit both you and the people around you.

About Unre Visagie
I am a master coach with 30 years of career and business coaching experience. I have built and sold many of my own multi-million dollar companies. I have always built my companies based on the principle of successful people make a successful company. I invest in people. As your coach you get 30 years of experience to help you do the work you love and earn the salary you want.

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