Book helps graduates to navigate the working world

2014-09-23 00:00

CHALLENGES encountered by graduates and non-graduates when entering the working world has prompted a ­Ladysmith author to pen a book.

Zama Gamede (34) said the book, released earlier this month, titled Minding the Gap — Hitchhikers Guide to the Working World, takes graduates through the journey of the human resources process.

“It gives them [job seekers] ideas of what to expect when they enter the world of work. It also explains how to maximise the competencies that they already possess while developing technical competencies required in their chosen field of work,” said Gamede.

The Klip River woman spent a lot of time interviewing young people who are battling to find employment and those who are struggling to cope at work.

“I have seen the pain young talent goes through, especially when they receive no proper guidance from their managers.

“They miss out on a lot of development opportunities. At times, they end up being frustrated and wanting to leave their employers.”

She said the youth are resistant to learning and being coached and mentored because they think that with the qualifications they possess, they can take on the most senior positions without proper grooming.

“I have observed what makes young talent fail in the world of work. They need to acquire some skills in order to be competent in a role. Experience counts.”

She did her matric at Emhlwaneni High School and furthered her studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where she completed her social science, marketing and psychology studies at Pietermaritzburg and Howard College campuses.

She has worked for financial institutions as a human resources consultant and is now employed by the Paper and Pulp company as an organisational development specialist.

Her book can be found on, and She can be contacted at and 079 529 1017.

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