Counselling and Career Development

Counselling and career development downloads

The following self-help and information brochures are available for download:

Career information brochures

Career conversations

These conversation documents will help you to reflect on different aspects of your career development.

Employability

Prepare for opportunities (PDF)
This brochure will help you to think about your identity as a graduate and how you can start preparing for opportunities, including doing career research, reflecting on your skills, and how your self-confidence plays a role in your development.
My employability skills (PDF)
This brochure contains information about the different aspects of employability, including job-searching, how to prepare for interviews, CV writing, and compiling a career portfolio.
Interview skills (PowerPoint or PDF)  This presentation contains tips on how you can prepare for job interviews.
Your CV (PowerPoint or PDF)  This presentation contains tips about compiling your CV.
Your career portfolio (PowerPoint or PDF)  This presentation contains tips about compiling your career portfolio.
Negotiating references (PDF) Asking someone to be your referee is a process of negotiating your relationship with this person. Your referees are part of your professional network and can have a very positive impact on your career and academic development. Read more about the importance of creating and maintaining professional relationships with others who could become your referees.
These conversation sheets will help you to reflect on aspects related to your employability.

Study skills

Deep learning and motivation (PDF) Learn more about how to learn and how deep learning contributes to your study motivation.
Exam preparation (PDF) This brochure contains information about identifying your motivators and demotivators, how to prepare for exams, and how to reflect on your exam performance.
Negotiating relationships and your studies at Unisa (PDF) This workshop presentation contains some aspects to consider when you are negotiating with others to support you in your study journey.
Time management and motivation (PDF) This workshop presentation contains tips about managing your study time effectively.

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Podcasts

About counselling and career development

About Unisa Counselling and Career Development (MP3) Find out more about counselling & career development at Unisa, including what counselling is, the services offered and how to contact us.
Myths about counselling (MP3) There are a number of myths about counselling that deter students from seeking help. We talk about some of the myths about counselling and the role of counselling in supporting you during your studies and beyond. This interview was originally broadcast on Unisa Radio.

Your career

Career portfolio (MP3) Your career portfolio forms an important part of how you present yourself to organisations. Your portfolio will contain evidence of your skills and achievements and will help you to keep track of your own development. In this podcast, we share more about the process of putting together your portfolio.
Choosing a career (MP3) Learn more about the aspects to consider when choosing a career and what to study.
Enhancing your employability (MP3) Your employability is related to your ability to find and keep meaningful work. We review possible ways for you to develop your employability skills as you are studying.
Informational interviews (MP3) Conversations with people about the information you need can help you to make choices about how to best prepare yourself for what you want. We discuss the role of informational interviews and how to go about having effective conversations.
Making career choices (MP3) You will make choices about your career on a continuous basis. In this podcast, we chat about how to make effective career choices.
Managing your career (MP3) There are many strategies that you could use to actively manage your career so that you could prepare yourself for opportunities. Learn more about career management and some of the ways you can go about doing this.
Negotiating references (MP3) Asking someone to be your referee is a process of negotiating your relationship with this person. Your referees are part of your professional network and can have a very positive impact on your career and academic development. Listen to more about the importance of creating and maintaining professional relationships with others who could become your referees.
Planning your career (MP3) Even though you plan in an uncertain environment it is important to have an understanding of where you are going.
Online resources for career development (MP3) There are many online resources available that can assist you to plan and manage your career. Learn more about how you can use these online career development resources.

Prepare for career opportunities (3) (MP3)
Prepare for career opportunities (4) (MP3)

As you are studying, you need to prepare for a variety of career opportunities. In these interviews, we chat about ways you could prepare so that you are ready when you are presented with opportunities. These interviews were originally broadcast on Unisa Radio.

Relate your studies to your career (MP3)
Relate your studies to your career (2) (MP3)

As you are studying, you are developing important skills and it is important for you to be able to relate how your studies are contributing to your career development. Learn more about how you can reflect on what you are learning and how this is helping you to develop your career.

Social media and your career (1) (MP3)
Social media and your career (2) (MP3)
Social media and your career (3) (MP3)

Social media is a powerful platform for you to interact with professionals in your field, potential employers and building your brand. In these interviews, we talk about how you can utilise social media to identify career opportunities, and also the challenges related to social media.

Volunteering and your career  (MP3)

Find out more about how volunteering can form an important part of your career development and contribute to your skills development and growing a network.

Study orientation

Getting started with your studies (MP3)
Getting started with your studies (2) (MP3)
When you receive your first study package you might be feeling overwhelmed, excited and anxious. In these conversations we talk about planning, connecting and studying so that you can get settled in terms of your studies at Unisa.

Let's start (MP3)

Are you struggling to get started with your studies? Listen to ideas for study motivation, as well as practical tips for planning and organising your studies, what to do when you feel stuck and getting support.
Plan for a successful study year (MP3) Your preparation for a successful study year involves mental and practical issues. We talk about what you can do to prepare yourself to be ready for your studies. This interview was originally recorded at GrootFM for the College of Economic and Management Sciences community radio programme.
Prepare for your semester (MP3) There are a number of ways you could prepare for a successful study semester. In this interview, we chat about some of these effective strategies.

