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Student Counselling, Career & Development Services

Career and Employability Offerings

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Career Assessment and Counselling Sessions (Saturdays and during school holidays)

The short learning programme consists of a workshop and assessment session in which participants complete career-related questionnaires and inventories which assess personality, interests, values, and career identity etc. Thereafter, participants meet their counsellor for an individual career counselling session.
Career Outreach This programme serves Grade 12 scholars from previously disadvantaged schools which mainly include the NMMU feeder schools identified by the Marketing and Corporate Relations Department of the NMMU. These scholars spend about 3 hours with us in career programme which helps them identify their personality, interests and values and guides them towards a career decision, and provides them with career information.
Subject choice for Grade 9 Grade 9 scholars from previously disadvantaged schools, which mainly include the NMMU feeder schools, are identified by the Marketing and Corporate Relations Department of the NMMU. These scholars spend about 3 hours with us in a programme which helps them identify their interests, abilities and values, and guides them towards choosing their subjects for Grade 10 and ultimately working towards making a career decision.
Undecided about your career choice? Let us help! This interactive workshop aims to help registered NMMU students who are unsure of their career choice. We guide them through a process of identifying their interests, values, personality and career identity, discuss possible options.  
Want that Job? Learn how2 get it! This programme offers participants a complete package which will facilitate their job search.

The programme consists of the following job-search skills modules:

  • Module 1: Knowing who you are
  • Module 2: Marketing yourself
  • Module 3: Portfolio of personal marketing documents
  • Module 4: Interview Preparation and Interview Skills

Personal Development Offerings

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Feeling stressed? Let us help! Stress has become a leading cause of ill health and high absenteeism over the last decade. As such, it has become increasingly important that people are able to manage their stress.

This workshop is aimed at helping students to better manage their stress. It covers the following aspects:

  • Understanding what stress is
  • Identifying signs of stress
  • Learning new ways of coping with stress
Discover your personality type Personality is one of the most enduring aspects of one’s character and influences many aspects of one’s life. This interactive workshop is aimed at helping participants identify the strengths and shadow sides of their particular personality type and how this relates to other areas of their life.
Want to boost your self-esteem? Let us help! Research has shown that people who feel positively about themselves are more likely to engage in meaningful relationships as well as activities that encourage growth and innovation. This workshop is aimed at assisting participants in increasing the positive feelings that they have about themselves.
  • Introduce the concept of self esteem and its underlying principles
  • Risk saying “I like me”
  • Explore the concept of self esteem by looking at formal definitions
  • Provide participants with the necessary skills to build self esteem
8 Ways to Feeling Great Balancing many different roles and responsibilities is a common theme for many individuals.

This workshop focuses on raising participant’s awareness concerning 8 areas of wellness and working towards changes to maximize potential!

Appreciating Diversity We live in a dynamic, multi-cultural and global world! Understanding and appreciating people from cultures different from one’s own can open up a variety of rich growth experiences and help to build relationships between amazing people.

This interactive workshop aims to increase participants’ awareness of different aspects surrounding diversity, such as similarities and differences between people as well as concepts such as stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination.

Community Building This workshop is aimed at facilitating positive interaction between members of the same community. The focus lies in creating awareness about the characteristics of a community and empowering leaders to create a sense of community within their circles.
Dealing with loneliness University can be a big adjustment in many ways. Sometimes this experience might leave one feeling lonely or homesick. This workshop will assist students in:
  • Understanding what homesickness and loneliness is, why it develops and how it makes people feel
  • Identifying ways to cope with homesickness and loneliness and what one can do to improve things

The workshop also provides one with the opportunity to meet and connect with people who may have similar experiences.

Dealing with Peer Pressure This workshop aims to assist participants who may be exposed to different lifestyles & values, be faced with choices/decisions, or perhaps have to deal with pressure from peers to engage in new behaviours.

It aims to empower participants to make informed choices.

