When faced with the incredible challenges we face as a country – loadshedding, the rising cost of living, corruption – it is understandable that many graduates seek greener pastures. But what if, instead of running away, we stay and work on our problems?
We encourage you to “Start where you are” – whether you are just starting out in your degree or looking for your first job, you can start making a difference right now.
This doesn’t mean you have to start a large NGO or lead political parties. But in small (but significant) ways, you can make a difference.
Here’s how you can be part of the African renaissance.
- Think about who you want to work for.
Globally, statistics show that the majority of job seekers are looking for employers that care about the planet and its inhabitants, and have a positive influence on the world. If enough employees have this inclination, it puts pressure on employers to up their game.
- Hone your ethical competence.
For our country and continent to grow, we are going to need strong leaders that can resist the temptations of mismanagement and corruption. Learn more about how to do this here.
- Contribute knowledge.
Look for research opportunities where you can find innovative solutions to social and economic problems in our country.
- Start a business locally.
Entrepreneurship can be a key driver of economic growth and development, and when you are a student at UCT, there is an entire ecosystem dedicated to help you start your business. Some employers will even allow you to start a side-hustle (in your free time) – read more about that later.
- Make a comeback
If you do decide to spend some time overseas, make a point of coming back home later in your careerto implement what you have learned.
For inspiration on how to make a difference in your industry, look no further – simply page through the Career Guide.