MODULE 4, UNIT 3: USING INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

by Unre Visagie

Key questions

  • Who are the people with the knowledge and resources?
  • How do you gain access to these sources of knowledge and resources?

3.1 Introduction

In Unit 2, you were provided with another tool (the careers library) for use in building and expanding as a career guidance practitioner. This unit lets you experience the processes used to access people with resources, existing infrastructures and relationships, which you can use to prepare for your presentations in the assignment (PCAR04Y: Unit 4) and the Workshops/Exhibitions in PCAR053.

3.2 People with knowledge and resources

Your on-line careers information library from the previous unit includes a heading named Relationships. You should keep an ordered list of relationships and resources you can access and utilise for clients and for yourself. Any client’s interest can be connected to associations and people locally who know people in these careers.  Simply ask people to connect you as explained in the social networking processes of PCAR01V/103.

3.2.1 National resources accessible in each municipality or metro

PCAR04Y, Unit 3, Activity 1

Here are a few links that can serve as examples of national resources that should be represented in your ward, municipality or metro.  The sites are self-explanatory.  Help your career seekers to mobilize and access the people with these resources.

Government resources

Your local province publishes information about initiatives and invites career seekers to participate.

Your local municipality

Your local business chambers, and member sites like http://www.sacob.co.za/, and the www.ahi.co.za/.

Do you see how business-networking organizations are growing across the country and the world?

  1. Add links similar to these in your own region and explain briefly, why you chose them, and in what way they can help you.  If the web information does not exist yet, use the links as guidelines to find similar information and the people who are appointed to drive the initiatives.  Simply help them and allow them to help you.  They have access to the resources that you require to do your job.
  2. Find local email addresses of representatives of these resources in these websites: (You will repeat the exercise once you are familiar with it to access many other people with resources from organizations, institutions and corporations.)
  3. Capture your personal experiences and discoveries from completing the above activities in your MiCareer Book for the CV exercises and as part of your assignments.
  4. Capture any important careers findings on your Blog or in your careers library for future reference.

Feedback:

Access, support and use this infrastructure of resources and leaders. The resources belong to the community and the people in the organisations serve the community. Help them do the work that is expected of them!  Civil, civic and business organisations have people who want to help and are ready if only they can reach the people. These people need to rely on people like you to mobilise and organise the community for them to meet the right people, in groups, that share common interests.

3.2.2 Professional bodies

All of the following professional bodies have representatives within academic institutions who assist people in accessing jobs.  They will also be able to assist you as career guide to find and explore the route that someone needs to take if he/she wishes to enter a specific job in that industry.

  • Career guidance practitioners
  • Teacher associations
  • Nursing associations
  • Accounting boards
  • Legal boards
  • Tourism boards
  • Information and communication technology associations

PCAR04Y, Unit 3, Activity 2

  1. Choose one of the above associations, identify Careers within them, and show where you found people willing to share information with you (Whether it is their knowledge, experience, or network) and explain how you would use these connections when serving future clients.
  2. Capture your personal experiences and discoveries from completing the above activities in your MiCareer Book for the CV exercises and as part of your assignments.
  3. Capture any important careers findings on your Blog or in your careers library for future reference..

Feedback

These careers can be researched through their respective associations, federations, institutes, societies, etc. They can be approached to obtain advice and information about potential career opportunities within their respective fields. If you did not find adequate information at an academic institution, such as Unisa, do not hesitate to engage in a more thorough research about the specific topic. The knowledge can only stand you in good stead in future.

3.2.3 Helping career seekers gain access to institutions of higher learning

THE MAIN WEB SITES IN RSA:

Local organizations that you as career guide can approach are:

  • CHE (Council on Higher Education)
  • SAQA (South African Qualification Authority)

Home based or community based training:

Work place training:

Further education and training:

There are also international organizations where one can study.  However, they have very strict admission requirements.  It is relatively easy to find information on any university or course by conducting a search on google.com.

PCAR04Y, Unit 3, Activity 3

  1. Choose a course of study required by a profession from the previous activity and find out what the admission requirements are, and how to apply for a bursary if available.  Choose one local university and one international one.  This is practice for assisting a client through the same process
  2. Capture your personal experiences and discoveries from completing the above activities in your MiCareerBook as part of your assignments.
  3. Capture any important careers findings on your Blog or in your careers library for future reference..

3.2.4 Career centres on the web

There are many career centres on the web. You will find them when working with Human Resource departments within companies. These sites and centres hold information about the jobs in the career seeker’s field as well as where to find them. If you can add value to people with this knowledge by introducing them to competent and willing people, you might be able to negotiate the payment of a percentage payable by the company or a placement agency.

