Worked as a Lecturing Assistant for 1 year preparing and presenting lectures to senior students. This teaches time management especially when you run classes at night. This is a good foundation and environment for when you are still studying but would like to start building up work experience.
Compliance with specific requirements in assisting students and academic staff to manage their roles towards students. All aspects within the sector are covered during a lengthy process over many years during which time policies and skills are mastered.
Also less stress free periods where personal affairs and own needs could be attended to.
Management of student affairs to ensure that students are assisted in a professional manner is highly rewarding.
Sense of belonging and functioning without constant interference.
Demanding at times especially towards the conclusion of qualifications at the end of the final year.
Food service supervisor (Current Employee) – Pretoria, Gauteng – 11 June 2017
- Our clients are student, they eat breakfast, lunch and supper every day. - Don't argue with a client, - Management always open for new ideas - Clean as you go, and always on uniform - Having 0% waste at food service is impossible - Team work
Free breakfast and lunch (one meal per day)Two shifts
The team was great and I had lots of fun. We were encouraged to take our work and education very serious and the management made sure we don't work too much overtime so that we can have enough time for our books.
Part-time contract:Updating a backlog of applications for funding.
Study Finance assistant (Former Employee) – Pretoria, Gauteng – 13 February 2017
Receiving and making sure that all students applying financial assistance submit the correct documentation and updating their files on the computer system, explaining to students why they have to submit certain documents,updating the system so that management can determine how many students looking to enroll still need financial assistance from the government student funding scheme.
Own office, free lunch
Working with students who do not understand that they cannot just arrive and apply, They have to follow procedure
Senior Admin officer (Former Employee) – Project Management department – 13 January 2017
Placing orders, taking munites and answering and transferring calls I learned how to work with different cultures Management involved in staff growth Friendly and a good team of co-workers Assisting Project Managers allocate funds and aply for funding Being send for courses to enhance me
I would typically deal with basic administrative affairs of managing the orchestra and assisting the manager. I learned how to work hard and efficiently and how to engage with different personalities. The hardest part of the job was keeping up with the demands from a management side. I enjoyed the challenge of deadlines.
In the Student Accounts division, we always work as a team on the daily basis. Working in the team has taught me that work is completed faster if it is shared and my colleagues provide assistance where needed. We are able to meet the deadlines. The management approves of the work and pushes for targeted deadlines.
We registered students at the beginning of the academic year. I learned how to be an administrator and how to communicate with the students, which were our clients. Management was fair and just. There was good camaraderie amongst co-workers. The hardest part of the job was dealing with long queues of clients that need to be serviced. The most enjoyable part of the job was meeting new people everyday.
University of Pretoria (UP) is a fast paced and dynamic environment especially in the directorate of student funding whereby we have to allocate funding and adjust each funding according to donor specifications. The main purpose of the job is to facilitate funding such as bursaries and loans to enrolled student at University. The job is categorised into four parts per quarter whereby first quarter is focused on dealing with student application process, processing of applications.
Quarter two is focused on assisting student with registration arrangement mainly financially needy and academically deserving student.
Quarter three is focused on allocating funds to the student accounts, assist the with signing of contracts, payment of allowances for meals, transport and accommodation.
Quarter four is focused on payments of accounts, finalising of accounts, validation of awards, monitoring and controlling of pay-outs.
I have learned to deal with people from a diversified background, multitasking, professionalism and selflessness. Furthermore, I learned financial management through allocation of funds, communication skills, work independently and as well as a team player, resolve issues in an amicable manner and to be considerate in handling enquiries.
The hardest part of the job is to inform student that they have been declined for financial assistance.
The most enjoyable is allocation of funds, seeing happy faces and getting to register and hosting of private sponsors e.g. Eskom, REAP etc.
It is a well resourced, productive and enjoyable place to work at.
Intern (Current Employee) – Onderstepoort, Gauteng – 29 April 2016
My mentor and I plan a day ahead what I will be busy with the next day. Upon arriving at work I report to my mentor, ask her if she needs help with anything. Do lab work, if I have any. I have learned to plan ahead, be proactive, be dependable, networking and take interest in other people's work and not be self absorbed. The management is hard working, efficient and easily approahable but there is also room for improvement. My co-workers are fiendly and caring people, they treat each other with consideration and respect like brothers and sisters. The most hardest part of the job is dealing with different people with different attitude sometimes, it helps not to take their attitude to heart and not allow them to spoil my day. The most enjoyable part of the job is that each day I get to learn a new thing or skill which broaden my knowledge and develop my mind. Also the social events they have once in a while