5 Employment Tips for Youth to Kickstart Their Careers

Pictured from left, gsport Writer Lonwabo Nkohla, rising sport presenter Karabo Peter, gsport Content Lead Celine Abrahams and former gsport Intern Jessica De Lira. Photo: gsport

Are you a young person trying to navigate the job market? Are you feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or unsure of how to stand out from the competition? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.


Today’s job market is more competitive than ever, but with the right mindset, skills, and strategies, you can achieve your career goals and make your dreams a reality.

In this article, we’ve compiled some essential employment tips for the youth that are relevant, inspiring, and actionable.

1. Network, network, network: Today’s job market is highly competitive, but building a strong network of contacts can help you stand out from the crowd. Attend industry events, join professional groups on social media, and connect with influencers and experts in your field. You never know who might offer you your next job opportunity or connect you to someone who can.

2. Build your personal brand: Your online presence matters more than ever, so make sure your social media profiles and website reflect your professional goals and values. Showcase your skills, achievements, and personality, and use your online platforms to network, share content, and engage with your audience

3. Focus on soft skills: While technical skills are essential, employers also value soft skills, such as communication, teamwork, adaptability, and problem-solving. Look for opportunities to develop and showcase these skills, both in and outside of your work, and emphasize them in your job applications and interviews.

4. Be open to new experiences: The job market is constantly evolving, so it’s crucial to be flexible and open to new experiences and opportunities. Consider internships, freelance work, or volunteering to gain new skills and expand your network. Be willing to take risks and step outside of your comfort zone to explore different career paths and industries.

5. Stay up-to-date: In today’s fast-paced world, it’s essential to stay up-to-date with the latest trends, technologies, and best practices in your field. Attend webinars, read blogs and industry publications, and join online communities to keep learning and growing.

Remember, finding your dream job takes time and effort, but with persistence, determination, and the right mindset, you can achieve your career goals and make a positive impact in the world. Don’t be afraid to take risks, explore new opportunities, and showcase your unique skills and personality. With these employment tips, you’re well on your way to a fulfilling and successful career. Good luck!

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Photo 1 Caption: Pictured from left, gsport Writer Lonwabo Nkohla, rising sport presenter Karabo Peter, gsport Content Lead Celine Abrahams and former gsport Intern Jessica De Lira. Photo: gsport

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