Where Are They Now?
After graduation, Sinethemba, joined the graduate programme at Rand Merchant Bank.
“I benefited a lot with Excel@uni in terms of support during my years of studies.
My mentor used to give me practical guidance on my personal development, especially when I had my specific issues that affected me academically. He also helped me a lot in terms of setting up my CV to appeal to the recruiters, and I still use that structure and advice up until today when I update my CV. I also attended several workshops, one that I still remember is the PowerPoint training. This helped my PowerPoint skills to improve, and the nice thing about these short courses is that you could add them to your LinkedIn profile and your CV. Furthermore, you could get endorsement on these skills from your peers.
The other thing that I found useful was the Strengthfinder assessment tool which assesses one’s personality and where one is best suited to work and/or careers one can pursue. I will forever be grateful for this, especially.”
After graduation, Katlego pursued his master’s degree in architecture at University of Pretoria and worked as a junior architectural designer.
“I learned a lot about time management, and I still use it today. The second thing my mentor really helped with is expressing myself fully and properly. I am normally someone that uses a lot of slang and abbreviations, but my mentor asked me to read a book and give a summary of the book. The initial draft of the summary was not very well articulated. I was using words like Hmmm and abbreviations like I’m, It was really bad. It was not like I could not write but it was something I was not taking a note of, now I proofread everything even my WhatsApp texts”
After graduation, Basetsana joined the graduate programme at Growthpoint Properties.
“Excel@uni was very helpful to me especially when I initially joined the mentorship programme. At the time, I was still funded by another bursary. The bursary covered only my tuition and books, but it did not cover groceries, so I was struggling with that. However, my Excel@Uni mentor helped me a lot. She helped me put together a motivational letter for the Growthpoint bursary. I managed to get an interview and I was awarded the bursary with Growthpoint. The bursary covered everything including tuition, books and groceries.”
After graduation, Danialle joined the Coronation internship programme.
“Excel@Uni provided a great support structure during my university journey. During my final year, I had a lot of anxiety and stress issues. However, with Excel@uni, I had someone to talk to, who would listen to me.
The CV preparation and Interview preparation webinars helped me a lot. As I speak now, I still use the same CV I used when we completed the CV preparation course. The Interview readiness was also very great in preparing me for interviews and acing my interviews.
One thing I would like from the Lungela Career Readiness or Mentorship offering is for the programme to continue for at least the first six months of starting in the work environment. You know when you are just getting started in the workspace, everything is new. Things can be overwhelming and frustrating at work sometimes, and if that mentorship and support could stay for six months as we start our careers it would help a lot.”
After graduation, Nhlanhla joined JP Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Banking division.
“I was quite big on making connections while I was studying, I was strategic and conscious about what I was studying and what opportunities were available for me. I believe this is what I learnt from my Excel@Uni mentor at the time. Our engagements more focused on preparing for the future. For example, I was doing well at school, studying finance and Accounting, and I was coming from a math and science background in high school. What was important was preparing myself for the future, understanding the whole purpose of what I was studying”
After graduation, Monica joined Concor as a Quantity Surveyor.
“I joined Excel@Uni in my third year. Through Excel@Uni, I got exposed to the career readiness programmme. This programme helped me realize the importance of gaining work experience. Through the programme, Excel@Uni helped me learn how to write a CV and motivational letter and they would encourage us, cohort of students at the time, to apply for part-time jobs while we were at university to gain experience and exposure in the work environment. This was done to prepare us for the real world of employment after graduation. I am very grateful for this. This what I took from Excel@Uni, and as a mentor now at Excel@Uni, I also encourage my mentees to do the same.”
After graduation, Yuriska joined the graduate programme at Growthpoint Properties.
After graduation, Lance joined South32 as a Graduate Engineer.
After graduating, Thapelo joined the Investment Banking Graduate programme at Citi group.
After graduation, Portia joined Abland as a Project Management Intern.