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.

Susheila Moodley writes about the urgency and the need for the compliance industry in South African business. Along with how a qualification in the industry creates stability and opportunities in business.
The need for compliance has often created niche markets to service businesses that require support in becoming compliant. The emergence of these new enterprises are based upon specialist skills that individuals have... these specialist skills are often in demand in specific sectors and give rise to these niche enterprises. South Africa like every other country in the world is struggling with the lingering impacts of the 2008 recession. Most disturbing of all has been the rise in youth unemployment, illustrated by the inability of graduates leaving university to find or retain employment.

Money talks, sure it doesn’t sit and have coffee with you on a Sunday afternoon - but it still has enough common sense to give you advice that at times can dictate your life. From high school through to university, individuals are battling the conversation of finances and though higher education is supposed to be the breeding ground for tomorrow’s future thinkers and leaders, it’s now becoming a stumbling block for graduates with no direction and attached with a lovely red bow is a neatly written price tag!  
Welcome to the next phase of the financial recession…the knock-on effect.

In a time when presidents of countries have become more than just public representatives but rather CEO’s of countries, a career in politics has become both popular and at the same time competitive. Controversy aside, the political atmosphere is radiated with a number of opportunities and individuals seeking employment in the sector tend to wander through via the Political Science route.

Here at FirstStep.me we get loads of questions of how to start a sustainable business, so much so we started our own book series called “The Fun Side of Being Serious” authored by Yashivan Govender with Shaun Ryan. However we put together some quick fire tips to creating a sustainable business:
How to start your own business:
1. First you need an idea.
2. The trick to monetizing that idea, advertising, products, services…most of the time depends on sales!  
3. Convert that concept into a plan, basically how the company will operate, what your predictions for the business will be and how much time will be needed to get the business to fully take off.
4. A trial run, as soon as you can put your concept into practice, this will give you a basic idea of how your business can operate in an open market. If it fails on a small scale at least you can work forward to building on that.
5. Take the leap and launch your business.