Effective Communication (Assertiveness and Conflict Management) This workshop has the following aims in mind:
  • To educate students about the assertiveness continuum
  • To educate students on the use of I-messages
  • To assist students in identifying their conflict management style
  • To educate students on the steps in conflict management
  • To raise the students’ awareness of how they can develop their conflict management skills using the steps in conflict management.
Emotional Intelligence Part of Emotional intelligence is concerned with gaining better understanding of one’s emotions as well being able to effectively and appropriately express those emotions.

The aims of this workshop are to:

  • To gain an awareness of EQ
  • To be able to estimate your own EQ
To explore the concept of EQ in terms of its elements and some relevant theory
WQHE assessment The Wellness Questionnaire for Higher Education (WQHE) is a holistic wellness assessment tool that focuses on 7 dimensions of wellness of an individual as a means of further developing one’s potential.

Learning Skills Offerings

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Fund’ucinga Presentation

(Cluster 1: The Goal-setting Cluster)

Fund’ucinga extends beyond study skills and offers a creative medium for the development of critical thinking skills. Each cluster builds upon the next.

The Goal-setting Cluster covers:

  1. Determine the real problem
  2. Targets and Purposes
  3. Guidelines and Parameters

The above steps are recommended to guide preparation for any undertaking. These are standard sequences in the most decision-making models.

Before setting out on any course, you need to be clear about your end purpose – these are your targets and purposes. Should the situation involve problem-solving, you need to know what the real problem is. Guidelines and parameters are the principles that ensure that you reach you desired goals.
Fund’ucinga Presentation

(Cluster 2: The Information Cluster)

The Information Cluster covers:

The four thinking techniques described below can guide your approach when gathering and dealing with information.

  1. Take all information into account: alerts you to the possibility that you may overlook important facts
  2. Different perspectives: sensitizes you to the views and ideas of others
  3. Weigh information: remind you to critically observe all information.
First things first (prioritise): reminds you of the need to prioritise
Funducinga Presentation

(Cluster 3: The Creativity Cluster)

In Cluster 1 you learnt how to plan your path to success by setting goals and being specific about the purpose of your undertaking. In Cluster 2 you focused on the information gathering process. Once you have all the information, you need to make sure that you have considered the information from all angles – this is the focus of Cluster 3. The techniques in Cluster 3 are designed to encourage free thinking.

The Creativity Cluster covers:

  1. Free, Imaginative Thinking and Dreaming
  2. Pro’s, Cons and Alternatives
Individuals with certain learning styles tend to be more comfortable with vertical or logical thinking based on the facts. By experimenting with the techniques suggested in the Free, Imaginative Thinking technique, these individuals could broaden their repertoire of problem-solving strategies. The Pro’s, Cons and Alternatives technique provides a format that invites you to consider a wide range of creative options that you may have missed.
Funducinga Presentation

(Cluster 4: The Tracking Cluster)

The Tracking Cluster covers:
  1. Foresee results
  2. Monitor progress
These techniques highlight the value of anticipating the short, medium and long term results of your decisions and planned actions. It also alerts you to the importance of monitoring your progress to make sure that you are on the right course.
LEC assessment The Learning Enhancement Checklist (LEC) is a computerised tool that is used as a diagnostic instrument focused on problem identification, that is, it identifies barriers to academic success that students may be experiencing.

It is a holistic instrument in that it focuses on a broad range of factors, from personal barriers to the study environment that may be interfering with a student’s success. It is also used by students who want to further develop their academic potential.

By using this instrument as an early warning intervention, students are better able to identify barriers and work towards their success.

Unlocking your learning potential

(Learning styles)

All students have a specific learning style that is characterised by strengths and growth areas, and that show preference for certain learning behaviours. This workshop aims to assist students in indentifying their prominent learning style, enabling them to become aware of root causes that may impede or grow their academic performance.
   

Please Note:

Workshops are run upon request from groups of individuals, Student Societies or Academic Staff. Please contact us should you wish to arrange a workshop session accordingly.

In addition, regular workshops and programmes are conducted throughout the year at the various Student Counselling Centres across the campus'.

Please contact us for more information.