The 21st century has come with a lot of options with one of them being the most important, the freedom of having to choose a career path without being judged by your community or the registrar. As the late former president Nelson Mandela would say “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”.
Thus I say it can never be too late to go back to school and pursue that career you have always longed for. Take South Africa’s very own Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuza as example, in 2012 at the age of 60 he went back to school to write his matric.
According to miningweekly.com with the stats compiled in August 2013 it states that one on Mzansi leading mining companies Anglo America boosts 22% female employees. Women like Carol Manana, Dj Zinhle and Khanyi Dhlomo just to mention a few, are females setting an example proving that anything is possible if you have passion and are willing to work hard at it.
It gives hope to daughters/sisters that they too can be media moguls, corporate giants even tyre busters etc. These women have something in common and that is drive, the hunger to want to achieve their goals above any circumstance that may present itself. We woman often tend to look down on ourselves thinking that other things are better done by men, while truly speaking some vacancies nowadays are clearly stated “we are looking for a female candidate”.
Luckily some men are slowly adjusting to the new setup. They are coming to terms with the scenario that you can have a girlfriend or female that is a mechanical engineer and you can trust her with fixing your car should it break down. Same as we have men who are good chefs. The reason why at times we refrain from making specific career choices is due to fear of being isolated by our communities and families.
Imagine your partner being a chef, and because he’s a professional one his chances of cooking at home are massive. However on a day to day basis he has to deal with neighbours who might see this kind of gesture as being abused or unmanly.
In 1956 women of all races marched to the Pretoria Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre to fight against women oppression and equity. So the least we as woman can do today to honour these great women who laid the foundation for us is to be fearless in our career choices. Because “if you can think it then you can see it and if you can see it you can definitely do it”, in simple terms ‘Yes you can’.
Until we meet again take care and God bless.
By: FANISILE NKUNA
Edited By: M.D.B