Peer Group

4.1 BACKGROUND

In the changing world of work there is almost unlimited work available for people with the right competencies. How does it happen that people are perpetually complaining that there is not enough work to do? Perhaps the problem lies with the skills and competencies a person has to offer to the workplace. This means that you need to gain the right competencies along with work access and work experience in order to ensure a job for yourself (and your future clients). You can do this by exposing yourself to different work situations and by doing work with people who are already have a measure of success in their work situation.

This unit illustrates the importance and reasons for you and your clients to work with someone. Preferably this should be someone close to you or someone who is one level superior to you as you will have to take up some of their time in the workplace and time is money!

How do you convince them that you are serious about your mission? Show them that you and your career seekers are doing peer group learning and need to learn with them (Module 1). The benefits that they will get out of the experience are personal growth from explaining and talking about their jobs and they can earn money from recruitment and placement fees. You need to empower them to share their work experience with you. Remind them that we are always the owners of our own choices and actions. Their decision to allow you to enter their world of work (as an observer) can make or break you (and your future clients). Our beliefs and attitudes keep us doing what we are currently doing. You can tactfully point out to them that you would not have approached them if you did not know/believe that they are successful role models whom you would like to follow and you know they are certain of their success and will not be threatened by your presence in their work situation.  Refer back to the attitude module (PCAR 01W Unit 5) in order to use the information which you studied to strengthen your argument and to convince them of your seriousness.

Don’t we often wait for something to happen and then we are disappointed when nothing happens or no one intervenes to change our circumstances? Now you are in the process of getting the tools which make it possible for you to choose to take action and make a difference to your own life and to the lives of others!

You can to refer to stratification and communities in PCAR3X Unit 3 to remind yourself of what separates the rich and the poor.  It is beliefs and habits which include lack of exposure to different work situations. If you decide to create work related experiences for yourself and others, you have demonstrate an attitude of, “I can” vs. one of “They must” in which you sit back and wait for opportunities to come to you.

The difference between South Africa and the United States of America is that South Africans often see work as punishment and something to be avoided. This statement is based on the personal experience of many of our family and friends who have visited or immigrated to the United States. This is prevalent among many young people across all the races. A young South African who only gets his/her first work experience at the age of 18 or higher is literally 3-5 years behind their average American counterpart who will start working in low level minimum wage jobs as early as 15 years. They build up references and preferences from an early age which enable them to make more informed and reliable choices by the time they reach the age of 18. Follow the link below and briefly familiarise yourself with the concept of work ethics and the difference it can make to an individual and a country.  Unfortunately, it is difficult for young people to become productive because of unique factors in our country but it is up to you as career guide practitioner to be part of the solution.

4.2 FACTS REGARDING ACCESS TO THE PRESENT AND FUTURE WORLD OF WORK

Competencies determine where and if you can enter the world of work.  However, you also need to become aware of the facts regarding the present and future world of work AND increase your knowledge and skills regarding the present and future world of work to change people’s opportunities.

All the motivation and reasons for knowledge acquisition are found in the reports in Activity 1 below. These reports are published every year and they keep you up to date with the size and nature of our gaps. Both reports state that access to knowledge and the ability to grasp or interpret that knowledge is the key separator or stratifier between rich and poor.

PCAR03X, Unit 4, Activity 1

  1. Download the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report and view the gaps between rich and poor to become aware of the level and reasons why the rich and poor stay apart.  Consider how this knowledge can assist you in motivating people to gain the competencies and join the successful communities and societies matched to their personal choices of industry and work. You will use the same techniques to convince career seekers to build bridges and make their own plans for work access and growth.
  2. Discuss what you have learnt with your study colleagues.
  3. Use Dictionary and Wikipedia or Google search to explore and discover matching areas. Remember that you are exploring and discovering. The information will inspire you to think about the manner in which you formulate questions that you ask your clients. It should also create an awareness of the level at which you function.
  4. Answer the following questions:
  • How can you use the above information to convince people we are separated by what we know and by our exposure? Write down two specific uses for each.
  • Think about a structured way to use the information to enthuse people into taking action. Write down two actions they can take right now!

Capture your personal experiences and discoveries in your MiCareerBook for the CV exercises. Record your experiences while completing the above activities in your MiActivity Book as part of your assignments.

