This month we share the story of Matshidiso Malatji as we celebrate her success in our Butterfly of the Month feature.
Matshidiso’s story is not too different from many other learners’ stories, but is one that shows what real determination combined with the right support can mean for a person starting out their career.
Matshidiso started her journey with Progression in September 2012 when she took part in her first learnership as a first-time entrant into the workplace. The Business Administration NQF 3 learnership gave Matshidiso the opportunity to learn some of the fundamental lessons of the workplace and how business is conducted. Not having had any previous work experience, Matshidiso was faced with a few challenges. “Having to go back to studying after such a long time was really difficult, especially whilst working at the same time,” states Matshidiso. “The different approaches require you to be adaptable as learning on the job is different to learning in the classroom and as part of the learnership, you have to do both.”
After successfully completing her Business Administration NQF 3, Matshidiso continued onto a Business Administration NQF 4 learnership which gave her additional insights into the business world. In addition, Matshidiso also did an End User Computing NQF 3 learnership.
With this background, Matshidiso was selected in 2015 to participate in the AAT Accounting Technician NQF 3 learnership. Although this is only a level 3 learnership, it is one of the most challenging learnerships offered by Progression. In the beginning, Matshidiso found the work to be difficult as she struggled to grasp the principles of accounting. “Accounting was a subject that I had done previously in school, which was a very long time ago. At first it felt as if they were speaking a foreign language,” she comments. By persevering through continuous study and lots of practise, Matshidiso eventually was able to grasp the work and progress with the course, graduating from the programme in 2016.
Matshidiso now works as a permanent employee for Mesure Facilities Management as a Helpdesk Assistant. Her mentor, Aaron Mangamelana, believes that her skills, ability to meet deadlines and professionalism with which she conducts her work ensure her continued success within her role.
For Matshidiso, one of the motivations for participating in the learnership was to overcome some of the challenges that she experienced as a person with a disability and achieve her goals. Her advice to other learners is to work hard and take their studies seriously.
The Progression team would like to congratulate Matshidiso on her achievements during her journey with Progression and wish her well in her future endeavours.