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GRAD – your guide to university success

GRAD – your guide to university success

This resource is a guide for students adjusting to the transition from high school to university. GRAD is designed to help students understand their experiences in context and provides information and tips to cope with the challenges they face. 160 000 printed copies are annually distributed to South African students and it is also available as a download, e-book and podcast. GRAD is the product of a collaboration between Ruda Landman, StudyTrust, Van Schaik Publishers and Capitec Bank.

GRADnext — crossing the divide from student to working adult

GRADnext — crossing the divide from student to working adult

The partners who produced GRAD now added a guide for senior students. GRADnext was created to help final year students and first-time employees to prepare for the huge transition from student life to the working world. The 20 short chapters contain clear and practical guidelines, from deciding which jobs to apply for, how to write a CV, how to prepare for interviews, and how to negotiate the world of working adults – including managing money. You can download the text or listen to the 20 audio episodes for free. Just follow the links below:

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