The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet –Aristotle
The above mentioned quotation applies to Babalwa Klaas who has completed a Business Administration Level 3 learnership at Siyaya for the period April 2013- April 2014. Upon completion of the learnership she volunteered at Motherwell High School as an Admin Clerk.
I got a call from Sine (Recruitment Office) at I Can! informing me of an work opportunity that has become available. A company called Windhoist had a vacancy for an administrator with a disability and an interview was arranged. The interview was extremely nerve wrecking and challenging as it was my first time being interviewed over Skype. The people who were interviewing me were from Ireland and Scotland, therefore it was difficult to understand due to the differing accents. They were also speaking very fast but I tried by all means to listen and answer thoroughly. I then received a call informing me that I was successful. I was ecstatic as this was once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
It means a lot to me because as a volunteer at Motherwell High School, I was not receiving any remuneration but now thankfully this has changed. Windhoist has offered me two days to come into work as well as a learnership at PMI to do Management Level 4. This learnership will further develop my skills and equip further me in my position.
Babalwa had undergone training at her workplace and states that the training was thoroughly enjoyable. It has equipped her to do things confidently and in a professional manner.
By working at Windhoist I can say that this is the time to fulfil my dreams because I get to do two things at the same time; to work and support myself as well as an education which I feel is the key to success. I want to know more about my company and I am willing to learn. I also want to thank I Can! for giving me the opportunity and especially thank Windhoist for employing me as a Junior Office Administrator. I want to promise I Can! that I’m not going to take this opportunity given me for granted.
That said the bitter roots Babalwa had endured to make something of her life, she is now reaping the sweet fruits of her labour.