Nonkululeko Mazibuko talks to Thandiwe Nyandeni-Sikhosana about her chosen profession.
What is your job?
I am a web development facilitator and manager at Umuzi Academy.
Describe a typical day at work
A brief description of my work is that I give instructions to a computer using certain languages to perform tasks. I write code in order to achieve this, so the computer may follow the instructions.
Typically, when I get to the academy, my day starts off preparing for the training of the day. As a web development facilitator and manager, I facilitate training for either people who have dropped out of collage or just finished matric so they can get their higher certificate in web developing.
This includes preparing them for the daily challenges in the workplace as a developer and also being a mentor, motivating them and seeing them do their best and finally getting employed.
How did you qualify for your position?
I studied at iStudent Academy with Microsoft, which was a one-year certificate.
I then went to CTU Training Solutions where I did my diploma in system development.
The requirement was just good marks in maths in my matric results. Doing computer studies as a subject at school is also an advantage.
What other skills do you need in your job?
Around 90% of our work is done with a computer, so it’s important to know the basic uses of a computer.
You also need to be a critical thinker and problem solver, as you will come across a lot of issues and you must be able to come up with solutions.
We also do a lot of our work in teams, so it is important to be able to actively listen to others and be a team player.
The hard skills you need are SQL, HTML, CSS, PHP and JS. These are all related to the computer software and language we use to do our jobs.
Why did you choice this job?
I chose this career because I always had a desire to teach and share ideas with others.
As for development, I have always been curious about what happens behind what we, the user, can see and what really makes a computer do certain things.
This is one of the most powerful industries because a lot of things revolve around technology, and being part of such a big, ever-changing industry is exciting.
I also like it that everyone thinks we’re hackers – LOL.
What is the best thing about your job?
The most rewarding part about my job is seeing all the students I have trained leaving the academy well equipped for the working environment and them getting employed immediately after the training.
It’s heart-warming when I can see my dedication to trying to teach all of them pay off. Also my attempts to motivate and mentor them, and to equip them for the workplace.
What is the worst thing about your job?
The not-so-nice part about my job is having to deal with people who don’t want to do their jobs or students who don’t submit their projects on time. Having to chase people for things they have to get done is not fun.
Would you recommend your job to someone else?
If you are curious about computers and are someone who constantly wants to learn something new, then web developing is a perfect career for you.
As you will learn new things every day, you will never get bored, especially since technology is forever evolving. There is always something exciting to do.
What future plans do you have in your career?
The industry I’m in is a male-dominated one. More often than not, you find you constantly have to prove yourself to show that you are as capable as men to do your work.
Because of that, I would like to open a facility one day that will train women to be developers. It would be amazing to have more ladies in this field and for them to also learn how many things they can actually do with these skills.
The salary depends on a number of things like experience, qualifications, etc. An estimated salary for a web development facilitator and manager is from R300 000 to R420 000 per annum.