BCom Accounting graduate seeks pertinent job

2017-01-18 06:02
PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile BCom Accounting graduate Bongimusa Buthelezi (left) and Beauty Sekete.

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile BCom Accounting graduate Bongimusa Buthelezi (left) and Beauty Sekete.

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WHEN Bongimusa Buthelezi (28), from Imbali Unit 18, who holds an undergraduate BCom Accounting degree from the University of Zululand graduated, he didn’t imagine selling fruit on the side of the road.

Buthelezi, who graduated in 2013, has resorted to working at a container tuck shop outside Edendale Hospital to get an income after failing to secure employment.

“It’s very difficult getting a job, especially if you do not have the required experience. I thought that receiving my qualification would open doors and that I would be employed by now, but here I am three years later without a job and still struggling to make ends meet. It pains me that I rely on my aunts for provisions, yet I have a BCom degree.”

Buthelezi, the first to graduate in his family, said life became tougher after the death of his grandmother in November last year.

“I did part-time work to be able to pay off my tuition so I could get my qualification, and when I finished paying I thought things will finally look up, but I’ve been unlucky. I have sent countless job applications in, but never get call backs.”

Beauty Sekete, the owner of the Sekete tuck shop where Buthelezi works, said they met last year and she was struck by his enthusiasm.

“Last June one of the street vendor here asked me to give him a job because he had been sitting at home for three years, unemployed. I gave him the job so he could get work experience and a point of reference when he applied for a job in his field of study.”

Sekete described Buthelezi as a very humble employee.

“He agreed to come and work as a street vendor, and that should say something to his future employer. He shows great initiative at work and is a humble young man, who needs a chance to prove himself. He is a golden boy, I could keep him, but he needs broader experience in his field of study so he can better himself.”

Buthelezi said he decided to take the job as a street vendor to avoid getting involved in “sinister­ activities”.

“I didn’t want to wallow in self-pity and end up depressed at home. I wanted to keep myself occupied and be around people, who can assist me getting my desired job.”

He said he would be happy to receive a learnership in an accounting firm or be placed in a finance division.

Anyone willing to assist Buthelezi can email Maritzburg Echo at news@myecho.co.za

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