Nipho spent his days trawling the Internet for internships, and Google kept directing him to Trusted Interns. Eventually, he couldn’t ignore the signs anymore, so he took the “path of least resistance” and created his profile. The rest is history!
Learning and Loaning
Nipho now works at Learning Loans, where he liaises with current and prospective partner schools, drafts loan application forms, and has recently started trying his luck at running their social media pages.
Learning Loans is a tight unit, and so Nipho has had to learn a lot very quickly and often has to do things beyond his job description. He says the more his boss Greg teaches him and trusts him, the busier he becomes.
“This One Goes Out To All The Grads…”
Nipho persevered through his unemployment by staying prepared for anything. He was mentally ready for whatever the world could throw at him. *Eye of the Tiger plays in the background*
He kept this mentality in mind and obviously nailed his interview, so who better to ask for advice than one of the masters? His top 3 interview tips are:
- Prepare. “The more prepared you are, the more relaxed you’ll be, and the more natural your answers will sound.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Nipho.
- Don’t lie. This is a general rule of life that everybody should follow, but it is especially important in job interviews. It may seem tempting to make yourself sound more qualified or exciting, but it’s a mistake that could come back to bite you and leave a nasty mark at the same time. It’s important to remember that what’s meant for you will find its way to you – if you have to lie to get a position, you should definitely reassess. Keeping this in mind, the interviewer doesn’t need to know every detail of your life. Save some facts for your friend-making arsenal.
- You know that feeling you get when you buy a pair of jeans from a store, wear/wash them once and they become a completely different pair of jeans that you don’t want to wear again? Super kak. Don’t be kak, ill-fitting jeans. Be yourself. The interviewer knows what they are looking for and will know if you are a good fit or not.
YNWA: You’ll Never Want Another
Nipho is an all-round fantastic human (despite being a Liverpool supporter), who some employers would have overlooked due to his lack of work experience. We are constantly trying to show employers how fantastic interns are and how much value they can bring to a company. We asked Nipho what his thoughts were on why companies should hire interns, and we loved his answer.
“Everybody requires experience but in this job market, especially in South Africa, it’s hard to find a regular job. Internships allow those still studying, and graduates, the chance to get their foot in the door regarding employment. We all need to start somewhere, and companies who offer internships provide an opening for graduates to show what they’re capable of. Companies should hire interns because it allows all of us to grow together.”
Starting your career and professional life is probably the chapter that changes your life most drastically. There is much to learn, much to do, and much to remember. The days and weeks fly by, your free time becomes precious and limited, and you find your priorities changing. The beginning of your working life is essentially the childhood of your adult life – except you have to pack your own lunchbox.
Nipho says his internship has taught him that “life is short, made shorter having to work 5 days out of 7.” He acknowledges the importance of working hard, and still finding time to enjoy life – “Work hard, but don’t let your work define who you are in 10-15 years’ time.”
It is difficult to find a balance between work and play, between job-hunting and saying “f*** this, I’ll just take a gap year”, but you’ll find your groove eventually; don’t be too hard on yourself.
Want to meet more of our successful interns? You can find them, and other great stuff on our Trusted Interns blog.