Raelyn Christopher Tunks, a 28 year-young graduate who studied Business Administration in 2014 is a beneficiary of Junior Achievement Zimbabwe (JAZ) and the Zimbabwe Works project in Bulawayo. After spending 2 years looking for work with no success, the internship program was a stepping stone to his career. “As a graduate I was not ready for work due to poor interview skills, job application skills, work ethics and time management skills. I went on six interviews without success,” says Raelyn.
Raelyn was trained in work readiness in November 2016. The training covers skills demanded by employers such as work ethic, effective communication, decision making, time management, job application letter and CV writing. After the training JAZ assisted him to find an internship placement at Fidelity Life Assurance in Bulawayo in January 2017. The placement gave him work experience and to put into practice the skills in which he was trained. Raelyn grew confident to apply for a job and was successful when he was invited for an interview at Impala Media Productions in February 2017.
“My life changed in a short period of time. It was easier for me to prepare a market-based CV and being successful during the interview as I presented my strengths, which I was not doing before. I am happy to be a Marketing Representative. If it were not for JAZ and their partners I would have crossed the border like many other young people to seek greener pastures in South Africa.” says Raelyn.
“I am forever indebted to this employability program and I hope other people are not deprived of such an amazing opportunity. The training transformed me and now I do not fear applying for any job on the market,” says Raelyn.