VUT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS DRAW INSPIRATION FROM ALUMNA AND INDUSTRY LEADER
By: Puleng Maphisa- 06 April 2023
The Vaal University of Technology (VUT)’s Alumni Relations Department recently hosted a public lecture for the Information Technology and Information Communication Technology students. The lecture was addressed by Mrs Belinda Nkosi, VUT alumna and industry leader in IT.
Mrs Nkosi who holds a Diploma and B-Tech in Information Technology (IT) from VUT’s then Ekurhuleni Campus and boasts a track record of more than fifteen years of working experience as a Business Analyst in IT projects across various industries. Currently, she works at the University of South Africa (UNISA) as a Business Consultant in ICT Business Analysis and Relations Management.
The purpose of the encounter was to introduce students to the industry, give them an understanding of what is needed/expected when applying for jobs. The students were also taken through the real world of being a Business Analyst in the industry.
Mrs Nkosi describes herself as a go-getter, who loves studying; other than qualifications she obtained from VUT, she has the following under her name; a Business Analysis Diploma, Business Analysis Certificate, and Master of Business Leadership (MBL), and currently enrolling for a Doctor of Business Leadership.
One of her key messages to students was to never limit themselves but study hard to obtain more qualifications as companies search for highly qualified candidates. She also expressed to students in attendance that; in the IT industry, it is not advised to end only with Diploma, but furthering your studies comes with more opportunities and can open closed doors, adding that they need to keep up with trends, and lecturers should consider introducing the robotic module as the world has transitioned.
She further advised students to start equipping themselves by doing voluntary work. “It is important that you start to look for training right now, even if it means you go to your university and present the changes that you can do on the university website that will also build your portfolio. It is best to bring change now while you are still studying, and by the time you graduate, you will be more exposed to a whole number of IT programs”, said Mrs Belinda.
In closing, she reminded students that it is equally important to have a balanced social life, as it is challenging and very stressful to focus only on their studies, and they should not limit themselves academically but strive to be a winning team.