"I love Your First Year of Work - A Survival Guide. Every college and university should have this book, in numbers, in their libraries, bookstores, and Career Centres.” - Prof Jonathan Jansen, Rector UFS


Dear Shelagh


Workplace advice


I wrote Your First Year of Work in response to the obvious needs of job seekers, the newly employed, and their employers. There is such a vast – and not always obvious – divide between the social and education cultures, and work culture. While ‘work’ is the logical next step after formal education, how to conduct yourself in this new environment isn’t always as logical. The ways of work are mysterious indeed, and I made it my mission to decode those mysteries and spell out the whats, whys and hows of work; bridging this great divide by empowering new employees and taking some of the pressure off their employers.


However, while covering all the basics, Your First Year of Work couldn’t offer a solution to every individual situation or dilemma. All workplaces are different; all bosses are different; all employees are different.

The solution? Your very own workplace agony column, Dear Shelagh, ready willing and able to help you figure out what to do in a given work related situation. Questions can be emailed to dearshelagh@cybersmart.co.za