College Rector: Majuba TVET College

College Rector

Answers by Sanele Mlotshwa, Rector of Majuba TVET College

Describe your business/profession.
My focus is on our main campus, where we teach and learn, plus improving the performance and finding placement for students.

Asked what it took to succeed in his career,
Mr Mlotshwa said hard work and being assertive went a long way, and putting in effort always paid off. He holds two diplomas and a Bachelors of Education honours degree. “Commitment and discipline are also important.”

What must you study, both at secondary and tertiary level, to qualify for this career?
There are no specific subjects – a Rector has to oversee everything and balance various subjects. On a tertiary level, study toward a B.Ed degree plus any short courses applicable, as well as a management qualification.

How many years of study does it take to qualify?
It took me four years to achieve honours. Mr Mlotshwa said a people’s person would do well as a college Rector, and believed success depended on solid inter-personal relations and being a good influence. “The team should know what you want from them.”

What is the most rewarding part of your job and/or career?
Getting my students permanent work; when I hear of their success, it makes me proud. We have to help students become ambassadors for themselves and our college.

What are the things you look for when hiring aspirant employees in your field?
It depends on the requirements of the post. Overall, I would look for committed people who want to make a difference, but are also balanced between teaching and knowledge of the area we serve. The higher qualified, the better, but they should also be willing to learn as often as the sectors change.

What does your average working day consist of?
I begin at 7.30am and finish at 4.30pm. I usually meet with different departments, stakeholders and senior management. In the management meeting, I am given reports on daily activities.

What advice can you give to students interested in your field of study?
Never say ‘I can’t’. It doesn’t matter your background, even people with few resources can achieve success. Especially when studying, you have to go onward and not let yourself be stopped.

What are the benefits of running a business in a growing economy such as Newcastle?
We have five campuses around Newcastle, including the training centre and a newly-established trade test centre. Currently, we have 29 000 students, and are working towards the National Development Plan target of 50 000 by 2030.

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