Exploring options, practical experience, research, and doing a legal Internship in Sri Lanka!

Q: I am about to finish high school in South Africa, I am at a top school in the country and now I need to know what are my next steps. My plan has always been to study law after I completed high school. I have used high school as a great way to prepare myself for the world at large but now it is crunch time. One of my ideas is to do a legal internship in Sri Lanka, the idea is to do something substantial providing value experience along with gaining knowledge into my future career. Please can you give me some ideas of going forward?
 
A: Firstly, you seem to be motivated to rock the planet and your question is refreshing to say the least. We dig your whole understanding of the high school education system and then trying to figure out the next step. In terms of your future plans, it’s all about options and then making sure you choose the one that best suits you. The Sri Lanka idea is actually pretty cool, because you are combining aspects which are very important to your overall future. So let’s take a look at options:

“Most people in our industry will tell you – this is a job you do for love! You get to meet the most incredible people doing good in conservation…”-Candice Pretorius co-founder of Ulovane Environmental Training
 
As individuals text the latest updates on their Smartphone or coordinate their next event on some social media platform or another, the world spins around on its axis while time ticks away. A population enveloped in technology is looking past the fundamentals of the planet allowing it to take a backseat in terms of priority.
 
With unemployment and the global economy in such a panic mode, the biggest platform that is being least recognised as a new employment market is a natural, tangible and totally unutilised one…and it is definitely not digital!

Remember Renton played by Ewan McGregor in the movie Trainspotting. McGregor’s character was seen running around trying to find his way through life, the movie was laced with drugs, recklessness and an underlying tone of a lack of choices. Trainspotting became a cult classic in the 90’s, it made McGregor a household name, it created an awareness of the affects of drugs on young individuals and it raised questions about societies youth. So what has changed since then…

Take Notes- A youth crisis is on it's way! 

Take Notes- A youth crisis is on it's way!
 
Not much it seems with education, money, employment and life choices, still being crucial issues striking the decision makings of many a young individual and not just in local environments but on a global scale. Global economies are failing to cater for young individuals who in the future will be handling the reins of these actual economies. University debt, savings, unemployment are just hyped up words that are being used flirtatiously instead of addressing a problem that is youth unemployment. Instead the challenge that is youth unemployment has now collapsed into a sphere that is a youth crisis.

Q: I currently work as a producer for a national radio station and looking to gain more experience in the industry either through studying further or doing a radio exchange with a foreign based station. I have a Honours degree in Journalism and the next step would be to pursue a Masters, also funding is a big issue. Please can you assist!
 
A: A Career in the radio industry rocks, no pun intended, entering the industry after obtaining a degree/qualification focussed on media or journalism is the study route that makes sense. The list of careers range from producing, presenting, technical support, etc...check out the UK based Creative Skillset website for a breakdown of the industry. However it is the experience that one picks up in-studio that earns the "real" credit, furthering your studies or finding an exchange program with another station would be a great way to expand on (in this case) your already built career.

Entering the working world is no easy task, rising challenges face many an individual looking to build their way through the ranks of corporate entities. At the same time strong performing corporations look to maintain and grow within relevant markets, Ernst & Young is one such corporation and employment is a relevant part of their development. FirstStep.me spoke to Ernst & Young (South Africa) human resources advisory division about the selection criteria and processes surrounding the hiring of Graduates.

Making the cut at Ernst & Young
 
Ernst & Young
 
What are the various graduate positions that Ernst & Young (South Africa) hires and what roles do these positions serve?
 
Graduates in PI, RISK - IA, AAS & ITRA. The graduates are provided with opportunities to learn through structured learning, on the job coaching and by being assigned a counselor who will be responsible to support their performance and learning. They will have structured roles and expectations which will be measured at the end of each project. When you are hired permanently without first having gone through an internship, the graduate receives all the benefits afforded to experienced hires.