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Introduction

This course is designed with you and hopefully your future employment in mind. You will be provided with information, practical exercises and multiple choice questions (MCQs) at the end of each chapter that will help you develop yourself so that you are ready for work. We want you to understand what employers are looking for in terms of appearance, attitude and work readiness, which is crucial. You will acquire an understanding of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, business contracts and personal financial budgeting; appreciate the dangers of going into debt as well as the importance of health and safety in the workplace. You should find this course beneficial as you prepare for opportunities that come your way.

TSiBA Education has a proud tradition of graduating work ready, highly employable young South Africans, renowned for developing not only the business knowledge of students but also appropriate attitudes that employers are desperately seeking in the workplace. This first thing we want you to do is to fill out this Pre-Course Assessment. This isn’t for marks and there are no right or wrong answers but it is necessary that you share how you are currently feeling about work. The plan is to return at the end of the course and see if anything has changed.

Read each question below and indicate to the RIGHT of the question how much the quote describes you by putting a number in the box that reflects your feelings to the statement. There are no right or wrong answers. Your answers will be kept a secret. Remember to give only one answer per quote. The answer must be a choice of 1 to 5.

Therefore [1] = Strongly Agree, [2] = Agree, [3] = Neither Agree nor Disagree, [4] = Disagree, and [5] = Strongly Disagree. For example:

 

Nelson Mandela was a great leader.

1

 

The above answer indicates that the person answering this Strongly Agrees with the statement. So read each question below, think about how you feel toward the statement and in the box provided write in the number you think best expresses your feelings toward the statement. 

I am scared about what work will be like.

 

Teamwork is very important in today’s businesses

 

Listening is something I do very well

 

At work, attitude is everything

 

Work is more about how you are than what you know

 

My health and my safety are important parts of the workplace

 

I do not have to tell people at work if I am HIV positive

 

It’s ok if I arrive a little bit late for work, it doesn’t mean anything.

 

Staying out of debt is important

 

I know what the BCEA is

 

Managing my personal finances will help me at work

 

My personal values do play a part in how I am at work

 

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression

 

I can decide how to behave at work

 

I know what employers are looking for

 

Having a personal Code of Conduct is very important to me

 

I know about etiquette in the workplace

 

I am ready to work in a full-time job

 

 

As we come to the end of the first reading, and as you reflect on your answers, we would like you to think about the following questions:

How do you feel about the scores you have made? Do you think there is a possibility some might change in the future? Which ones are you happy about? Which are you unhappy about?