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School of Administration & Management

Professional Skills & Work Readiness in South Africa

Qualification / Course Information

Minimum Duration:

Self-study within 8 weeks. Minimum focused learning time required: approximately 96 hours.

Minimum Credits:

Certificate of Completion

NQF Level:

Successful completion of this short course can be included to your portfolio of evidence for RPL consideration


Unassisted Online Learning



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How will the fourth industrial revolution affect your chances of career progression? What are the South African realities you need to consider? How does one best prepare for the workplace of the 21st century? How do you land that dream job? This Online Short Learning Programme will help you answer some of these questions and assist you in becoming a better professional. Improve your interview preparedness, technological skills, communication skills, cultural and social sensitivity, problem-solving, and business etiquette. Acquire the necessary practical skills to compile and maintain a professional curriculum vitae (CV) and resumé, and learn about cloud technology, remote working, and the role of artificial intelligence in modern workspaces. The Online Short Learning Programme is ideal for trainees, apprentices, graduates and school leavers looking to enter the workforce. Also suitable for job seekers and employees in the broader community looking to increase their confidence and success rate when applying for work or promotions in the context of the fourth industrial revolution and in the era of virtual workspaces.


  • Chrome browser

  • A desktop / laptop computer (this product is not mobile-friendly)

  • A reliable internet connection with continuous access and a minimum speed of 4MB (this product is not available offline)

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this Online Short Learning Programme.

However, it is recommended that the applicant has achieved English language competence at a level that is equivalent to Grade 12.


This Short Learning Programme consists of the following four units of learning:
  • Unit 1: The fourth industrial revolution: Global realities

  • Unit 2: The fourth industrial revolution: Southern African realities

  • Unit 3: Navigating the 21st-century workplace

  • Unit 4: Getting the job*

*If you have completed the micro course "Getting the job", you only need to complete Units 1-3 in this Prelude. You will receive 25% discount on the price of this short course.

At the end of this Short Learning Programme, you should be able to:
  • Describe how one can can secure a job in the 21st century

  • Create a successful curriculum vitae (CV) that takes into account the realities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

  • Navigate the 21st century office in terms of design, people, projects and technology

  • Discuss the nature of workplace diversity, virtual workspaces and flexible work environments

  • Apply your knowledge gained on professional skills, work readiness and the realities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to South African case studies



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