Student Name: David Sello Chuene
Program: Bonani Work-Readiness Program
Growing up in the rural areas during my days was a challenge, it still is to a large extent. Access to information was very limited, especially career-path related. They say education is a key to success, but I think its information that really opens doors and lack of it can cause one to give up a dream way before takeoff.
I grew up in a rural area in Limpopo called Ga-Chuene. My mother worked hard to support the family as my father was sick and unable to work.
When I was nearing the end of my high school studies I did not have confidence in my future and I wasn’t sure if I would actually go to university and get a sustainable career. I knew that I was capable of achieving because I worked hard, but I didn’t know what career choices I had and what it means by “achieving”.
I continued anyway as I had applied for a loan for my university studies and it had been approved, so really I had no choice but to push on. While in university, when everyone else had holidays and went to see their family I stayed behind and worked as a store assistant so I could have some money to cover my living expenses. I’m still to experience the freedom people always says you get when you go to varsity. I never attended any of the parties at varsity as I couldn’t afford to lose focus.
I continued to push on and eventually I got my National Diploma in Accounting. I was very happy, I was convinced that I’m set to get the best job. I thought it was the end of the struggle.
I continued to work as a store assistant while searching for my dream job. I was applying for jobs for 5 months with no luck. Then I saw an ad in the newspaper by Guarantee Trust. It was titled “last chance for accountants”, they were looking for people like me so as to give them a better chance in the working world, on a Fasset-sponsored Work-Readiness Program.
I was accepted to their Bonani Accounting Work-Readiness program and after nine months of hard work, I got an opportunity to join SizweNtsalubaGobodo as a Trainee Accountant. The training was good, but it’s because I was ready for all sorts of challenges.
To date, I still apply all the skills I learned at Guarantee Trust. The program is really unique and it does close the expectation gap when one enters the workplace. All the managers I work or worked with always says I’m different and well grounded, and it’s because I don’t get “provoked” easily and I don’t compromise.
I worked hard at Sizwe, I completed my BCompt in Accounting Science and was appointed as Audit Supervisor at the end of the training period. I then joined the internal audit unit of NYDA, I’m now certified as CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) and I’m working on getting certified as CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor, both through the Institute of Internal Auditors of SA (IIASA)). I am currently working for the internal audit unit of FirstRand and will be studying towards both CFSA (Certified Financial Services Auditor) and CRMA (Certified Risk Management Auditor) in 2016. I believe that when an apple stops growing, its starts to rot.
I believe that knowledge is power and with a lot of it, one will remain competitive in this uncertain job market. I therefore would like encourage everyone to keep searching for knowledge, because they say “success is not a destination, but a journey”. Now I agree that my National Diploma was not enough, my BCompt is not enough and my CIA is not enough, if I really want to have the competitive advantage in the market.
David Sello Chuene CIA (GT product)
Internal Auditor at FirstRand