Learning new things

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Monday morning

I have realize that Monday mornings are very interesting if you are in the work place, because you know that you will be working on something that should be finished by Friday, unlike at school where everything stays the same. You know that you will be attending lectures and tuts all most everyday. That is good but if continue doing that for next three years it becomes boring.

For a change I'm doing something different and that is enjoyable

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Last meeting

On Tuesday, I attended a meeting where I met with people that I usually spoke to over the phone or e-mails. It was nice to meet them in person. In the process I got an exposure of what I will be working on in the next few months.

I do not have an experience in Public Relations, but I find it very interesting to me .I would not mind to continue and study it further, as this would add on my current experience.

I must say it is exciting to work for De Beers

Monday, April 10, 2006

Learning experiences

I have been a student for the last five years and I enjoyed being a student. At the time I have worked in different places during this period. I worked for Wits libraries and departments, and tourism company. I worked in all these places, because I needed extra income. I'm happy that I did. Now I have skills in administration, research, libraries and people’s skills.

What I’m trying to argue is that don't ever take for granted the work that you do as a student, because you will gain something out of it.

I know that all these skills would be useful in the work place. This will make different from my colleagues.

Time management

Last year I learned two things, such as managing my time and to prioritize work. I was studying full time at the same time I had a job that that required me to travel from where I live in Katllehong to Soweto and from Soweto to Woodmead.This was very challenging to me, because I was using a public transport.

At the same time I had my school work to do every day. But I'm glad that I made it. I was able to pass my honours. I also gained skills such as multi-tasking and flexibility.

This prepared me for the work environment where I will be expected to be able to work on different projects and be able to prioritize work.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Community development

In the townships there are number of community projects that taking place. Some are funded by government and some are funded community.

It is very inspiring to see people working very hard to bring about their own development. Previously in the township we used to have people who were complaining all the time about unemployment, poverty and crime.

Now they are using their available resources to develop themselves. According to Ghadija Valie, every community has resource that they can use to create employment opportunities.

The UNHCR in Africa

I think UNHCR, is an important organisation to have in the world. Since I am a South African I did not know much about refugees. I’m saying this organisation is important, because it has helped number of refugees that flee their countries for different reasons, such as war, religion and cultural reasons. This makes me to be proud of being a South African. Although we experienced apartheid before 1994, South African political leaders managed to bring peace and democracy without going to war.

In this session I have learned that in most African countries, ordinary citizens are the one who are mostly affected by political change. Where there is no protection for human rights. It is sad when these people are treated with disrespect in the countries where they seek a place to live or to hide.

We need more organisations such as UNHRC in Africa.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Presentation skills

Presentation is an essential skill that I must have, as someone who is preparing for the world of work. Where I will be selling my ideas in a form of writing. I always thought I was good in presentation, but in this workshop I realized that I still have a lot to learn. For instance as I was pretending to be presenting I forgot everything that I was suppose to say. However, I finally got it right, because Des and Rob were so kind to me. They understood what I was going through at that moment. They also advised me to always practice what I'm going to present before the actual presentation. Well this workshop has helped to become aware of my shortcoming in presentation, now I know that I have to put more effort in improving my presentation skills.

Monday, March 27, 2006

good business ideas

I think we all have good business ideas, but it is always difficult to put them into action. For instance I have a good business idea, but I do not have enough time to concentrate on it since I'm still a student, secondly I do not have capital. I know there are financial institutions where I could get capital,but I do not have assets that I can put up as a surety.To have an experience I believe is also important when someone wants to open up a business and this is something I do not have right now. Well I think it wil best for me to join the corporate world first, before I can take an initiative of opening up my own business. I know that one day I will make good business women, because I have a strong drive and motivation. I guess these are some of the challenges that were also faced by business men and women before they became their own bosses.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Customer Service

Aki's workshop was very interesting, because it persuaded me to think about own behavior as a customer. I know I'm a demanding customer and at the same time I'm a very reasonable and understanding. I also acknowledge good service by thanking the service provider. This session again educated me on how to deal customers as a client, to create new customers and to maintain the existing clients. All businesses are profit driven, so it is important to have customer service skills in order to attract more customers. I’m happy that I got an opportunity to be part of this session.

Now I know what I want

When Gordon asked us why we wanted to be part of internship Programme, most of us said we wanted work experience. That is true we all want work experience, but after Gordon's presentation I realized that there are many things that I want as an Intern. Now I know what I'm looking for. I want experience, to add value to a company and to be given a chance to put my theoretical knowledge into action. At the same time to learn from my colleagues.

A killer disease

I must say, everyone knows something about HIV/AIDS, or about someone who's got HIV/AIDS. That makes us all affected by this disease.However its amazing that you still find people who are not protecting themselves against it ,because some believe that HIV/AIDS its just a disease. This means that it is just like cancer or TB. To tell you the truth HIV/AIDS is a different disease, because it cannot be cured. As long as we still have nice or soft ways of conveying the massage to the public people would continue to be ignorant when I come to HIV/AIDS. For instance, some of the TV adverts about HIV/AIDS are not made in a way that can be easily understood by different communities. HIV/AIDS is a killer disease lets find new ways of addressing this issue. The government must also put more effort in fighting this deseas.

Christine Randall,presentation was very educational,because it made me to think more about HIV/AIDS and want to know more about it.