Feedback:

You should now know that all resources are readily available and accessible by people with workplace exposure and requisite competencies. If you approach a company or government with no experience or no qualifications asking for help, they will most certainly not pay much attention to you let alone give you access to resources. If you, however, approach them with a plan with experience or with credible qualifications, they will see you as part of the solution to a problem and not the problem itself. You thus come with the support of the leaders in your community and/or a company or institution which makes you a safer investment rather than a risky expense. As career guidance practitioner you should be able to see where you fit in and how you should present yourself as part of the solution and not the problem.

This is the way in which you should gain access and exposure to work opportunities:

  • Awareness through engagement and exposure [please refer to unit in which student was taught to do this],
  • Acquire knowledge about the workplace
  • ICT competencies and access by using the web (World Wide Web or WWW)
  • Communication competencies and communication with leaders
  • Relationships with working people and leaders
  • Practice in peer groups at home and with friends

The working people in your close proximity form part of the broader successful community. They have access to their workplace and from there can generate further access for you to investigate.

The gaps in the CV/resumes of those not finding jobs clearly show that they have not shown initiative to gain work experience. Remember that if you start as a poorly paid messenger, this does not mean you will stay at that level for the rest of your life.  Typical gaps in a CV are regarding the following competencies:

  • Access to knowledge
  • Past experience or exposure enabling one to grasp and apply the knowledge.
  • English language comprehension and a reading speed of at least 250 words a minute and with an 85% comprehension score
  • Internet access to access the knowledge
  • A desire to serve others to build relationships in chosen communities of industry, expertise and support
  • Knowledge of the gaps and a plan to bridge these gaps.

When you yourself as PCAR student have mastered these competencies, you are guaranteed access to a vast range of job opportunities. In turn, you can now guide career seekers to help them highlight their gaps and find the solutions by filling the gaps. Remember always show the solution first.

PCAR03X, Unit 4, Activity 2

  1. How can you facilitate access to the world of work for career seekers?
  2. Opportunities are almost limitless for the right competencies.  However, how do you use self-drive and self-education to get there?  In addition, what opportunities exist with the necessary resources and structures?
  3. Discuss what you learnt with your study colleagues.
  4. Use Dictionary, Wikipedia or Google and
  5. Answer the following questions:
  • How can a better work ethic benefit both young and old? Name two factors for each (Refer back to Module 1 Unit 5 to recap values).
  • Taking the above information into account, make a list of five prominent gaps that you yourself have in your own personal CV. With the new knowledge, give five solutions to filling those gaps. These can include further education, more work experience or extending your network.

Capture your personal experiences and discoveries in your MiCareerBook for the CV exercises. Record your experiences while completing the above activities in your MiActivity Book as part of your assignments.

Feedback:

Do you agree that:

  • People are isolated from work opportunities through the lack of communication skills, ownership for themselves and clear plans of action to bridge the divide?
  • Jobs, resources, opportunities and challenges are freely available in South Africa?
  • Your own awareness and courage to use the resources to fill the gaps in your CV is all that was missing? If you feel that you still are not sure how to fill the gaps in your CV, you need to work through this module again, and specifically mention your problem in your MiActivityBook.

4.3 SOLUTIONS TO THE CURRENT SITUATION

We often make the mistake of concerning ourselves with the problem to such an extent that even the solution eventually becomes part of the problem. The above information should get you into a solution based frame of mind, where the focus does not lie in defining the problem but rather in finding a logical solution. Such a solution should provide a means to an end. The solution is simple in its essence but complex in its implementation.

It is up to you as career guidance practitioner to

  • Use the tools you have acquired in previous exercises to increase an individual’s awareness of the opportunities around him/her.
  • Guide him/her regarding what needs to be done and how to take advantage of the solutions.
  • Instil an attitude of personal ownership, planning and initiating.
  • Help the career seeker to approach his/her leaders and those with resources with a plan that warrants attention and success.
  • Introduce people to the internet and its benefits.
  • Mobilise your community.
  • Help people realise the value embedded in their extending communities.

4.4 HOW TO THRIVE IN THE NEW WORLD OF WORK

The economy grows to accommodate all people. This is due to the new world of work’s ability to change rapidly. Type “economy grows with competencies” into Google search and see what happens!

