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Becoming a global graduate

The uncertainty of finding a job after years of tertiary studies continues to remain one of the leading concerns for prospective graduates in South Africa.

Students in their final year of studies usually feel the pressure of gaining industry-related experience out of fear of not being able to secure a job once they have completed their studies.

Although not many tertiary institutions assist with job placements, Rosebank College has placed over 3 000 Independent Institute of Education (IIE) graduates in first-time jobs through its Graduate Empowerment Programme since 2012.

The programme, which only began in 2012, has sourced employees for Cell C, Bidvest Paperplus, Apple iStore and Internet Solutions to name a few.

The purpose of the programme is to equip graduates with skills, understanding and personal attributes, making them more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupation.

An average of six IIE graduates who went through the programme were placed daily during 2014.

Fields in which The IIE graduates study at Rosebank College include IT management, journalism, public relations, office administration, construction and engineering drafting, business management and business administration to name only a few.

Built on feedback received from companies in which the graduates are placed, the Graduate Empowerment Programme relies heavily on the direct feedback from client organisations about the attributes that new graduates most need.

The Graduate Empowerment Programme coaches graduates on how to distinguish themselves from others and become more employable - basically becoming a "global graduate".

Graduates are being "career coached" and taught how to compile a winning cover letter, CV writing, how to dress the part and how to best sell themselves in an interview.

For more information on the Graduate Empowerment Programme, contact Lillian Bususu at Rosebank College at 011 403 3680.

Rosebank College

Rosebank College, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education, operates from five registered sites in the following cities: Braamfontein (Johannesburg), Auckland Park (Johannesburg), Pretoria CBD, Sunnyside Pretoria and Durban. Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build successful careers. The IIE's quality, accredited programmes offered at Rosebank College have a strong technological focus, enabling students to thrive in today's working world. Its academic approach is intensely career-orientated and technology-driven and the qualifications are designed and frequently reviewed to meet changing market demands. This is done to stay in line with the latest skills developments within a specific career field, which allow students the opportunity to embark on higher education studies to build pathways, both academically and professionally. Rosebank College prides itself on three pillars of offering, being affordability, quality education and graduates that are employable. Rosebank College has successfully placed over 2 618 graduates since 2012.

The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE)

The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE - is South Africa's leading private higher education institution. With over 82 accredited higher education programmes, from higher certificates to master's degree level, offered on more than 20 campuses across the country through the highly respected and recognised educational brands of Vega, Varsity College, Rosebank College, Design School Southern Africa (DSSA), The Independent Institute of Education is the most accredited, registered private higher education institution in the country.

The IIE is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a private higher education institution and its full qualifications are accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) by SAQA. As South Africa has only one quality assurance and registration system for public and private higher education institutions, this accreditation and registration is evidence that The IIE (and all its educational brands and campuses) meets and, in fact, exceeds all the standards and criteria set by these bodies.

Each brand focuses on a particular student market and has created a student focused environment best suited to meet the needs and aspirations of its students. The IIE has a strong central academic and quality assurance team which is responsible for the registration of students, the curriculum, and quality of delivery, assessment and certification (graduation) of all the qualifications offered. This means that all students on all campuses receive an equitable educational experience from curriculum to assessments. This includes academic resources, facilities and support.