Young, jobless and desperate – No future to bank on

2012-06-23 17:26

Nomsa Mchunu, a 27-year-old finance graduate, is perhaps luckier than most FET graduates.

She completed her course in financial management at Ekurhuleni East FET college in 2005 and managed to do the required 18 months of work experience.

Mchunu is now working as a sales and service team leader for a major bank, but had to pass up a big promotion last year because of administrative problems with her qualification.

“Last year I was offered a branch manager job at Nedbank. I interviewed and I did quite well but they had to confirm my qualification,” she said.

After being shuttled back and forth between various people at her former FET college and the department of higher education and training, Mchunu eventually had to pass up the job.

“I asked the department: aren’t you guys supposed to be practising Batho Pele? I’ve applied for quite a lot of jobs, but that’s the one I was hoping for.”

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