“The world of work is changing”. Type this phrase into Google; choose some web sites that interest you.  Can you see how much the workplace has changed, and the fun you can have once you understand this? However, if you do not embrace change and prepare for continuous change, it is not exciting and exhilarating but threatening. Be aware of change, stay with it, and drive it. When you initiate change, you will always be at its forefront. Otherwise, you might become the victim of change and by doing so you set yourself up to be left behind. This is the nature of the new world of work. The only way you can stay ahead is by keeping yourself up to date with the latest knowledge and growth trends within your chosen profession or industry.

PCAR03X, Unit 4, Activity 3

  1. View the changing world of work web site and view the preparation required for the new world of work. There are limitless jobs and business opportunities for people with the right competencies.  Consider how it can assist you in motivating people to gain the competencies and to join successful communities and societies. Which are matched to their personal choices of industry and work?  You will use the same techniques to help career seekers to build bridges and make their own plans for work access and growth.
  2. Discuss what you learnt with your study colleagues.
  3. Use Dictionary and Wikipedia or Google search to explore and discover matching areas. Remember that you are exploring and discovering. The information will inspire you to think about the manner in which you formulate questions that you ask your clients. It should also create an awareness of the level at which you function.
  4. Answer the following questions:
  • How can you use the above information to convince people that everyone can know what they want and plan for the new world of work? Write down two specific uses for each.
  • Think about a structured way to use the information to enthuse people to take action. Write down two actions they can take right now! An example is creating motivation through relevant information and exposure.

Capture your personal experiences and discoveries in your MiCareerBook for the CV exercises. Record your experiences while completing the above activities in your MiActivity Book as part of your assignments.

Feedback:

Module 4 guides you to help your clients implement what they learned from you about the aspects of the self, skills and knowledge. You and your clients will:

  • Grow your awareness of the world of work
  • Grow your knowledge to access the world of work
  • Use ICT for communication and access to the WWW (to keep moving life long)
  • Communicate using understandable English and suitable numeracy
  • Build relationships with people in work and with right resources
  • Make a contribution to others close to you
  • Practise these skills at home, with friends and use them in the work place.

Is this a difficult task? Not if you serious about becoming a worthwhile career guidance practitioner. The easy things you can do immediately to prepare, enter, and thrive in the new world of work are described and explained from Module 1 through to where we are now. We were careful to ensure that you and your career seeker clients can master each step. Here are the steps you need to take:

1.         The first step is for you to believe what you have read and learnt in PCAR.

2.         The next step is to help other people come to similar conclusions and realisations.

4.5 CONCLUSION

You now know there are many jobs available in South Africa. People who come to you as clients seeking jobs should also know this. You know that specific competencies coupled with an action plan ensure access to jobs. Your clients need to know this too. In order to do this, you must help your clients become aware of their work preferences and to be knowledgeable about their industry of choice, specifically their work of choice within that industry.  Then you should assist them to plan a written work access plan which they are prepared to follow and implement.

At this stage of the Programme for Career Guidance Practitioners, you know enough about the world of work to give your clients a vision of themselves in a specific job in the world of work. The competencies which you have acquired for yourself as career guidance practitioner will set you on the path to join successful people. Your success helps you to invest in the future of others and achieve further personal success! Just like Bill Gates did.

Update: Click here if you are considering a midlife career change.

Find and grow careers of your choice or be able to change careers.

It is freely available!

Peer group leader makes money?

Workshop for mobilized peer groups. PoE included.

Then a peer group leader takes over workshops country wide.

Readingsoft document for fluency in the career area.

Vendor documentation.

The processes will let you will:

  1. Get the tools, knowledge and processes to enter any career
  2. Get connected to companies with the work place of your choice.
  3. Grow in the work place of your choice.
  4. Sustain your knowledge by practicing the processes with people around you.

Implement the following processes for a career you want or thought of. The processes will get you ready to search for your personal matched ideal career in an industry that is growing.

The same processes are applied to any or all careers, study choices and changing careers! Once you experienced the process you can apply the processes to implement any choice or change in careers.

The www.ebio.co.za web site and services support you through your work life career growth and changes.

Processes that get you ready to choose and enter any career.

1.        Find access to the Internet. 1

2.        GET TO THE INTERNET AND: 2

3.        Information on Marketing careers 2

4.        Find work experience in the career of your choice: 3

5.        Accelerate with groups 4

6.        Accelerate with the organized web coaching. 4

7.        Repeat the processes for any career or career change. 4

8.        Related careers 4

1. Find access to the Internet.

Access Internet by asking someone you know; someone you know who knows someone; a business in the nearest town or your municipality offices.

