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Students and Graduates

 
 

UCT GSB graduates have the privilege of choosing between a variety of positions, organisations and industries best suited to them as their career develops. While the responsibility to secure these positions ultimately rests with the student, the Career Centre is here to assist each step of the way.

All students have access to our unique careers tools, resources and services for the full duration of their studies at the UCT GSB and, after graduation, as alumni. The career services offering has been developed around three distinct components:

1. Select

All programmes at UCT GSB provide exposure to a broad range of potential career directions. It is important for students to reflect and focus on their preferred industries, while playing to their strengths. The Career Centre supports this process by providing the following:

  • Personal career assessment with a qualified careers coach who will be able to assist in identifying key strengths and interests based on each profile.
  • Career selection advice based on personal characteristics, academic performance and individual goals/objectives as well as a thorough understanding of the current career landscape in South Africa and further afield.
  • Candid Conversations series, which allows small groups of students to connect honestly and openly with alumni from various career backgrounds, regarding their respective experiences across different industries and firms.

2. Prepare

The Career Centre team is also available to assist students in developing themselves (and their CV's), in order to put their best foot forward when connecting with recruiters towards the end of the studies. Related offerings include:

  • Career strategy workshops that focus on career life and work planning, many of which are facilitated by visiting career consultants and guest speakers from a variety of industries.
  • Industry clubs, which are actively supported by the Career Centre in collaboration with Alumni, assist in developing competencies and networks around specific sectors such as management consulting.
  • CV service that is offered in association with professionals who provide CV writing sessions and support, including one-to-one CV critique sessions during the second half of the academic year.
  • Regular and case interview workshops and training sessions, which are offered to students during the year, both in partnership with recruiters and through professional third party service providers; this service includes a growing number of mock interview programmes (general and industry specific).

3. Connect

Current GSB student and alumni benefit from access to the GSB Recruitment Programme members and other prestigious organisations under the GSB banner and with the school's endorsement. The Career Centre team assists students in making the most of these connections through:

  • Career fair, an annual event that brings together top recruiters (South African and global organisations) and students in a single, concentrated session, where information can be exchanged and one-to-one connections can be made.
  • Job postings that take place throughout the year as positions become available within UCT GSB's wider network and beyond. These are sometimes sent to the class as a whole and sometimes to individual students who fit the required profile.
  • Introduction service, which is also available throughout the year and can be initiated by students or recruiters.
  • Internships that provide an excellent way for students and recent graduates to build relationships with organisations in which they are interested.
  • Talent Guide (an electronic publication) that is widely distributed to all organisations with which UCT GSB has a relationship; all GSB students are encouraged to submit their standardised profiles for inclusion.


A note on internships:
Over the past three years, MBA students have completed internships at Rocket Internet, Frost & Sullivan, Tony Elumelu Foundation, Vantage Capital, Infosys and Santam Ltd. amongst
other firms. Approximately 10% of full-time MBA students elect to embarkon an internship at some point during or shortly after their programme. These typically last between one and eight weeks depending
on the organisation, the work/project and related agreement.

STUDENTS: For inclusion in the 2017 Talent Guide, please contact Morea at moreajos@gsb.uct.ac.za.

 

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