Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Career orientation n°2 :Ex mentees talk to our Grade 10-12

“University is a challenge and one needs to adapt very quickly. It is not for the faint hearted! There are 700 students in one class and you do not get any individual attention” It was one of the messages delivered by youth from Alexandra, now studying at UJ and other tertiary institutions. About 20 students came back, on March 31, to St Mary’s school for girls in Waverley, to share their experience with the 200 learners (Grade 10-12) from Alex, enrolled on the extra tuition program.

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° Siphesihle Lolwana (084 874 2374)/2nd year  industrial Eng/ U - 'sihle.lolwana@yahoo.com'

° Karabo Makwela (083 996 9369)Electrical Engineering / “N4” college

° Dakalo Munyai (084 528 0763) Electronics Engineering / 2nd year / CJC Ellis Park campus

 ° Dino Mafumu (073 022 4020) Computer sciences and informatics / UJ / 3rd year

 ° Lebakeng Moroke (076 527 8700)Bcom Marketing / 2nd year / Unisa

° Themba Sibeni (073 876 6451) Studied Computer and Engineering (2002-2004)

2004 : Bcom in Retail Management with Pick and Pay till today

  ) Aletta (072 468 3376) Works at SAA at the Global Operations Control Centre (2nd year)

Studying Management Accounting with CIMA (1st year)

° Nelcia Kokolebethe (084 514 2440) Studied Municipal Finance and Administration in 2007 NQF Level  4

Work for city of Joburg as Administrator in the health department

Enrolling today for a diploma in Public Supply Chain and Purchasing

° Tevin Shirindzi (076 548 1849)Paralegal / Boston College

° Thandiwe Chauke (078 231 4056) BSc Biochemistry / Final year / UJ

° Katlego Masebe (078 437 8138) Food security / 1st year / UJ

° Mandisa Madie (083 536 2657) Homeopathy / 1st year / UJ

° Zintle Nocuze (078 114 4943) Homeopathy / 2nd year / UJ

° Mangaliso Vuso (071 075 1397) Teaching school / 1st year / UJ - 'vusofirstnamemangaliso@yahoo.com'

Mildred Mashau – 071 435 72 26 Teaching school / 2nd year / UJ

Welcome Moyo, completed  Boston media house, works at “Alex Pioneer”


Kholofelo Mphahlele



“At University, avoid too much partying and choose good friends who will motivate you throughout your studies”, said Terrence, an IT student. Aletta and Nelcia (accounting) told the learners to find a learnership in a bank, if their results were not good enough to go to Varsity: “Be a good example to your family, you were not born to remain poor”. Dino (IT) advised the learners to “choose a career that they will enjoy and do a research. Some people drop out during first year at Varsity because there are too many destructive things. So you must choose your friends!”.
Sihle Lolwana (who helped to organize the meeting with his mentor Sebastien Hervieu)

“At Varsity, it is difficult to adjust with being independent”, said Thandiwe Chauke (Biochemistry).). Mangaliso and Mildred (education) stressed that “having someone to help you to apply” is important. When you study, you need “good time management” Avoid procrastinating and plagiarism. She advised future students to apply for accommodation near the campus (with Nfsas) and make good use of the support offered to students (tutors, lectures, library, psychological support, and computers.  For Sihle, studying for an industrial engineering degree is hard – “you don’t get any rest” – but “you get a lot of personal skills and learn to be a fast thinker”.

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