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As we continue students’ membership drive, last week we were at the Bindura University of Science Education where we were given a red-carpet welcome. As a network for development, we are excited to have made inroads in the following areas; Workshop delivery, Membership Blitz and launch of the BUSE DPN club.
DPN has been teaching university students a number of work-related issued under a program code-named “Work Preparedness Workshops.” Last week, the team managed to deliver a successful workshop at BUSE where our trainers spoke at length on crucial issues such as work politics, customer etiquette, CV writing and most importantly the importance of networking for development.
The workshop which was graced by Development Studies and Disaster Management Studies under the Faculty of Geography was well-attended and students showed the passion and enthusiasm befitting the magnitude of the workshop. As an introductory workshop, the meeting sets our bar high as it indicates that development work is surely gaining momentum in the country.
BUSE workshop registered commendable progress as a good number of students registered to be part of the DPN family. The workshop also presents both low-hanging fruits and outstanding goals as students expressed eagerness to be part of DPN with some saying our brand was the missing linking between students and the development industry. It was no coincidence that BUSE was the first institution where the DPN Student Club was launched.
As DPN we are excited on the occasion of the launch of the Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) students club. The establishment of the club is part of a series of activities we have kick-started at tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe as we strive to create synergies between academics, development practitioners and students.
The Club which is expected to be a hub of DPN activities at campus level has Makuwaza Kean and Tariro Chigura as its interim leaders pending the club’s elective congress in the near future. We wish them an eventful term of office as they steer the club to a greater stardom through their sterling contributions.
As a network that seeks to promote professionalism in the development sector in Zimbabwe and beyond, we firmly believe that students must be given a grand stage to expose their potentials at an early stage. So, the launch of the club heralds the beginning of a mutual and symmetrical relationship between DPN and BUSE students. We envision an everlasting working relationship to withstand the test of time.
We would also like to thank Dr Mavhura and Professor Manatse, the chairperson of the Geography department, Dr Manyani and the BUSE community for a welcome reception.
As we continue to sensitize students on work-related issues, we are currently rolling out a program of action to ensure inclusive and mutual co-operation as a way to ensure synergies between our members and the development industry are created. We would ensure that Clubs are launched at every tertiary institution to ensure visibility of DPN and our numerous programs and activities.
The Department of Development Studies at Great Zimbabwe University has been a key affiliate to the DPN particularly in the DPN Tertiary Debate programme, the university managed to send in the Development Studies Debate Team for the debate session which was part of the Development Practitioner Convention 2017. Thus, when they invited us to make a presentation at their institute we were glad to accept the opportunity to have a contact with our aspiring Development Practitioners still studying Development Studies at the institute.
On the 27th of October, DPN team took the road to the Great Zimbabwe University Mashava Campus, Masvingo. The session was scheduled on a 2-hour slot that was to be conducted with the DPN staff, characterised with a participatory DPN presentation, giving the information about Development Practitioners Network, the membership, training as well as the proposal of the DPN Club. The target audience of the presentation was the Development Studies students at the tertiary institute, with the focus aimed at launching the DPN presence at the tertiary institute which was to try to make foundation layout for the long-awaited launch of the DPN Club for tertiary institutes.
There was an interactive session before the presentation that was conducted by the NC. She duly tackled basic CV writing skills, interview tips and basic Development Practitioner etiquette which was soundly received with the positive and good participation of the students giving their feedback and experiences. The Training Officer took the stage and effortlessly presented on the DPN training packages and programmes for tertiary students like Work Preparedness and Youth Life Skills. He further hammered on the importance of networks and the benefits of becoming a DPN member. The session ended with the distribution of DPN registration forms to the students who wanted to become members of the DPN which were widely received by the students with a majority able to submit their application after the presentation and some submitting the online applications.
Inclusively, it was a pleasure to attend to the invitation, it was worthwhile. The staff managed to tackle every question that was thrown in their way by the inquisitive students and gave the advice needed, seamlessly. As an organisation, we believe the networking was crucial to our drive to appeal to all Development stakeholders in all aspects. We would like to give the special thank you to the Department of Development Studies at Great Zimbabwe University, staff and the students that took part in the visit to come to a success, we are proud to be a part of you as Development Practitioners Network. Thank you!
The demand for industrial work-related learning has risen over the years. With over 10 tertiary academic institutions across Zimbabwe, the scramble for placement is stiffer than ever with students competing for the limited opportunities. It is more imperative now to have the compelling, attractive, well-structured CV to land an interview. When you land the interview, it has become a survival of the fittest as a number of other people will have been called for the same interview and due to the broad options that the employer has you have to be outstanding and convince them that you are the person for the job. DPN understands that students need additional training to assist them to land that much needed industrial attachment placing. The Organization is working to bridge the skills gap by providing Work Preparedness Training to graduates which has CV and interview coaching.
