UKZN Alumnus Encourages Students to Discover their Potential
Standard Bank Group’s Business Manager and UKZN alumnus Mr Mbusiswa Ngcobo says motivating students to explore the endless possibilities within the accounting profession is crucial in helping shape future leaders of South Africa’s economy.
The 29-year-old Charted Accountant (CA) chose to study for a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting at UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus because of the Institution’s reputation for producing high quality CAs including a large number of black CAs. However, making that career choice was hard due to limited knowledge of career options and a lack of role models offering guidance to students – a situation he is helping remedy through several educational outreach initiatives he is involved in.
‘I attended Umlazi Commercial High School and in my matric year I hadn’t made a career choice. I was extremely fortunate because my matric class was visited by a young man, who is now a CA but was then doing his articles at Deloitte and Touché. He came to speak to us about the accounting profession as a possible career choice.
‘His talk was inspirational, especially when he spoke about the possibilities for the future and the endless learning and self-development experiences one could gain through pursuing this profession. I went home that afternoon and made a conscious decision to pursue chartered accountancy as a profession and have never looked back,’ said Ngcobo.
Ngcobo recently delivered a motivational talk about his successful career at the South Africa’s Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Thuthuka development programme which was attended by matric pupils from underprivileged schools in KwaZulu-Natal.
He also brought his inspirational message to where his dream began and addressed first year accounting students at UKZN’s College of Law and Management Studies Orientation Day.
‘The University’s culture of promoting balanced lifestyles for its students allowed me the opportunity to learn different cultures and instilled in me the importance of hard work, striving for excellence, inquisitiveness, team player qualities and business acumen,’ said Ngcobo.
‘I enjoy what I’m doing at the Bank however I am very driven towards setting up and growing my own business or enterprise. I am still keen on doing a lot of travelling locally and internationally, but my passion is to motivate and inspire the youth,’ he said.
- Thandiwe Jumo