We are very excited to launch our new careers newsletter.
We hope it will bring some comfort and assistance during these difficult and uncertain times.
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The world of work is never an easy place, but it’s an even more scary place right now. South Africa’s economy was already struggling before the coronavirus hit – and to make matters worse our credit ratings were downgraded to junk status by Moody’s just as we were going into lockdown. In addition, the value of the rand has been falling. Bottom line, these things make everything more expensive for us and so a regular income is more vital than ever.
But Business For South Africa, a group founded in response to the pandemic, estimates a minimum of one million jobs are set to be lost, and up to four million jobs are on the line as a result of the expected economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.
In response, the government has been trying to plug the gap with measures such as its Solidarity Fund and financial assistance for small businesses. It has also started to ease lockdown conditions to kickstart the economy without creating a health disaster.
Although our economic reality may not paint a pretty picture, it’s not all doom and gloom either. It’s important to remember that we, as individuals, are not completely helpless in all this and there are things we can do to improve our chances of finding, landing and keeping a job.
It is in this spirit that we are launching our careers newsletter. We aim to offer everything from general knowledge of the working world to the specifics of various jobs, from inspiration in the stories of others to practical tips to up your professional game.
What you can expect
Every fortnight, we’ll be bringing you a selection of the following stories:
- A look at job trends and career stories from South Africa and around the world
- A personal account of a day in the life of a working person – what they do, why they chose it, what qualifications they needed, how they found the job, and the best and worst aspects of it
- Job profiles to give you the how, what, when and where of a profession or trade
- Inspiration stories – how people came up with bright ideas and made a success in their chosen fields
- Mentors to answer your job-related questions
- Advice on how to find and apply for a job, as well as how to create your own
- The lowdown on soft skills such as communication, leadership and adaptability that employers look for and value – they are what make us different from robots
- Information on bursaries and internships, and other useful information.
Drum Careers wants to assist you with your job concerns and to celebrate your professional successes. This means we rely on you to guide us with what you want to read. Please send us your comments, questions and suggestions – see contact details on our “Back Page”. We look forward to hearing from you.
Credit ratings are a measure of the creditworthiness of a country’s government. They are important because they influence the cost of borrowing – in our case, lenders will charge the government higher interest rates because we are considered risky. This means it will cost the government more to spend money on things like much need social initiatives and infrastructure, which in turn means that we will pay more tax.