Resource guides, samples, and templates for internships & jobs, innovation & entrepreneurship, and further education.
Career readiness resources to prepare and apply for opportunities
The latest internship & job openings on the hub can be found in three sections. They are:
- The Industry Profiles section. For a sample, view the Fintech industry.
- The Opportunity Board section. You can filter openings by location, industries, job type and the search box. Visit the Opportunity Board.
- The Company Profiles section. Each company profile has a link to the company’s career and LinkedIn page you can visit for the listing of the latest openings from the company. You can also find their contact information to make enquiries and apply for internship opportunities. Visit Company Profile.
You can apply for openings using the resources available in the Internships & Jobs section. These resources are available for CVs, cover letters and portfolios (which is highly recommended for students in creative industries and career clusters.) Available for each resource are guides to creating them, samples for referencing, and templates that can be reused.
You can also tailor your CV and cover letter to feature the industry skills you have with demonstration examples based on the relevant skills in the industry of the company you are applying for. You can search for the company or select the industry from the Industry Profiles section.
In addition to having the required skills and knowledge for a job, employers value candidates who have done their background research on the company, its competitors and industry.
For a company you are scheduled to interview with, you can prepare by learning more about the industry. In each industry, you can see competing companies, market leaders in the industry, tips for entry, what it is like to work in the industry, recent trends, challenges, and opportunities.
For a sample, view the Automotive industry.
Congratulations on receiving an internship or job offer. The industry and workplace orientation guide prepares you for life at work with a guide covering following topics:
- Introduction to life in the workplace includes transitioning from campus, understanding industry structures; essential industry concepts; and putting industry skills into practice.
- Getting to know an organisation includes looking through an organisation’s online presence and brand; its operational environment; vision, mission, and values; organisational structure and culture.
- Positioning yourself for workplace success includes a review of your career assets, productivity tools and resources, accessing work benefits, and issues around work-life balance.
Are you looking for a viable business idea or an area to innovate? You can look through several industries in the Industry Profile section to find more information on Challenges, Opportunities and Research Areas.
You can also view Recent Trends and the Relevant SDGs to which each industry contributes. In the Tips for Entry tab of each industry, you can view the Tips for Entry section which also provides more information on business opportunities.
You can see the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry sample.
The Innovation & Entrepreneurship section provides resources for refining your ideas and promoting your innovation. One of these is the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework—which you can use to find the SDG your innovation aligns with the most in terms of outcomes.
The majority of organisations that support innovation, grant providers, and impact investors use the SDG framework to evaluate alignment to impact. The SDGs framework is in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship section.
The Innovation & Entrepreneurship section also provides resources for feasibility studies and proof of concepts. Available for these resources are guides, samples, and reusable templates. You can access them in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship section.
Do you need to communicate or promote your ideas and innovation to others? Resources are available as guides, reference samples and templates you can re-use. These include Briefs and Concept notes, Business Plans and Pitch Decks, and Marketing collaterals.
You can read more about their relevance, the right audience and how best to use each of them in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship section.
Opportunities such as innovation challenges and competitions, acceleration and incubation programmes, and funding for innovation feature alongside job & internship opportunities in the Industry Hub. Visit the Opportunity Board to access them.
You can also look through a directory of organisations that support innovation and startups in Africa from the company profiles. Visit Company Profiles.
Are you undecided on what to study for your second degree? Or thinking of a professional qualification instead? You can find recommendations based on:
- Industry of interest in the Industry Profiles
- The profession of interest in the Career Clusters
- Course interest in the Course2Career Guides
Each of these content sections provides more information on relevant degrees, professional and industry qualifications that you can explore for your career path.
In addition to the recommended professional and industry qualifications provided in the Industry Profiles, Career Clusters, and Course2Career Guides, the platform features a glossary of professional and industry qualifications, with more information on each of them.
This will be accessible in the Further Education section of your homepage.
Applying to graduate school can be tasking. However, institutions have general requirements and specific programme requirements. There are resources to make your application to graduate school easier.
These include information on English Language proficiency (required for African students that have not completed an academic programme of at least a year in a recognised English majority speaking country), GRE/GMAT Tests (for business school applications), and application Statements (personal/research statement or statement of purpose).
These are accessible in the Further Education section from your login homepage.