TO GET STARTED AND INVESTIGATE THESE CENTRES:

Career information and support for students at:

Career centre:

Help the career seekers find centers relevant to their chosen work in selected industries.  Examples for:

3.2.5 Educational magazines and newspapers

All the information contained in educational magazines and newspapers can be found on the Internet with a little bit of effort.  Add these sites to your library as sites to consult when helping someone match their skills to a job.

Help the career seeker to match his/her interests to a job.  Keep in mind that they are the only experts on themselves.  The better you catalog your sites and information, the more effectively you will assist them to find their current ideal career.

PCAR04Y, Unit 3, Activity 4

  1. Open the Google web browser site www.google.co.za.
  2. Take the chosen profession from Activity 3 and find two educational magazine and newspaper sites using Google.  Use all the search tools that you have become familiar with to make your search more efficient.  For example, use Wikipedia to look up what accounting is all about (you might even find some very useful links on there).  Use this knowledge in your Google search.
  3. Capture your personal experiences and discoveries from completing the above activities in your MiCareerBook for the CV exercises and as part of your assignments.
  4. Capture any important careers findings on your Blog or in your careers library for future reference.

Feedback:

Try to let your career seekers do most of the search work.  They will probably recognise a useful site better that you can.  This is after all, their area of interest!

3.2.6 Companies/Corporations

Business entities want access to people for business and investment opportunities which will lead them to new and competent employees.  When your clients are ready and know where they want to become involved, you must use your skills to find the person a company or corporation that needs people with their specific credentials.  Then you must help them prepare a CV and arrange an appointment.

By now, you have practiced these skills extensively and now it is merely a matter of implementing them.  Remember previous activities and sites and list them in your on-line library for future use.  You can approach companies and corporations through business chambers to mobilize your career seekers.  You will do this in the assignment (Unit 4) of this module.

3.2.7 Embassies

Embassies have a lot of information about their country and their national universities. Their internal staff can also be helpful in finding jobs and identifying the skills and qualifications which their countries demand. Utilise your relationships with the local leaders (and business chambers) to make contact at an embassy. Instead of going directly to an embassy, you are making use of a trusted and reliable person/organisation and this will allow you access to further resources. Remember to take advantage of the people whose job it is to connect the community with the leaders and other resources.

Sometimes students want to know about overseas studies. Therefore, it is useful to keep information on overseas institutions. This information is freely available on the web on the homepage of each embassy. Make an appointment to see them in groups or invite them to your workshops.

Inform and invite embassies to your workshops as they have resources, both intellectual and financial, that they could provide you with.

3.3 Access to sources of information

In Section 3.2 you were presented with infrastructures and relationships that you will need to grow and help your career seekers.  This section helps you to prepare your presentation for gaining access to people with resources, existing infrastructures and relationships.

What follows is a guideline that you as career guide can follow to gain access to various sources of information.  Remember to establish and advertise yourself as on one of many career centres worldwide when making contact with job sites, associations and corporations.  Here is a tip on how to obtain access:

Workplace experience

Your goal is to access and mobilise people in your local business chambers who in turn must mobilise the local business community who they serve.  You want to provide your career seekers with the opportunity to gain workplace exposure and even arrange for first-hand experiences. Remember, once you have completed the career guidance process with your clients, they will be mobilised as career seekers.  This means that they have identified their passion, their talents, and skills and that their parents, family, friends and leaders are involved with them. The career seekers know their personal gaps that require additional training. Thus, the career seekers are engaged with programmes that will help them close the gaps and meet their future career goals.  They also know the gaps in the market which they can target and they have planned their strategies and tactics for access. Most businesses will gladly assist such people with workplace experience.

PCAR04Y, Unit 3, Activity 5

  1. What is workplace experience?  Examine the following websites about workplace experience.
  2. http://www.student.cardonald.ac.uk/pub/wpxp/intro.htm
  3. http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/brochure/stepup/coop.html
  4. Follow this case study on work place experience.
  5. Guidelines on how to keep a work place experience log.
  6. How will these websites help your career seekers make the most of their workplace experience?  Compile a short checklist for your career seekers on what they should do during their workplace experience.
  7. Capture your personal experiences and discoveries from completing the above activities in your MiCareerBook for the CV exercises and as part of your assignments.
  8. Capture any important careers findings on your Blog or in your careers library for future reference.

3.4 Conclusion

In this unit, you have learnt how you can access people with knowledge and resources by adding value to them while taking your client to new heights. In the assignment, you will use the skills you have acquired during the course to access resources and information in collaboration with people in existing organisations and institutions. These processes can be repeated and expanded. The only limits you will encounter are those that you impose on yourself. You have the tools and the ability to make a viable difference with definite intent.

We congratulate you on moving on to the final unit in PCAR04Y where you share your experiences with local committees and cement your relationships with activists and champions.  In the assignment, you will make contact with business chambers and committees to gain access to business opportunities and workplace experience.  More importantly, these contacts will start growing your career guidance network and future business.

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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