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First Time Employed

Name: Thapelo Molokwane

Currently: Receptionist at Midrand Graduate Institute

Education: Matric


My name is Thapelo Molokwane. I am 24 years old and I am from Ganaria, Mpumalanga.


I grew up there with my brother and my grandmother. My father had left us when we were very young and my mother had to go to Johannesburg to find work. I managed to finish matric in 2009 but after that I was unable to find a job. I moved to Johannesburg but still did not succeed in finding a job.

Late last year a friend told me about Change the World Training academy and the IT scholarships they offered. I applied and received a full scholarship to do PC Basics.

After completing the training, I applied for a position as a receptionist. One of the requirements was having good working knowledge of PC Basics and knowledge about computers. I went for the interview and got the job. This is the first job I’ve ever had in my life! It’s the first time I am earning an income.

My responsibilities include responding to emails, filing, data capturing, typing on the system to book appointments for clients & lecturers, typing out reports and letters etc.

These are all skills that I didn’t have before and that I learnt through this scholarship. I am applying everything that I learnt from Change the World Academy in my current Job position.

My entire life has changed: I can now afford to buy myself clothes and other needs.

I have a son, so now I can support him and care for him. I am also helping my younger brother. I am also teaching him everything that I learnt at Change the World Academy.

I am very thankful for the scholarship that changed my life- without it I would still be without a job, without an income and not able to provide for myself and my family.

I am now trying to also help those who have a need. I am reaching out to young students and helping them learn basic computer skills such as excel, power point, word and also help out with submitting assignments.



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