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UCT’s Careers Service comes out tops in SAGEA's 2018 Awards

UCT’s Career Service works hard every year preparing students for a smooth transition to the world of work, and on 8 November 2017 this effort was rewarded with SAGEA’s  top award for Best Employability / Work Readiness Initiative, as well as Best Career Fair and Best Career Service.

The South African Graduate Employers Association (SAGEA) Awards are celebrated biennially and provide an opportunity for employers and institutions of higher learning to showcase their achievements in the field of graduate employment.  

Each year, the outcome of several awards is determined by responses to either the SAGEA Employer Benchmarking Research or the SAGEA Candidate Insights Report. The 2017 Candidate Insights Research was completed by graduates who had recently received offers or joined their respective Employer’s graduate programme. 

The winners of the 2017 awards were:
•    Best Career Fair 2017 – University of Cape Town
•    Best Career Service 2017 – University of Cape Town
•    Employer of Choice 2017 – Google
•    Best Company Representative 2017 – Bianca Levine of Grant Thornton
•    Best Recruitment Process 2017 - PwC

 UCT’s Careers Service also received the ‘Best Employability / Work Readiness Initiative’ award.

The UCT team at the SEGEA Awards ceremony
The UCT team at the SEGEA Awards ceremony. From left to right: Jean Alfeld, Careers, Internships & Opportunities Advisor – IAPO, Nobi Rululu, Careers Advisor, David Casey, Director: Careers Service, Nawaal Boolay, Head: Employer Relations, Hishamodien Hoosain: Graduate Recruitment Co-ordinator, and Dale Choudree: Careers Advisor

The “Employability/work readiness initiative” award is focused on the University Careers Service that, using work readiness initiatives has shown evidence of preparing students effectively for a smooth transition to the world of work.

UCT’s Careers Service received top honours for its Flux Entrepreneurship Business Game. Flux is a cross faculty Entrepreneurship game first run by the UCT Careers Service in 2013. Students across all year groups can apply to participate as part of a team, or as individuals and then are put into a team. The teams are introduced to a “challenge” or “business problem” which is provided by one of the participating companies.

The game is played over a whole day. Participants are divided in three streams, and compete against teams in that stream. Each stream has mentoring meetings with “experts” who are employers who represent Human Resources, Strategy, Finance and Marketing. Later teams pitch their ideas in presentations to the same experts. Both meetings and presentations are scored.

Feedback is given to all the teams after the presentations, which is always an incredibly valuable learning experience for all.
UCT is the first African University to host Flux, a global UK based competition which has run at UCT for four years. The value of this initiative is that it exposes participants to a rich first-hand experience of work related skills: working in a diverse team, working under pressure, presentation and persuasion skills, problem solving, creativity, working to a specific brief and receiving and acting upon feedback. Additional value is that students realise that entrepreneurship is not only for Commerce students.

Read more: Encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship

The following video clearly shows the impact of Flux:

UCT Careers Service Voted #2 Best Careers Service Satisfaction in the world by UCT students

In 2016, UCT Careers Services was awarded with a solid vote of confidence from its students in the first globally benchmarked Universum survey with participating Careers Services across the world. The surveys have always been reported, but benchmarked regionally. The results for top Careers Service came through with UCT Careers ranked as #2 Best Careers Service Satisfaction globally by UCT Students.