Phase 1

The candidates complete a self-assessment questionnaire. The assessment focuses on ten key behavioural skills required to be successful in the future world of work.

These are:
  1. Self-awareness and reflection
  2. Curiosity
  3. Multicultural fluency
  4. Build trust
  5. Adaptability
  6. Resilience and self-confidence
  7. Problem solving and decision making
  8. Team work/working in teams
  9. Discipline
  10. Growth mind-set
Phase 2

The second phase of the assessment has three parts:

  1. Personal and Key Skills Self-Assessment – this includes an analysis of the candidate’s strengths and areas they would like to improve. It asks questions such as:
    • To what extent does it matter if you are weak in some areas?
    • How might you improve your weaker areas?
  2. Personal SWOT and the candidate’s Personal Development Plan (based on 1 above)
  3. Producing a video about the candidate/their personal brand
2.1 Personal and Key Skills Assessment

Many candidates will have monitored or evaluated work-place skills whilst studying, or in the workplace, and some of them may have qualifications in some of these personal and key skills. What is important is that, whatever their previous experience, candidates continue to develop skills at higher levels and in new contexts.

One can never say that one has ‘done’, or ‘learnt’ a key skill and that one doesn’t need to think about it again. The whole point of such skills is that one uses and refines them all the time, and that one can readily transfer one’s skills to new experiences and situations.

The personal and key skills assessed are:

  • Management of self
  • Managing your learning
  • Problem-solving and decision-making
  • Communication
  • Working with others/teamwork
  • Curiosity
  • Data handling
2.2 Personal Development Plan

Based on their self-assessment in the previous section, the candidates prepare a SWOT analysis to reflect on and analyse their strengths and areas that require development.

Information is included that is gained from identifying personal and key skills, as well as from information obtained from friends, relatives, and work colleagues. The candidates then reflect on how they will develop their strengths and weak areas, minimise potential threats, and maximise future opportunities.

Next, the candidates prepare a personal development plan, which include personal goals around areas of development. The analysis of their personal and key skills and SWOT is used to identify areas that they need to develop. Candidates may also use evidence from other sources, such as feedback, and are encouraged to use the development needs list below to help them identify their goals for the plan:

  • Identified through analysis of personal and key skills
  • Identified through SWOT analysis
  • Identified from other sources (please include sources)
  • Academic and research
  • Work experience goals
  • Future career, employment/self-employment goals and direction
  • Personal and social goals

Candidates are also encouraged to ensure that their goals are SMART:

Specific – Measurable – Achievable – Realistic – Timescale

2.3 Video – My Personal Brand

Finally, the candidates are required to produce a short (3-5 minute) video about themselves. The video must capture the essence of who they are as a person, and could include:

  • A statement about their values
  • Unique characteristics that make them stand out above others
  • What they are passionate about
  • Hobbies and interests (sports)
  • What is their “gift” that they bring into this world?

The Top 100 will be drawn from an amalgamation of these scores and invited to a 2 day event at the Indaba Hotel in Johannesburg on the 17th and 18th September 2020, where they will be recognised, introduced to employers and stand a chance to become one of the ’10 of the Finest’.