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A better you-th

At Unilever, we believe in being a driving force for good, and we want to help create a better business and a better world. So this site is all about creating a better you. We believe in the power of young people who are passionate about making a difference. That starts with you – your purpose, your development and your growth.

Youth unemployment is one of the biggest threats to our societies. We want to help change that, but we cannot do it alone. That’s why we are partnering with other businesses, governments and NGOs to help young people become employed, together.

This site has been created to help you start your journey, level up your skills and build experiences to add to your CV that will make you more employable. From learning the basics of personal branding to boosting your digital skills, and even being able to take purposeful action through volunteering and becoming an active member of society, the experiences here have been designed to help you land your dream job.

Unilever Youth Strategy

At Unilever, we believe in making sustainable living commonplace. Each day, more than 2.5 billion people use a Unilever product in 192 countries. Everyday we work hard to help our employees get the right skills to live a happy and fulfilled life, and now we want to help you, young people all over the world, with an opportunity to become future-fit, and truly Level Up your skills and your employability.

“Being future-fit in a constantly changing world means you have to become a lifelong learner. Learning shouldn’t stop once you leave a classroom. Be curious, be brave and be deliberate, in actively finding your purpose as early in your career as possible. Let your purpose be your compass in how you develop your skills and experiences. This is how we can all truly ignite our uniquely human spark!”

– Leena Nair, Chief HR Officer

Leena Nair, Chief HR Officer of Unilever

South Africa's ambition

South Africa is home to nearly 11 million young people – a vibrant population with incredible potential to create a better South Africa for generations to come. With about 60% of South Africa’s youth being unemployed, Unilever South Africa wants to empower young people to level up their skills and become more employable. We have committed to equipping 1.5 million young South Africans with the skills to prepare them for the future of work in the next 5 years. Together, we can make a real impact and create leaders for the future. Start the journey to a Better You today!

We want you to truly Level Up your experiences, this is why we are expanding our offering beyond the Level Up site. As you navigate the site, you will learn some exciting stuff. Additionally, we are offering exclusive learning opportunities for you through:

  • Purpose workshops, usually only available to Unilever employees
  • Mentorship sessions by our very own Unilever leaders
  • Access to exclusive content from our partner organisations
  • Experiences through volunteer experiences and work opportunities

Did you know that people who have found their purpose in life are able to overcome challenges quicker and feel more fulfilled? Our Unilever leaders have found and understand the power of their purpose. And they want to help you find yours. So, sign up for a 1-hour mentoring session with one of our leaders and discover what it is you’re meant to do.

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Complete your journey,
discover your purpose

These are some of the most valuable professional areas to level up your skills. To be at your most effective, try to complete these areas in order.

Find your purpose
Level up your skills
Taking action
Acquire work
experiences

Finding your purpose and building a personal brand

Few things are more important than having a great sense of self.

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Activate better wellbeing and resilience

Resilience is key not only to your physical and mental wellbeing, but to securing your dream job.

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Develop your digital skills

You may have grown up with digital skills and even be an early adopter of consumer tech. But digital skills in the workplace are different and they’re constantly changing.

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Perfect your professional skills

From Digital Marketing to Finance to Project Management, if you’re looking for a professional career, you’ll need to sharpen your professional skills.

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Learn how to take action

93% of companies said they are more likely to hire young talent who have volunteering experience. Our Take Action hub offers the kind of purpose-driven opportunities to help people and the planet.

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Apply and join our talent community

Are you excited about the possibilities Unilever could lead to? The opportunity to make an impact and build a better future?

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Finding your purpose and building a personal brand

Few things are more important than having a great sense of self. Understanding who you are, what your unique skills and talents are, and what you bring to the world is important. We call this your personal brand. But it’s not a trick or about putting on a façade. It’s how you demonstrate the purpose inside of you, communicating what drives you as authentically as possible. To do this, you must be prepared, and these modules will show you how.

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How to be interview ready

An interview gives you the opportunity to show your potential new employer why you are the right candidate for the job. Here's what you need to know about how to be interview ready and getting a step closer to your dream job.

