How to find a job

2009-12-31 13:40


IF you are a student, a graduate or just someone thinking of

changing jobs you stand a good chance if you are looking in the services sector.

That is where employment will be created in the next few years.

Top economists and a major recruitment agency agree that over the

next five years jobs will be created in the service industry.

“We are going to become a more ­service-orientated country and

these are the skills we need, be it engineers, operating theatre nurses or

plumbers. It is very important that we realise this,” says Mike Schussler,

director at

Iraj Abedian of Pan African ­Investment and Research, adds: “Over

the next five years the services sector will be creating more jobs in tourism

and travel, information technology and ­financially orientated


“In terms of new employment the services sector will be creating

more jobs than manufacturing and mining.”

Schussler says students need some form of specialisation, whether

in the form of a degree or a skill such as hairdressing, because their chances

of finding a job would then improve.

Experience or training also count and are a

good way of getting a foothold in the job market.

“I would advise my child to be an artisan,” Schussler says.

“Three percent of South Africans have degrees as opposed to an

average of 9% in developing countries while ­developed countries have an average

of 18%.

That means we have a severe skills shortage and most of our degrees are

not in technical areas like ­engineering.

“We have a lot of teaching degrees but the wrong ones. You don’t

hear of many engineers, electricians or plumbers being unemployed but you do

find unemployed teachers,” Schussler says.

Abedian says South Africa lost nearly one?million jobs this year

and has yet not come out of the recession.

“We don’t know how the economy will grow. It is too early to tell

whether it will be one or two percent, and that will have an impact on job

creation,” says Abedian.

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