After missing a full year of on-campus varsity life due to an abrupt switch to eLearning brought on by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, some Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) said they enjoyed the added advantages of online learning to search for jobs.
This class include the first group of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) graduates, and master in journalism and media technology graduates.
The graduates relayed that obtaining the qualifications required sleepless nights and endless sacrifices.
Sakeus Kadhikwa, one of only three graduates who now hold a master in journalism and media technology degree, said “People believe it is all about qualifications, but don’t come to university solely for qualifications; it will end up being useless and automatically becomes part of your luggage.”
He said whatever challenges you go through – disabilities or not succeeding in matric – what is required is facing your fears until you succeed.
“I’m not advising people to only go to universities, but to do whatever they’re capable of doing as long as it gets you bread on the table.”
Another graduate, Atejioye Motunrayo urged Namibian youth to get out of their comfort zone, organise themselves and start their projects, rather than waiting for the government to do it for them.
Motunrayo, who hails from Nigeria, is qualified in public management and intends to use her skills and knowledge to create something new in the community.
“Try to make a difference in your community, work hard, and use your energy to achieve your goals,” Motunrayo advised.
Anna David, a 33-year-old TVET graduate, said students must understand that pursuing a vocational training education is a wise decision, because it teaches skills rather than theory, and enables one to get prepared to work on their own.