From working with no pay to complete her National Diploma and funding herself throughout her studies, Leslie Mumbala has proven that perseverance is the key to academic success. She is one of the many who graduated during the winter graduations of 2021 with an Advanced Diploma in Industrial Engineering at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT). She hails from Congo and exclaims how difficult it was to be a female international student, studying a course that is known to be male dominated even in the industrial world.
Obtaining her National Diploma was a challenge as she was not able to acquire in-service training to complete her qualification. She then opted to volunteer at a company. She gained recognition from the manager as she had been a very focused individual under compelling circumstances. The manager began offering her money for transportation. She held on intending to gain experience and achieve her end goal.
This qualification serves as validation to her that women are more than capable of taking on what was formally deemed to be a man’s job. She probably had one of the toughest journeys since she had no family around to offer support. This became the drive for her to remain self-motivated and determined to achieve her goals.
She plans to pursue a Master’s Degree (MTech), while motivating young girls to take on engineering with the aim of inspiring generations to come.
“You may not see the light as yet, study hard and be resilient– that’s the secret to seeing light at the end of the tunnel” she advises. Article by: Thato Phalole