HAVING spent a year unemployed after graduating with her honours in Industrial Psychology, 23-year-old Nqobile Ndlela from Howick, better known as Angel, is now the proud owner of two businesses. Also an aspiring musician, she now wants her story to motivate the youth to “grasp life by the horns”.“After I completed my postgrad, I found it extremely difficult to find employment. The whole of 2017 I applied for employment and, after being unsuccessful for long periods of time, I would end up in such a pessimistic mood that I wouldn’t apply for months on end,” said Ndlela.Ndlela’s father owned various businesses, however she refused to work for him on the grounds that she thought her educational accolades would open many doors for her. As time passed, Ndlela found it harder and harder to resist working for her father and eventually went to work for him in April — a decision, she says, changed her life. “Working for him was the best decision I ever made. I cannot believe how much time I wasted by refusing to do so,” she explained.Having worked for her father, and under her brother, Ndlela says that she has accumulated various skills and picked up on the dynamics of how a business works — skills which she has since used to her advantage. Using this knowledge, Ndlela was able to open her own fashion line and construction company.“I design and make my own clothing and sell it through Instagram [IG]. Having a following of 89 400 followers on IG (angel_ndlela) has helped boost my marketing. Within two days of the business operating, I received over 20 orders on my clothing,” marvelled Ndlela.Ndlela says that her message to the youth out there is that although education is a pivotal and important aspect to a successful life, should that route not work, there are alternatives. “There are various routes that we can take in life and it is very important for you to use any advantage that you have at your disposal instead of overlooking it,” said Ndlela.