Victor Matyolo1

Student Name: Victor Matyolo

Program: Virtual Bank Work-Readiness Program

Branch: Cape Town

 

I grew up in Cape Town and completed my Matric in 2004 at Camps Bay High School. I remember wanting to be an accountant, however my love and passion for Economics and Business led me into the Financial Services Sector.

Between 2005 and 2008, I enrolled for a BTech Management degree at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, shortly after which I got a job as a Technical Administrator which enabled me to enroll for a BCom Honors in Management at the University of Western Cape. On completion of my degree, I got a job as an HR Administrator.

My joy was short lived because a few months after starting as an HR Administrator, my fixed term contract came to an end. I tried in vain to find employment, job hunting was difficult.

I saw an advert in the newspaper and Guarantee Trust was looking for banking graduates for a Work-Readiness Program. I applied for the program and I knew that I was going to be a winner.

The program was excellent. I learnt soft skills which I use daily in my new employment. The communication skills and the drills have helped me to communicate effectively with my customers and to handle irate clients.

The Virtual Banking Courses enabled me to start working from my first day at work. It made the transition from being at Guarantee Trust to the workplace very smooth. I commend Guarantee Trust for developing study material that prepared me for real life encounters that I experience every day of my working life as a banker.

After spending 3 years with FNB, I was exclusively recruited by Nedbank Integrated Channels and I was placed into the Dandaro Branch Managers Program. I was nothing before I joined Guarantee Trust but today I am a Branch Manager at Nedbank.The opportunity that I got at Guarantee Trust has changed my life. I can do all the things I dreamt of doing, for me and for my mother who supported me from beginning to end.

My story and my life has changed other people’s lives around me and in my community. They are now empowered and have hope for their own lives.

A massive thanks to Guarantee Trust and BANKSETA, they empower you to empower yourself and the people around you. I am what I am today because of these two organizations and their drive to develop graduates like myself through skills development.