Most of the graduates possess intellectual capacity that employers seek but often lack the charisma when interacting with employers It is important to make the link between tertiary education and work through strengthening graduates soft skills. Degrees and certificates are important so is blending them with soft skills those that are more social than technical is critical to developing a strong and vibrant workforce. Soft skills covered in the package include problem solving, leadership, professionalism, teamwork and adaptability. In the current erratic economy and increasing competition in the labor market, graduates must possess work-readiness skills to make themselves more attractive on the job market. As a way of assisting graduates, DPN provides training on soft skills required in the workplace work places and provides an opportunity to practice them. We understand that tertiary students require additional training that will see them acquiring job related skills.
The world celebrates World Youth Skills Day on 15 July to shine a new light on skills, education and vocational training that can get young people employed. According to statistics, the youth are three times prone to unemployment as their education fails to give them skills needed for a job. As trends in the job sphere change, so do a required skill set. And this year’s theme, Skills for All, focuses on skills needed for every kind of job.
According to Kenneth Freeman “Higher education has its roots in the industrial revolution and prepares young people for the world that no longer exists. Traditional universities were designed to produce many ‘copies’ of certain types of people teachers, doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc.—who, after ‘charging’ their batteries with knowledge, would staff specific positions of industrial societies and would remain there throughout their careers.”
According to a survey done by Industrial Psychology Consultants (Pvt) Ltd on talent shortage in the country, lack of skills in Zimbabwe and experience are shown to be contributing to the difficulties faced by companies in filling certain positions. The survey results also showed that 74 percent of the respondents lack leadership and people management skills while most graduates lack technical and business appreciation skills.
Since the advent of technology, the world has changed but tertiary education has not. In today’s fast paced world where information technology has automated a lot of work, graduates find themselves more often than not ill fitting in the shoes of the workplace. To survive in today’s working environment, you need to be different and possess soft skills and personality traits that are not emphasised in conventional tertiary education. Competition is stiff in the world and diversity amongst employees is rewarded over uniformity.
Employers are seeking to employ individuals who can think fast on their feet. Agility has become a tool for survival because technology is changing every day and the world has literally become an adapt or die situation. Employers are seeking to employ positive people who soldier on when the going gets tough but have a willingness to learn and some companies are now offering paying tuition for education advancement as part of the employee benefits package.
Communication skills have evolved and are. This is not just restricted to a person’s ability to hold a conversation but encompasses their ability to effectively complete tasks and their ability to listen and understand orders and the needs of the market and clients. Focus, according to a Forbes article is the new IQ. The ability to focus and meet deadlines as well as produce work with limited errors are qualities that employers praise and that are lacking in students whose projects were supervised every step.
Attachment or internships were introduced to curb the skills gap that exists in the market. The student who spends four years of their degree without going for attachment gets a rude awakening when they finally get plunged into the world of work. Challenges, however, arises when students go for attachment without adequate preparation and exasperated employers end up relegating them to doing tasks that are not in line with their profession and they walk out of attachment not having gained much experience.
In the first week or work, one will be exposed to the new environment and a new set of Dos and Don’ts- the Code of Conduct. The purpose of Code of Conduct is to provide a clear framework within which employees are expected to comply with in terms of professional behaviour in an organisation. The management team communicates policies and guidelines to all staff and provide necessary training to ensure the Code is understood. The Code could be delivered through induction trainings, one on one trainings, online training courses, company intranet, employee handbook and noticeboards. Such Codes usually comprise the following most common principles:
The Accepted Manner in Which a Professional Should Act:
Loyalty, Prudence, and Care
Employees have a duty of loyalty to their clients and must act with reasonable care and exercise prudent judgment. They must act for the benefit of their clients and place their clients’ interests before the employer’s or their own interests.
Employees must not knowingly make any misrepresentations relating to investment analysis, recommendations, actions, or other professional activities
Employees must not engage in any professional conduct involving fraud, deceit or commit any act that reflects adversely on their professional reputation, integrity or competence
An employee should be truthful.
An employee should not make unauthorized commitments or promises of any kind purporting to bind the organisation.
An employee should not use office for private gain.
An employee should act impartially and not give preferential treatment.
An employee should use official time in an honest effort to perform official duties.
An employee should not engage in outside employment or any other outside activity that conflicts with their official duties.
An employee should not undermine the confidence of other employees
As a driven professional, you are encouraged to further explore other principles to aid in your professional profile within your workplace. All the best!