The Hustle continues with Byronne Essack, THE STORY OF HOPE
Byronne Essack is originally from Cape Town and moved to Johannesburg about 3 years ago. Coming to the foundation Thembalitsha, he attended School Of Hope matriculated there.
Going to Johannesberg, he gained experience and came back to the foundation, which he his working along side with and helped out with the orginisational work. " We are in a generation/society where we are all about giving back and our youth are empowered" say Byronne.
School Of Hope has been in existence for 18 years. They've been giving a second chance to the youth in training health care and being there for society. He states that being in JHB it's been hectic to get a job, he calls he story the Story of Hope. Being in JHB he was unable to complete his studies because of the lack of funding. He took a close look at how people have been getting into jobs and from that he has looked at a new initiative that we as people are able to start.
When you go into a company, know that they are looking for game changers, not just people coming in with a CV. He explains that he played with the big sharks, drowned and got back up to shore. We're in a very high unemployment rate and it is something we can work on by starting an initiative. Essack says that we need to look at ourselves intellectually and understand emotionally where you're at before going for an interview. You need to know that you're need to put your feelings aside, be mentally, intellectually and emotionally prepared and be ready for the corporate world.
The percentage of young unemployed people has risen from 2013-2017 by 51.93% in South Africa. He has been in situations where he has been told by people in his life that he is chasing titles and therefore he cannot get a job. When you get to understand who is in your life, one needs to establish oneself by saying, this is where I'm going and if your surroundings are not supporting that, you need to draw the line.
See what you can bring forward to a company, instead of just going for an interview. The reason Byronne his working closely with the School Of Hope and the Thembalitsha Foundation, is because they've given him ground to establish himself as an entrepreneur and not to leave it at matric and search for a job. At his awards evening he received two books, which was a photography and a videography/ graphic design book.
When he couldn't finish his studies, he sat for a month at home just reading through the texts books that he had received from school, and it was a business studies book that was included in that. Not long after that his first interview was a success. The way that had happen was, he made an appointment, not waiting for dates that were available for the interviews. He happen to go a week before and left his CV at reception and said that the guy needs to meet him for a reason. The guy immediately contacted him, weirded out by the fact that Byronne expecting an appointment, but brought him to see what he has to proposed.
Byronne advised, to do a background check on the company you want to work for. You're are not going for the job but offering the company what they do not have, even if it's not in the job description. He researched the company and looked for a mistake, and he found that their response time to their reviews was longer, between 5 hours and a week. If you can respond to your fans within a minute, you will broaden the fan-base and other companies would want to work with them. If he noticed the mistake, how many others have not. He laid down the proposal and he got the job.
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