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‘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

Occasionally, many of us have an idea that would make for an awesome entrepreneurial initiative yet we are intimidated more often than not by our own lack of experience. This is where SEDA comes in.

SEDA (The Small Enterprise Development Agency) is a local agency working with the South African Department of Trade and Industry. These guys are there to help your business with the push it needs in a holistic approach and focus especially in the areas of growth it’s struggling with.

Additionally, they help setup the networking potential you need on an international level, sourcing out global partners who are willing to invest in some way into your business.

Nadia takes a look at how SEDA can help you with your Small Business Idea in the latest issue of 4Ward! Magazine

BRONWYN PRETORIUS: Many people recall the hilarious South African sitcom The Coconuts, but few students realise that the enthusiastic young actor from the hit TV-series has been attending Rhodes in order to fuel his ambitious plans for a career in the film industry.

PUMLA KALIPA: Movie lovers still depressed by the closing of Cinema Zone are in for a treat. Cinemas have historically struggled to survive in Grahamstown and this was reason enough to inspire four members of the ‘Grahamstown Book club’ to create a space where films can air without the danger of being shut down. This newfound endeavour, the Film Club, opened its doors on 16 May at the St Andrews College.

HEATHER DIXON: Whilst dreading the looming June Exams, I decided to take advantage of the services available to me at the Rhodes Counselling Centre. Considering I have no idea what to expect from these exams as they are the first of this kind I will ever write, I was feeling quite despondent.

Off I went to the ‘Study Vibes Workshops’ and the ‘Stress Management Workshops’ expecting someone to hand me all the answers to my problems. “This is how you will manage your time, motivate yourself, keep calm under the pressure and this is how you should be studying.” What I left with however, was something quite different.

Looking to land a graduate job? Understand what your employer really wants from you.

One of the reasons you may be struggling to find and secure employment after successfully finishing your degree or diploma is because you were probably never made aware of the fact that the first day after you finished high school, was actually the first day in your career. Or perhaps someone told you that, but you didn’t take the advice seriously at the time.

Coach K, helps with Job Search Strategies in issue no 8 of 4Ward! Magazine

DIMPHO MOLETSANE: Microsoft has announced a new automated translated service which provides conversation subtitles in real-time .
“It is early days for this technology, but the Star Trek vision for a universal translator isn’t a galaxy away, and its potential is every bit as exciting as those Star Trek examples,” writes Skype Vice President, Gurdeep Pall, in a blog post. “Translator opens up so many possibilities to make meaningful connections in ways you never could before in education, diplomacy, multilingual families and in business.”

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