My name is Ledwaba Harry Moloto J.R; I have been studying with Vaal University of Technology from my Diploma till my M-tech and I am currently registered for D –Tech. The post graduate degree program has benefited me a lot by equipping me with communication, writing, networking and research skills that I can apply in my current working and social environment. I have been promoted at work based on my knowledge and skills that I have obtained through post graduate degree program e.g. B-Tech, M-tech.
I would recommend anyone to go through the program as it helps you to find who you are and what you are good at in your field of study. It also boosts your self esteem and gives you courage to do whatever you want to achieve in life. The one thing that stood out for me on this program is being able to network and present at conferences.
I am currently a Senior Chemist Grd1 at SASOL Technology research and development in Sasolburg and the program has been useful in improving my research work and networking skills. The qualifications I have are not for showoff, they mean a lot as I am able to interact with scientist, professors at the same level and I am very confident in whatever I do, and they played a big role in obtaining my present job and being promoted at work, as it was the first thing they looked at before appointing me.
I experienced the post graduate degree program as a challenging program, but through hard work and support from my supervisors and colleague, I was able to make it. To sum it up in one word it was worth it.
Anyone who wants to go through the program must be committed and motivated to do it. They must not do it to please someone, but to better their knowledge and their future.
Date of Posting: 09 May 2013
Posted By: Harry Moloto
Interview with Janet Atim
1. What did you get out of the this program?
Good research, time management skills and creative thinking skills
2. How has the program helped you in getting where you are today?
Yes it has, the experience of analytical thinking, problem solving and report writing are very critical in my line of work.
3. How would you describe the quality of the program?
Fair. I believe the programme should have more funding for the research in order to yield reliable results, a more defined time which there are penalties attached for failure to comply, an additional course unit on research would be very vital.
4. Would you recommend this program to your friends, colleagues and family? If so, Why? What is its particular strength or value in your mind?
The programme offers great opportunity for career growth, however the funding is totally insufficient and comes after one has completed the research. This greatly limits the quality of the output as one has to work within in very limited finances and yet sometimes an extra experiment etc may make a big difference in the results.
5. What specific feature did you like the most about this program?
Flexibility in which a student can finish in a shorter period of time if they worked towards it.
6. What are you currently doing?
Project Management , design and implementation on Water abstraction, supply and sanitation projects.
7. What aspects of your undergraduate experience have been the most useful to you in to your current work?
Training on analytical thinking.
8. What is the greatest value of your qualification to you personally?
Opens doors for opportunities.
9. How much of a factor did your qualification play in getting a job or excelling further after graduation?
It played a part in promotion because several management positions require both experience and qualification.
10. How would you summarize your experience in one sentence?
11. What else would you like to share about your program’s experience?
Date of Posting: 11 June 2012
Posted By: Janet Atim
Although entering the Hubs and Spokes mentorship programme at the tail end of my project, the experience within the programme was still fore-filling. The program provided support and friendship from fellow colleagues. We are all individuals and it is quite a learning curve to see how each individual interprets information, and views aspects of life differently. There was an abundance of guidance from the mentors and everybody related their ideas to form a union. The programme assists post-graduate students with setting goals and objectives for their projects, and this is coupled to learning sessions of academic writing, problem solving, team building and data interpretation. The Hubs and Spokes mentorship programme assisted in identifying windows of opportunities which has lead to my involvement within the business sector. Achieving my Doctorate was a wonderful milestone which proves how determination and commitment can make anything achievable.
Date of Posting: 29 March 2012
Posted By: Dr Delia Oosthuizen
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