"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


Universities and Colleges


Ready. Steady. Study. (first year students, induction programmes, bridging programmes)

New life skills for newly independent students. 

  • Written and spoken communications skills for university and college
  • Preparing for life in residence
  • Safety on campus
  • Health, wellness and nutrition
  • Sexual responsibility
  • The basics of academic writing
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Understanding and embracing diversity
  • Study and exam tips
  • Time management
  • Socialising, networking and making friends
  • Developing a career-orientated mindset

Intensive three-day workshop.

The job-seeking mindset 

CVs that sell  

  • Your innate skills + acquired skills + required skills + market needs = success
  • Tailoring your CV to specific organisations
  • It’s not what an organisation can do for you, it’s what you can do for an organisation
  • Compiling your CV

Interview essentials  

  • Preparation
  • Presentation
  • Body language, voice, attitude
  • Overcoming nervousness 

3.5 hour workshop.

Writing with purpose 

Day one

  • Understanding – and unleashing – the power of the written word
  • Back to basics (materials provided)
  • Grammar, punctuation, spelling, consistency
  • Phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs, sections and chapters
  • Basic MS Word layout (headings, subheadings, bullet points, spacing, indenting, consistency)
  • Homework

Day two

  • Reading well to write well
  • Finding and using the right words
  • Writing with purpose
  • Creating structure: situation, complication, question, solution
  • Homework

Day three

  • The keys to academic writing
  • Theses, reports, essays
  • Homework 

3 day hands-on workshop; maximum 20 participants

Speaking with purpose 

Day one  

  • Releasing your voice: pitch, pause, pace, projection and tone
  • Breath control and stage fright
  • Preparation is everything
  • Homework

Day two  

  • Structuring a speech or presentation
  • Respecting your audience
  • Retaining your integrity
  • Developing your own style
  • Homework

Day three  

  • Live presentations
  • Handling audience responses
  • Critique and feedback from other participants
  • Essential reading 

Three-day hands-on workshop; maximum 20 participants.

Communications essentials for teachers/lecturers and administration staff (all schools, colleges and universities)

Creating a communications protocol and style guide tailored to your establishment's ethos; communications skills guidelines workshops.

Duration depending on requirements.

Job-seeking essentials (all students)

How to start creating a network; the value of earning while learning; how to apply for a job; basic interview skills.  

1.5 hour workshop.

Get ready for work (all students)
Why attitude matters, dressing on a budget, communications etiquette and guidelines, essential workplace practices, cultural diversity.  

3 hour workshop.

The meaning of work (all students)
Finding meaning and job satisfaction through earning, becoming, discovering yourself, leading, serving, challenging, enjoying.  

3 hour workshop.

Finding fulfilment in work (students and parents)

Regardless of the field you are entering or the state of the job market, it is possible to find fulfilment – once you know who you are, what you’re good at, and what brings you joy.  

20 minute talk.

Let’s talk business (students and parents)
The greatest divide between social and educational culture, and work culture lies in communications. Here’s why it’s important to know – and apply – the new rules.  

20 minute talk.

Working to work (first year students and parents)
The question I’m most asked is ‘what can I do to find a job once I graduate?’ The answer lies in the question.  

20 minute talk.