(If you have access to Internet, make sure you have the internet assistance to do the career processes.)

(On the web sites: Grow your income and career faster and more certain: On ebio and Treetop you can signup for FURTHER assistance coaching you to gain knowledge, find work access, gain competencies and keeping the job. R100 per month you join groups on Skype or telephone to be assisted in advanced processes to learn and grow competencies. You keep on accelerating with us. Get coached for life to handle your boss, grow careers and even start businesses once you are experienced in the industry!)

2. GET TO THE INTERNET AND:

  • Let a person who knows Internet help you search for information on the career you want at this time.
  • Let them help you to type, click and drag. You learn to use computers and the Internet! Have a look at: http://www.ebio.co.za/toolbox/how-to-access-the-internet.html
  • Let them help you get a Gmail address as on http://www.ebio.co.za/toolbox/internet-and-computer-basics.html#gmail
  • Open an email, address it yourself and use the space to capture what you find.
  • You will send it to yourself and Google will keep it safe forever.
  • You will use the information by repeating the steps as you grow.
  • Work in small groups of three to help each other grow. Advance the group processes with http://www.ebio.co.za/toolbox/group-processes.html

You can grow by helping others do the same process you did.

Remember that

  • Once started any career, you can always change since you know how to.
  • You will grow your knowledge, relationships in the industry of choice and start working – guaranteed!
  • You will find all the tolls you require to bridge any gaps.
  • You will formalize and accelerate your career with formal education.

Examples for many careers are given. If your interest is not in the list, follow the procedure from any example while you use words describing your own interests.

3. Information on Marketing careers

www.ebio.co.za

Use Google search – it is clean and does not bombard you with useless popups and interference.

Let your guide help you with typing “Marketing careers” into Google search. Find sites that help you understand more about what it is you chose. Use the Dictionary site to understand all English words. Use Wikipedia to understand the concepts and learn more from the concepts mentioned on the web pages.

Sites for Marketing we found that get you started

http://money.howstuffworks.com/marketing-plan.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marketing

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/gasoline

http://www.buseco.monash.edu.au/mkt/dictionary/

http://www.marketingterms.com/

Find books and magazines you can use in groups to learn from.

Join the associations of your choice and learn with them.

See extra processes on www.ebio.co.za that let you learn with commitment and easier.

4. Find work experience in the career of your choice:

Use Google search and Telkom yellow pages to find real businesses in your area or nearest area where such businesses exist.

Use the standard letter to ask them to be useful in basic services like cleaning, tool carrying, and coffee making. Do anything that will make you useful and them to like you! The letter includes your purpose is purely to be useful while you learn – it is not a job and has no risk of employment consequences to the business.

Ask the people around you key questions about the work and the business to get involved and noticed while you learn.

Contribute basic work “free so that you can learn” for a number of days at one business and move to the next business if you are not moving forward in learning. Observe what they do and ask them to show you to do it so that you can be more useful to them.

Soon they will start paying you for being useful.

You chose the job, the career and the business that you want to learn about working with people in business.

Find a project to start marketing a local business, shop, organization and more!

5. Accelerate with groups

You find or meet people with similar industry interests to learn interactively with them.

In groups you access sources of expertise and keep each other going.

Peer group learning is a well known process – get ready for it and use it.

Group processes on http://www.ebio.co.za/toolbox/group-processes.html

http://www.managementhelp.org/gen_rsrc/peer-groups.htm

6. Accelerate with the organized web coaching

On www.ebio.co.za you can identify gaps and bridge the gaps in language mastery, numeracy mastery, communication skills, self-exploration and much more!

Look at criteria for most jobs on www.bls.org in the USA.

With your email address you can signup on www.ebio.co.za – it is free!

Signup on www.Treetopsouthafrica.com to get further assistance – it is free! The first coaching is included when you signup!

7. Repeat the processes for any career or career change.

You grow your life income as you gain knowledge, experience and education. The effort you put in will be rewarded in higher life income.

Calculate your own expectations of your work life income:

http://www.alephsynergy.com/processes-awareness/Life-income.htm

8. Related careers

You should have found related careers on the web sites you choose.

Here are examples!

www.bls.org careers