Maximum Value

Key questions

  • Why should you keep all your careers information accumulated in this course?
  • How do you keep your careers information?

2.1 INTRODUCTION

An abundance of work opportunities go begging because many potential takers do not know about them and/or do not have the competencies to take advantage of them. Information on these opportunities is available on the web and access is supported through associations, corporations, businesses and job agencies. Careers 24 is one of the sources of information and carrying out a general search on jobs in South Africa on www.google.co.za will provide further information and contacts.

Remember, one can do the work of your choice in most industries. Most people have a passion and talents in a certain type of occupation rather than in a single industry. To add maximum value to your career seeker client, you need to accumulate information about all the industries you encounter on a continuous basis. The aim of this unit is to enable you, as a career guide, to start building an on-line library using the tools introduced in this unit. You will publish a version of this library to create an automatically updating on-line resource list for you and your fellow career guides to use, in order to provide an effective service.  Update your library with the new information found as a result of each new client.  Also, make use of the information obtained on your peers’ careers libraries.  In this way, you will have access to information on web sites, which are being updated by thousands of people worldwide!

After a few months, you will be able to function by yourself, with a wide variety of websites and diverse networks filed and documented in the shape of an on-line library.

The on-line careers library will form part of your on-line ‘exhibition’ supporting the careers workshop (your final assignment in Module 5).  This on-line exhibition has the potential to provide you with worldwide resources and audiences, which you can use to raise the level of awareness of local people regarding where and how they can benefit from international knowledge and opportunities.

Since the library is meant to communicate to teachers, parents and other potential pools of clients, it will make you visible to human resource companies, business chambers and many others.  It will assist you to earn placement fees that are paid by agencies and businesses for providing them with competent and willing people to work in their specific industry.

What you compile here is the first step towards a practical marketing approach. People will be able to view your library on-line and choose to buy your services. Remember you are now not only giving your client up to date opportunities, but you are indirectly starting a service, as your client will talk to others about his/her success due to your service. This markets your services. In your own time you might want to look at marketing strategies and possibilities on the web in general and on www.wikipedia.org.

2.2 THE ON-LINE INFORMATION LIBRARY

You have already started to accumulate the necessary information in PCAR01V to PCAR03X.  Now you need to organise and adapt it to your situation and environment. PCAR04Y and PCAR053 will help you with the presentations and workshops by providing templates that you can adapt to local infrastructures, resources and organisations as career guidance entry-level stepping-stones.

However, let us focus on your first step to create your own on-line careers information library.  Remember to include local web sites and work access points to the library of information in order to prepare for up to date career exhibition workshops and career guidance relevant to the group or community with whom you are working.

Always remember to keep on updating and communicating!

Look at this very useful and thought-provoking site, used to organize practical libraries on-line.

PCAR04Y, Unit 2, Activity 1

  1. Open the Delicious online library
  2. You will find a careers library with a list of websites (some of them we have previously discussed in this course), but it also contains some new websites.  We will keep the careers.library list of bookmarks updated to keep you as career guide up to date with new tools and up to date information.  The aim of this activity is thus for you to register your own account.  Use the explanation on how to create and use a library on delicious, as a guideline and resource to create your own localized on-line careers library.
  3. The site has various tools to assist you in creating tags (categories to keep your related sites sorted) as well as tag bundles, which allow you to sort the tags into easily accessible and manageable units.  Use the Delicious online library and see what we have done there.  Remember that this is merely a guideline for you to use.
  4. This library also enables you to add people or other career guides to your network.  As a team of career guides, you can work together to keep each other updated and to provide support when working with clients.  Expand your local personal offer by using and applying all the web experience that you have gathered; register your own account with http://del.icio.us/ web site and start building on it.
  5. Delicious can become a very powerful filing and sharing tool which will keep you up to date with the newest and most relevant websites.  As a team, you can thus keep all the information up to date as well as help one another with queries and searches.
  6. Capture your personal experiences and discoveries while completing the above activities in your MiCareerBook for the CV exercises and assignments.

Feedback:

You are now ready to keep on building your own library, containing information for career access workshops and on how to help others create their own libraries of resources with opportunities for work access. The career workshops are intended to show the progression from the start of work access towards and including growth at work.  This process of progression is shown in PCAR01V through to PCAR053:

  • PCAR01V: Theme research: Personality, aptitude, interest, values and careers in which you create awareness, engage, explore, discover, plan.
  • PCAR02W: Data gathering, analysis and interpretation in which you prepare for communication.
  • PCAR03X: Parent, community, employer involvement and entrepreneurship in which you meet the people and practise communication.
  • PCAR04Y: Career path information and careers exhibition in which you prepare the story, exhibition and workshops for work access process.
  • PCAR053: Holistic approach to community based career guidance in which you connect people into learning, working and earning.

You can catalogue your library according to this progression.

2.3 CONCLUSION

Keep your libraries going and use it as an on-line exhibition, ready at a moment’s notice. It will help you with workshops and on-line exhibition preparation. It will grow into a formidable source of information that will, in time, enable you to help people on an on-line basis. This also enables you to help many people simultaneously.  The level of your network and your information foundation will determine your level of success.  You should therefore keep on growing your on-line library for as long as you are involved with career guidance.

