“Success Comes by Working Smarter” ÔÇô this was the theme of Botswana International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) Annual Interns Workshop which was held this week whose aim was to further prepare the interns on career planning and development and inculcating in them professional work ethics.
The objectives of this workshop, which was held at the Cresta President Hotel, was to help improve the interns’ career development and planning, to get the feedback on challenges and opportunities they face in the workplace.
According to a press statement, the Internship Programme is part of IFSC’s Skills Readiness Initiative, which encourages companies and organizations to recruit college and university graduates.
“The programme is supported by the CV database on the IFSC’s Botsjobs.com internet site which is a comprehensive on-line listing database on CVs available to local and external Batswana graduate who register and post their CVs,” said the release.
Speaking at the event, whose objective was to solidify the relationship between the IFSC, the interns and the employers, Simon Hirschfield, IFSC Business Development Executive, stated that the programme is a strategic national initiative at large. He assured interns of their support and urged them to knock on their doors for advice.
“I’ve been in your shoes as I was once a job-seeker for quite a number of years
Addressing the interns, the Director of Capital Securities, Leutlwetse Tumelo said success comes by working smarter not harder.
“The truth is that working long hours does not mean you can achieve your target. You shouldn’t spend a lot of time doing everything. The best way is to focus on key activities that are very important,” he stated.
Tumelo said there is a need for people to be responsible so as to be able to adapt to the working environment. He said people should also make sure that they respond to issues, for instance, emails.
“This culture allows you to focus on key issues,” he stated.
He urged interns to always think outside the box saying, by doing this, supervisors tend to believe more in you. He appealed to them to avoid focusing purely on their job description and stressed that they do not exist anymore.
“Do not limit yourselves. Make sure you do something outside the norm. Go the extra-mile because average doesn’t work,” he emphasized.
Theo Mabille, the Human Resource Consultant at People Connections added, “Though you are young, it doesn’t mean that you are an underachiever. It might be hard to learn new things but don’t let that limit you; just make the sky your limit so as to go far.”
Giving testimony, Keletso Baipidi, who is an intern at IFSC, said ever since she stepped into IFSC, she was very much inspired by a group of dedicated people.
“IFSC opened my eyes to new things in life. In IFSC we work as a team and this always makes me feel not as if I’m an intern but instead a colleague,” she stated.
The IFSC CV database is available exclusively to companies that have registered with the IFSC and it provides them with a pool of young ambitious graduates from which they can identify the ideal profiles for the positions they seek to fill within their organizations.
Companies that have participated in the Internship Programme include, Deloitte, Botswana Development Corporation (BDC), Kingdom Bank, Hi-Performance Systems, AON, Botswana Insurance Co, Venture Partners, Accenture, Tertiary Education Council, Marketing Communications, Mascom and Orange.