Student Name: Bongani Mthimkulu
Program: Bonani Work-Readiness Program
Guarantee Trust, ‘I remember you fondly’.
Three years ago I was a Wits University graduate, unemployed and had grown despondent. I had been applying for employment for over a year and a half and I hadn’t landed a single interview.
Don’t get me wrong, I had been offered one or two jobs, and had found ways to make ends meet but this was not what I wanted. I had high aspirations, great expectations for myself. I thought, if I settle for what I have, I’ll be letting down my mom, dad and worst of all I wouldn’t have been true to my dreams.
I wanted a training contract, it was my dream but this dream was proving to be distant; some may say impossible.
Unemployed, unable to study further due to lack of funds and with no job experience I came across a newspaper article. An organisation called Guarantee Trust was looking for the exact criteria I mentioned previously. “Well, this seems too good to be true” I thought.
The rest is history, as they say.
Currently, I’m about to complete my second year of articles, supervising and doing many more things at work, than I had ever imagined. I am studying my CTA honours with Unisa; self-dependent; and finally working towards partner in the company I work in. Three years ago some would have thought all this “impossible”.
I think it’s best if I end with a quote: “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” — Muhammad Ali
Thank you Fasset and Guarantee Trust.