Study skills

How to manage your time (MP3)
Planning your time (MP3)
Time management (MP3)
Balancing your different life roles with your studies is challenging if you are not able to make effective use of the time you have available for your studies. Learn more about how you can manage your time effectively.

Making notes (MP3)
Notemaking (MP3)
Notemaking 2017 (MP3)

Making effective notes is an important part of your learning. In these conversations, we talk about the benefits of making notes and also two methods that you could try out.

Study challenges

Coping with your studies (MP3) Your studies may be one of your many other responsibilities. Learn more about how you can cope with your studies.
Effective ways of utilising support at Unisa (MP3)
Getting support at Unisa (MP3)
Learn more about how to negotiate support from others as you are studying through Unisa.

I have no energy to study, what now? (MP3)
I have no energy to study, what now? (2) (MP3)
I have no energy to study, what now? (3) (MP3)

You may find that you lack the energy to study. In this podcast, we chat about the causes of lack of energy and things you could try to manage this. This interview was originally broadcast on Unisa Radio.
Study motivation (MP3)
Study motivation (2) (MP3)
Study motivation and procrastination (MP3)
Learning at a distance needs you to be motivated because as much as the journey is exciting and rewarding, it can also be fraught with difficulties and challenges. It is a journey in which you must find something to hold on to within and outside yourself, in order to see it through to the end. Your study motivation, that both pulls and pushes you along, is what you will hold onto. In these conversations, we talk about internal and external motivators as well as practical things you could do to increase your motivation.

Exams

Exam preparation (MP3)
Exam preparation (2)
 (MP3)
Exam revision (MP3)

Although you have been preparing for your exams throughout the semester, there are some specific strategies you can us to prepare closer to the exams. Learn more about how you can prepare yourself to be ready for your exams.

Exams part I: Motivation (MP3)

It is important to reflect on your motivation to study when approaching the exams. Listen to some questions or aspects you could reflect on.

Exams part II: What do you still need to pay attention to? (MP3)

It is important to reflect on the things you still need to pay attention to in order to prepare for the exams. Here are some aspects you might want to think about.

Exams part III: Demotivators (MP3)

You need to reflect on those aspects that are making it hard for you to concentrate on your studies - what is demotivating you and what can you do about that?

Exams part IV: Exam revision (MP3)

What are the practical actions you have to take in order to revise for your exams. Listen to some aspects that may be important for you.

Exams part V: Exam questions (MP3)

Different types of questions require some adaptations in terms of your preparation for the examinations. Listen to some difference between essay-type and multiple-choice examination questions and what you need to be aware of.

Exams part VI: Exam anxiety (MP3)
Exam stress (MP3)

Feeling anxious before or during an examination is normal. However, you need to be aware of the signs of anxiety and think about how you could deal with this anxiety positively.
Exams part VII: Before, during and after the exams (MP3)
Before, during and after the exams (2) (MP3)
Exam day (MP3)
We share some tips for what to do before, during and after your exams.
Exams part VIII: Exam self-reflection (MP3)
Exam self-reflection (2)  (MP3)
After you have written the exam, you need to relax, but before you do so, spend some time to reflect on your experience of completing the exam, as well as what you could do differently in terms of your preparation for the next examination period.

Dealing with a traumatic experience before the exam (MP3)
Dealing with a traumatic experience before the exam (2) (MP3)

Dealing with a traumatic experience during before an exam can be overwhelming and disturbing. In this interview, we talk about how one could get support. This interview was originally broadcast on Unisa Radio.

Exam self-reflection (MP3)
Exam self-reflection (2) (MP3)

Reflecting on an exam you have written is important for you to identify your areas of development and celebrate your successes. We discuss the aspects you could reflect on to help you prepare for your next exam. This interview was originally broadcast on Unisa Radio.

Personal development

Self-confidence (MP3)
Self-confidence (2) (MP3)

A lack of self-confidence impacts on your career, your studies and your relationships with others. In this interview, we chat about ways you could consider building your self-confidence. This interview was originally broadcast on Unisa Radio (MP3).
Dealing with emotions (MP3) How you feel about challenges impact on your ability to manage these challenges. Learn more about how you can deal more effectively with emotions that impact on your studies and career.
Getting support (MP3) We all need support, but asking for help is not always easy. We talk about effective ways of negotiating support from others. This interview was originally broadcast on Unisa Radio.
What if I feel worried that I will not cope with my studies? (MP3) Feeling worried about one's studies is normal, however, in this podcast we talk about anxiety that impacts on our confidence to study. We also talk about some strategies you could use to manage your anxiety in terms of your studies.
Testing reality (MP3) You can spend a lot of time thinking about your life and how challenging things are - literally imprisoning yourself in your head. It is important to take small, calculated risks so that you could build your self-confidence and learn from your experiences (good or bad).
Coping with adversity (MP3) We talk about the impact of adversity on our studies and discuss some strategies to cope with this. This interview was originally broadcast on Unisa Radio.
Problem-solving (MP3) Learn more about how you can go about solving problems effectively.

Thinking differently about challenges (MP3)
Thinking differently about challenges (2) (MP3)

All of us experience challenges in terms of our studies - is there another way to think about challenges so that you could continue with your studies more effectively? Listen to this podcast to find out more.

Workshop handouts