The more things change, the more they stay the same!
The 21st century has seen massive advancements in technology, daily acceleration in the digital landscape and the functionality of applications in social media – yet career-seekers still face the same dilemmas as previous generations when looking to the future.
“Making the right career choice in today’s world can be just as confusing now as in previous generations,” says Tracy Borland, Recruitment Consultant at Suncoast Casino, Hotels & Entertainment. “In fact it may be more so given that the scope of vocations to choose from is now broader than ever.”
Digital jobs such as cyber forensic analysts, growth hackers, social media influencers, application designers or developers – the list is endless and the job descriptions seem exciting to today’s youth. With subject selections to be made midway through high school and applications to be submitted to tertiary institutes, how does one know whether the career choice is the right one?
Borland suggests planning career choices around one’s interests. “The saying, ‘Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life,’ is so true.
“Bear in mind the digital landscape is making it even harder to find the right career, with new jobs and opportunities opening up each and every day,” Borland adds. “Statistics also show that the average person changes jobs 10 to 15 times in a lifetime. That’s an average of 12 job changes in one’s full career and that statistic is expected to grow according to the trends of Generations Y and Z.”
As a recruitment consultant at SUNCOAST, Borland is responsible for attracting and matching job applicants to the right position – in a company with over 1000 staff members. “It’s always wonderful to meet young and ambitious individuals who are eager to establish themselves within their respective careers whether it is within sales, marketing, IT or engineering.”
SUNCOAST’s Tracy Borland shares the following tips on how to make the right career choice:
- Know your strengths, values, personality and skills:
- Ensure that the career you want to pursue plays to your strengths, values, personality and skills. If you don’t like working with people, a field such as Human Resources will not be fun for you, leaving you disappointed.
- Make a list of careers you like:
- Drawing up a list will help in choosing the right career and job satisfaction.
- Set career goals:
- Determining career objectives makes it easier to find and advance in the right job.
“Career options in the gaming industry are endless and varied and include anything from working with people, to number-crunchers, security, the on-hand gaming division itself – technical or on the casino floor, marketing, sales or in the hospitality fields (hotel, restaurant or entertainment divisions). Identify the area that suits your strengths and interest, establish what studying and/or training needs to be done and go for it!”
ABOUT SUNCOAST CASINO, HOTELS AND ENTERTAINMENT:
Influenced by the Art Deco style of Miami South Beach, SUNCOAST Casino, Hotels & Entertainment is Durban’s most loved entertainment destination. It boasts an unparalleled atmosphere from its location on Durban’s stretch of palm-lined beaches known as the Golden Mile and is within walking distance of the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium.
SUNCOAST is an integral part of the Durban entertainment scene and is currently undergoing an expansive refurbishment that will see the expansion of the gaming floor with 1,850 slot machines, 71 gaming tables, opening of a number of new restaurants, The Barnyard Theatre as well as the launch of The Suncoast Globe, a multi-purpose eventing venue. The jewel in the Suncoast crown is the new Salon Privé situated on the upper level with 180-degree sea views with its opulent Art Deco design creating a world-class gaming experience.
With a choice of everything from the finest cuisine, to fast food and laid back coffee spots, Suncoast offers Durban dining for every taste. Catch all the latest blockbuster movies on the big screen at Suncoast Cinecentre with eight movie theatres to choose from and the largest 3D screen in KZN, the Supernova. There is more great family entertainment on offer at The Magic Company where the kids and young at heart can enjoy hours of fun with modern and classic arcade games.
Attached to the SUNCOAST complex is the luxurious Suncoast Towers and SunSquare Suncoast hotels which offer superior accommodation for the discerning leisure and business traveler. A stay at the hotel would not be complete without a signature treatment at the Balinese-style spa located on the 9th floor. The stylish Jeera Restaurant located in the hotel is also a must for a culinary experience never to be forgotten.
SUNCOAST Casino, Hotels & Entertainment is owned by Tsogo Sun Gaming.