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What does it take to be an ambitious young professional? There is no secret recipe, I’m sorry to say, but Benjamin Shaw and Mitchell Horn offer something just as good: a dose of reality.

What, you may ask, have these industry hopefuls gained from doing what drives them to excel in the world of work?
Catch the full article here: Industry Hopefuls

ANNA INSAM: Forget pricey places and countless calories, and say hello to cafés dedicated to bringing you nutritious and delicious dishes, focused on fresh and wholesome ingredients. Health foodies beware, you're going to have to carve out some time in your schedules to visit these incredible spots.

1. Skinny Legs and All 

70 Loop Street, CBD.  A quirky minimalist space, with walls dressed in cheeky larger-than-life artworks, where breakfast can entail a "porridge of the gods" or "prosciutto soft scrambled eggs" and much more! Breakfast is served all day, upping the anti of this hotspot.  It’s the perfect 11am brunch spot for lazy mornings.  Inventive salads, open sandwiches and a mains section all jostle for your attention.  Utilize the free wifi and dig into a mouth-watering dish while enjoying the vibrant chatter of fellow diners and the bustle of the city streets. As if this luxury café didn’t have us sold already, their service is impeccable, so you’re guaranteed a satisfied tummy and a happy heart.

ALI FINDLAY: “OK. Stop! Stop the car, I really can’t hold it anymore.” The car pulls over onto the rocky ground next to the dirt road. Before the car comes to a stop I yank the door open and sprint out onto the rocks. The air is so cold that I am instantly covered with goose bumps. I find my little area and do what I gotta do in the bushes, staring at the Lesotho sunset. Never Have I Ever been that desperate for the toilet.

Our first Afriski morning brought cold, and lots of it. I bundled myself up in layer upon layer of clothing and waddled down to the rent shop with the others. My feet were measured, my weight was recorded and I was handed a pair of heavy red boots, two poles and a pair of skis. I didn’t know where to start. Fumbling with my equipment, we strode up to the slopes where I met up with my ski instructor, Mariana, from Slovakia. As soon as the skis were attached to my feet, I slid slowly backwards down the slope, stopping myself by dragging my hands in the snow. Most of the other people in the lesson followed my lead and some completed the show by crashing into the safety netting. At first learning to manoeuvre myself on the slippery snow was difficult, but the more I persevered the better I got. I soon realised that this is a type of fun that you can’t experience doing anything else. The adrenaline rush is completely unique.

KATELYN MOSTERT: Scrolling through UCT Ikeys Crushes, you secretly hope (but don’t expect) to find your name at the top of a post, followed by a description of you, or your habits, or your crusher’s desire for you. It would come as quite a surprise to have your name attached to one of the more graphic posts, especially if you aren’t looking but simply get directed there by a friend who finds your name. What happens when you do? 

He doesn’t believe it. Denial. Is there another person at UCT with my name? He’s shocked, confused. The content is surprising. Why is my name here? Who put my name here? What made them write that?

FEZEKILE COKILE: As part of Environmental Week 2014, the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) team was outside the Day Kaif on Tuesday, 29 July, to spark interest among students about the different uses of water.

The students, which included those doing water management honours, were not only presented with a scientific approach as to how water works but were shown a few practical skills they could use to their advantage when using water.

DANIELA BARLETTA: “[The] green economy is growing like a mushroom,” said Professor Heila Lotz-Sistka at a recent event hosted by the Career Lounge as part of Rhodes University’s Environmental Week. Lotz-Sisitka and other speakers from the Environmental Learning Research Centre focused on the many career opportunities for those with a passion for environmental science.

Speakers spoke about their personal journeys by exploring the environmental research field and their shared love for the environmental science sector was clear.

‘I was born great’ were the words that Nelize Ernst, Founder and Director of Shift4Ward, read on a rusty old badge decades ago, inspiring her to one day instill the same hope in young people who have lost sight of their great potential to succeed despite the odds.

And let’s be honest, the odds are against the majority of young South Africans. As countless millions are born into underprivileged homes, there is a constant struggle to see a future beyond the barriers of poverty and lack of education resulting in the recurring problem of unemployment. How can a new generation of young people pursue their dreams and strive after something greater than simply becoming another statistic in this nasty cycle? 

Here's what will be happening during the  ‘I Was Born Great’ Road Show'

Teboho ‘Tee’ Makhabane and Brent Nygaard are two very different people. Both are young professionals venturing down opposite career paths, but what connects them is how they got there.

Tee is in the investment world and confesses that university could never have prepared her for the practical know-how gained simply being in the job that she has grown to love. “I guess I have always had some interest in finance. My honours degree, which focused more on investments, stimulated my interest… Just like any other job or profession you have to love it.”

Brent is working in the branding, design and web development industry and shares how interesting and fun branding has been for him so far. “I have been hooked on design since early in high school as I loved drawing and making images… So I had design as a high school subject and then went on to study brand management. Read the full article here: Industry Hopefuls

DIMPHO MOLETSANE: A recent paper published by Facebook has raised issues regarding the social network’s use of unwitting users in its studies. The paper, published on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has found evidence that emotional states can be transferred through ‘emotional contagion’.

Picking up from where we left off in the previous article concerning co-working spaces, let us do a quick recap on it. Here is a definition I noted in my previous installment: ‘Ideally, co-working refers to the sharing of professional space between individuals, groups of people and possible small businesses who each manage their own businesses but in a space with like-minded people where they can potentially share skills, resources and values.
Co-working individuals usually gather in one rented space and share facilities such as the kitchen, printers, internet and other office necessities. It’s a growing global phenomenon and philosophy.’ Read more on part 2 of Co-working Spaces for Solopreneurs, in our latest online issue of 4Ward! Magazine

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