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Career planning

You cannot work towards career growth without a plan. Discover why planning equals success.

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Shine in the workplace

The more you shine in the workplace, the more likely you are to be considered for a promotion. Stand out!

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Financial freedom and budgeting

If you follow the right career advice and make certain sacrifices, financial freedom is within your grasp.

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Finding the right Job

Job hunting is not about finding just any job. The aim is to find a job that’s a fit for the employee you are now and the one you’re working to be in the future. If it's not the right job, you'll eventually spend more time looking for a new one. And if it happens too often, you may end up looking like a job hopper. This course has a few tips to help you find the best match for you to discover your strengths, repackage your skills for a new job and make the most of the interview tips you’ve learned.

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Communication at work

No long-term career success can take place without effective communication at work. Success requires you to shine in the workplace, and that cannot be done if you do not learn how to speak, listen and receive feedback. This set of career tips will help you master the art of getting a message across.

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Setting up and powering up your LinkedIn profile

In today’s busy world, branding yourself and connecting with other professionals has never been more important. One of the best platforms to do this is LinkedIn. You might look to set-up or improve your profile, start networking, or find the right job – whatever the reason, you’re in the right place!

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Workplace behaviours for career success

Looking for your dream job is one of the biggest challenges you can face in this world. But the journey to being successful does not end there: you need to first understand what the dream job is, build your personal brand and secure the job by showing the employer that you have what it takes. Sign up here to these amazing programs offered through Pearson Education.

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Commercial awareness

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Decision making

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Problem solving

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Teamwork

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Resilience

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Self - management

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Managing own personal performance

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Work ethics

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Professionalism

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Activate better wellbeing and resilience

Resilience is key not only to your physical and mental wellbeing, but to securing your dream job. Research shows that maintaining hope is essential to success when searching for your first job. The Resilience Bootcamp by Clear features two modules you absolutely must experience, so you gain the sheer persistence to capture the right career.

Succeeding through mentoring

Check out our quick tips on how to use a mentor to your advantage.

Reframing negative thoughts

Don’t let rejections get you down. Here’s how effective it is to maintain a positive attitude and how to transform those negative thoughts into something more productive.

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Develop your digital skills

You may have grown up with digital skills and even be an early adopter of consumer tech. But digital skills in the workplace are different and they’re constantly changing. So, we’ve teamed up with experts at Microsoft to help you develop the futureproof skills that will help you become more employable and adapt to any workplace. Mix and match the digital skills courses below to achieve your ambitions.

Become a data analyst

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Become an IT administrator / helpdesk

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Become an IT administrator

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Become a software developer

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Introduction to Power BI

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What is Microsoft 365?

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Get Started with Power Apps

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Azure fundamentals

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Perfect your professional skills

From Digital Marketing to Finance to Project Management, if you’re looking for a professional career, you’ll need to sharpen your professional skills. And these first-class LinkedIn Learning pathways are extremely useful in showing how to be your best in a wide range of careers.

Master in-demand professional soft skills

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Become a sales representative

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Become a project manager

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Become a customer service specialist

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Become a digital marketing specialist

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Become a financial analyst

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Become a graphic designer

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Learn how to take action

93% of companies said they are more likely to hire young talent who have volunteering experience. Our Take Action hub offers you purpose-driven opportunities to help people and the planet. Challenge yourself to help out purposeful brands and NGOs by giving some of your time for volunteering. It will change many lives, including yours!

Youth volunteerism

These are the reasons to believe in volunteering opportunities. Even when they’re in a field that is not your first choice, they can still help you discover your purpose.

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Apply and join our talent community

Are you excited about the possibilities Unilever could lead to? The opportunity to make an impact and build a better future? If we’ve already given you greater confidence that you can make a difference, put it to the test.

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Join our talent community and we will tell you about the opportunities that suit your personal goals. You will be notified about the opportunities we have – from jobs to internships, and even competitions and hackathons. Don’t forget to follow us on social for more great content and upcoming opportunities!

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