“If it wasn’t for this internship programme I wouldn’t be where I am now.”
Despite having to travel 80km each morning to get the Anglo American Career Guidance and Science Centre in eMalahleni in Mpumalanga, Jabulani Mashia, a computer science graduate from the University of Limpopo, embraced the opportunity to assist young people to gain valuable skills.
Jabulani was passionate about making the e-learning opportunity known to the community and during his internship hundreds of young people completed the Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum.
“The programme has given young people something to do. This is much better than sitting at home doing nothing, which sometimes leads to negative behaviours such as crime,” explains Jabulani.
“While most of the youth came to the teacher centre not knowing anything about computers, many have left with certiﬁcates that have enabled them to get jobs,” he says.
Jabulani who has been given a job opportunity as a software tester at global technology company, LTI (formerly known as L&T Infotech) in Johannesburg, is grateful for the exposure that he was given to a professional environment through the internship.
“As an intern I was not just there to get coffee or run errands but to gain actual work experience. The internship helped by giving me a clear picture about the career path that I want to pursue. By interacting with professionals, I made new connections and learnt how to communicate in a professional environment,” says Jabulani.
“I would like to thank Microsoft for giving me this opportunity. If it wasn’t for this internship programme I wouldn’t be where I am now and I wouldn’t be who I am now,” he concludes