While some people believe that ‘quitters never win and winners never quit’, this has not been true for Viktorio Mimi Martita, who quit her full-time job as an office administrator to become a pharmacist.
“I was depressed after resigning from my job, and I didn’t even want to think about handing in my resignation letter to my employer, but this was all in the name of pursuing my heart’s desire,” she said.
Martita, who recently graduated as a pharmacist from the Welwitchia Health Training Centre (WHTC), said being a pharmacist has always been her dream because she enjoys assisting people, especially the elderly, and realised that knowing medicine and diseases is essential during a pandemic.
“It is essential to study medicine, its uses, side effects, interactions, and indications. I wish I could start providing community first aid,” she said enthusiastically.
She grew up in Omaalala in the Oshana region, and in 2009 enrolled at the Windhoek Vocational Training and graduated with a Level 3 in office administration.
Martita then spent almost a decade preparing correspondence and reports, performing initial client assessments, and daily operational functions, to name but a few, until 2019 when she realised those jobs did her no favour.
“If you don’t enjoy what you do, you’re not still water; just move.”
She explained that joining WHTC had its own challenges. One being the fact that the institution was private, which meant she had to spend all her money on tuition fees, and another being the course required her undivided attention.
“The most difficult challenge I faced was simply lack of time; I had to pay close attention to specific modules, think strategically, and know exactly what I was doing. I did not receive government financial aid, which motivated me to study even harder; a special thanks goes to my family.” Martita is currently working on a volunteer basis and hopes to find permanent work soon. Her words of advice: “Never let your age limit your dreams. Before making a final decision, conduct career research. People are inspired when they hear about your profession in their community even if they don’t support your academic journey.”