Joined Entelect, January 2016
BSc. Electrical and Information Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand
What appealed to you most about Entelect?
What struck me about Entelect was that it was not a conventional software company. Not only because of the diverse range of clients and the culture, but also the caliber of people that work there, many of whom were the same people who used to tutor us at Wits.
Describe your role at Entelect
My formal title is Software Engineer. When first joining Entelect as a graduate, you’re put into the Graduate Bootcamp. Albeit very challenging, it’s very rewarding. The skills you acquire serve as a solid foundation to kick start your career. After that you’ll be placed on a team. In the beginning you’ll be strongly guided by your team lead and senior staff, but if you show that you are willing to take on more responsibility it will be given to you. I don’t think I’ve had that strong sense of purpose elsewhere.
When you graduated, did you have a plan for your future?
I studied Electrical and Information Engineering at Wits. After I graduated, I decided to go into Electrical Engineering. However, the work quickly became mundane to me so I contacted Entelect. Software is my passion and I knew I would get the breadth of challenges I was looking for.
Have your hopes and expectations been realized since joining the company?
Aside of the varied work experiences I have had, something that really stood out for me was that no matter how quickly the company grows, the management structure is still flat. If you want to chat to someone in management, you can just knock on the door. As well as that, the mentorship culture here is also really strong, you can just tap a guy on the shoulder and ask a question. Everyone is always willing to help, which is something I was looking to be a part of.
What advice would you give to a current grad going through the process of looking for their first job?
The biggest mistake people make coming out of varsity is to think you need to chase the money straight away. If you do what you are passionate about, the money will follow. So, don’t try to chase money, or be successful too quickly. The future you create for yourself must be based on your passions and goals. Try to get experience through vacation work and internships as that’s the best way to get a feel for various companies and what you want to do.