As part of the Distinguished Lecturer program of IEEE Region 8, I was invited to run four workshops for IEEE South Africa student members, titled "Entering the real world". The workshops were held at the universities in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.
The theme of the workshops was to prepare student members for their career move from students to work life. We covered creating more effective CVs, the purpose and content of CVs and how they are an introduction to enterprises and an invitation to a job interview. We also focused on what not to do and what to do in job interviews, including coaching students in interview skills.
I want to thank Darryn Cornish from Wits university in Johannesburg who did a great job in organizing the complex task of scheduling workshops at four universities spread all over South Africa, arranging for local IEEE coordinators in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town, running the Wits university event, arranging travel and accommodation, and last but not least in obtaining funding which was a big task in itself.
In addition Dauda Ayanda did a great job in organizing Engineering department involvement and a great participation at University of Kwa Zulu Natal in Durban, Thato Semoko in University Cape Town and in University Pretoria