Align with the company and customer for maximum career growth
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But I’m still not sure if I understand the concept of alignment well enough. Can you tell me more about it?
The process of alignment with the company and customer to obtain the maximum value addition and growth, entails the management of three important factors:
The “personal passions” of the individual. This refers to interests, skills and aptitudes of the individual at the time of recruitment.
The “company’s business needs” are to create wealth for all its stakeholders and to grow and develop its team members and employees to their maximum potential.
The “customers and their expectations” which in general are to obtain reliable and cost-effective products and services in order to satisfy the needs of the customer’s customers. Satisfying these expectations constitute the challenge and opportunity for our company to build our business.
The ideal is to strive to maximize the area of overlap of the customer, your company, and the individual.
The concept of alignment can be explained as follows:
The individual employee brings talents, knowledge and skills into the company. The customer has a need for products and services. The company has systems and processes in place directed at bringing its products and services to the customer.
With an increased communication of yourself, your team and the company, you can identify what value you can add in achieving the company’s goals and objectives and what changes you need to make in order to be most effective in your job.
The company exists because of customer needs. The individual contributes talents, knowledge and skills to the system and processes of the company. The main focus of business is the arena of overlap between the individual, the company and the customer.
Now I see…to grow your contribution you need to understand:
Your needs and skills growth
The company’s dynamics
The customer’s dynamics and needs
In order to align ourselves with the company and customers, each of us has to look into our behavioral patterns, response models, values and drivers. This will become clearer as we proceed.

Align with the company and customer for maximum career growth

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But I’m still not sure if I understand the concept of alignment well enough. Can you tell me more about it?

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I Answer

The process of alignment with the company and customer to obtain the maximum value addition and growth, entails the management of three important factors:

w&t_ch3_b_smallvenn1 The “personal passions” of the individual. This refers to interests, skills and aptitudes of the individual at the time of recruitment.

w&t_ch3_b_smallvenn2 The “company’s business needs” are to create wealth for all its stakeholders and to grow and develop its team members and employees to their maximum potential.

w&t_ch3_b_smallvenn3 The “customers and their expectations” which in general are to obtain reliable and cost-effective products and services in order to satisfy the needs of the customer’s customers. Satisfying these expectations constitute the challenge and opportunity for our company to build our business.

w&t_ch3_b_smallvenn4 The ideal is to strive to maximize the area of overlap of the customer, your company, and the individual.

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I Explain

The concept of alignment can be explained as follows:

The individual employee brings talents, knowledge and skills into the company. The customer has a need for products and services. The company has systems and processes in place directed at bringing its products and services to the customer.

With an increased communication of yourself, your team and the company, you can identify what value you can add in achieving the company’s goals and objectives and what changes you need to make in order to be most effective in your job.

The company exists because of customer needs. The individual contributes talents, knowledge and skills to the system and processes of the company. The main focus of business is the arena of overlap between the individual, the company and the customer.

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I Ask

Now I see…to grow your contribution you need to understand:

  • Your needs and skills growth
  • The company’s dynamics
  • The customer’s dynamics and needs
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I Advise

In order to align ourselves with the company and customers, each of us has to look into our behavioral patterns, response models, values and drivers. This will become clearer as we proceed.

Effective team skills
Equip a team with effective team skills for maximum contribution
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You have often referred to Teams and Team Members.
What must I do to become an effective team member?
A team is composed of a number of individuals
working towards a common goal.
In the life of any team certain needs or problems crop up from
time to time. Sometimes a need for creativity arises;
issues arise that need to be resolved within the team;
different interests or points of view have to be reconciled to ensure maximum gain.
Equipping each team member with effective Team Skills will ensure maximum contribution by each member to the team process and ensure that the team adds maximum value to the customer and other stakeholders … And ultimately adds value to themselves.
Once again we present a MIND MAP to guide us on a journey through the most important principles which effective team members should master.
Remember however that an understanding of all the other skills described in this book are essential for the effective operation of teams.
Effective team skills:
The Issue Resolution model
The Six Thinking Hats
Win-Win Negotiation for maximum joint gain
Common problems with meetings
Conflict management
Creative and objective problem solving
Decision making model

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team player skills

Effective Team Player Skills

Equip team members with effective team player skills for maximum contribution

(See also: Seven habits of highly successful people)

Effective team skills

This info sheet work in a question and answer fashion. First we ask the most common question on team player skills and then provide answers with detailed explanations.

team player skills

Ask

You have often referred to Teams and Team Members.

What must I do to become an effective team member?

team member skills

Answer

A team is composed of a number of individuals working towards a common goal.

In the life of any team certain needs or problems crop up from time to time. Sometimes a need for creativity arises, issues arise that need to be resolved within the team, different interests or points of view have to be reconciled to ensure maximum gain.

effective team working skills

Effective Team Working Skills

Equipping each team member with effective team skills will ensure maximum contribution by each member to the team process and ensure that the team adds maximum value to the customer and other stakeholders … And ultimately adds value to themselves.

effective team member

Explain

We provide a list of effective team member skills below to guide you on a journey through the most important principles that effective team members should master.

An understanding of all the other skills mentioned below are essential for the effective operation of teams.

Effective team skills