Heita! asked DR NDIVHUWO TSHIPALA, LECTURER AT THE DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM MANAGEMENT, FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCES, what his fondest memories are of his days as a student at Technikon Pretoria (now Tshwane University of Technology).
The friends made, the loaf of bread and soup lunch at the cafeteria, and knowing that the first year was my first step to living my long life-dream. It was all worth it.
REBONE MATLHOKO, who obtained her B Tech: Journalism degree in 2012, is currently working at KPMG as a Digital Content Specialist. She manages the company’s website, social media platforms and blog, among others.
CAREERS GALORE: Students flocked to the Career Expo at the Pretoria Campus on 13 August, to meet and interact with no fewer than 27 potential employers, such as the Foschini Group, SABC, and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Next year’s Expo will be held on 5 August. The event was arranged by the Directorate: Cooperative Education.
Celebrating our heritage is important because it is upon our heritage that we can build the future. Julius Nyerere, former President of Tanzania, once made this observation about heritage: 'A country without a heritage is no more than a collection of people without the spirit that makes them a nation.'
- PROF MZO SIRAYI, EXECUTIVE DEAN OF THE FACULTY OF THE ARTS AND A HERITAGE AND CULTURAL POLICY EXPERT.
JUNIOR NKAMBULE (19) and GUGU NGWENYA (21), both Accounting students, are the new Mr and Miss Residences at the Ga-Rankuwa Campus. With them are Mr and Miss Ga-Rankuwa Campus 2013, NOKUTHULA GWEBU (22), Economic Management Analysis student, and JOHN KHOZA (21), Cost Management Accounting student. Heita! asked them what impact they want to have on students.
"To influence and encourage them to participate in activities on Campus."
"Show them the importance of being confident and to dream big."
"Empower women to stand their ground and believe in themselves."
"Act as a motivation and encourage them socially and academically."
TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT YOUR CULTURE, ITS BELIEFS AND TRADITIONS. I am a Mosotho man, and in my culture we wear our traditional Sesotho blankets (Seanamarena) with boots and our traditional hat (Mokorotlo). We cook our Sesotho meals and share it with our neighbours as a sign of peace and harmony, because the Basotho tribe is well known for its humble nature.
HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE IT?
I will wear my Sesotho cultural attire proudly and give back to the community. This I will do through inspirational and motivational talks, because I believe that as a young leader it is my obligation to safeguard the success and innovation of generations to come. I can only achieve that by way of sharing the knowledge and wisdom I have acquired.
TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT YOUR CULTURE, ITS BELIEFS AND TRADITIONS. I am Tswana and our variety of beliefs and traditions revolve around having "botho," which means having good qualities – mainly kindness, manners, compassion, humility, respect, and living up to our responsibilities.
HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE IT? As a postgraduate Journalism student, I celebrate Heritage Day by learning more about the different cultures and the resemblance of the day. I usually spend the day attending Heritage Day celebrations as part of the work I do as a journalist.
TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT YOUR CULTURE, ITS BELIEFS AND TRADITIONS. I am Tsonga, but hardly practise any cultural or traditional beliefs. At home we are not confined to a certain culture.
HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE IT? I use clothing as a way to celebrate the diverse cultures we have in the country. I mix my daily clothes with Zulu hand- and neck accessories, a white Xhosa head "doek," as well as closed flat shoes made famous by the Ndebele people, called AmaNam`Askambe.
Why did the chicken cross the road? The answer, of course, is to get to the other side! This simple riddle communicates the central principle of GOAL ACHIEVEMENT, namely moving from where one is now, to where one wants to be. But why do people choose to pursue goals in the first place?
Researchers suggest that people set and pursue goals to, among others, enhance their sense of HAPPINESS IN LIFE. However, goal pursuit is not necessarily equated with the typical cheerful and sunny perspective of happiness. Rather, goal pursuit is related to what Aristotle referred to as eudaimonia.
The word eudaimonia is derived from a Greek word that can be translated as HUMAN FLOURISHING. Thus, eudaimonia is a distinctive form of happiness – it has to do with being one’s own best self and realising one’s highest potential. More than that, it is about becoming fully immersed in the pursuit of a personally meaningful task or goal.
Mihlay Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced as chick-sent-me-high), a renowned European psychologist, proposed a theory entitled flow. According to him, humans experience energised focus, full involvement, a sense of personal control and enjoyment when engaged in the pursuit of goals or activities that are related to becoming their best selves. While THE TASK ITSELF MAY NOT NECESSARILY BE ENJOYABLE, THE CONSEQUENCES ARE.
So, how does one experience this sense of flow? Csikszentmihalyi explains that there must be a BALANCE BETWEEN THE PERCEIVED CHALLENGE AND ONE’S SKILLS. If a challenge is too easy, one might experience boredom. In contrast, a very difficult task could bring about a sense of anxiety or stress. Thus, the goal is to match one’s skills with the challenge at hand.
There is an important lesson for university students to learn here. Academic challenges will typically be difficult – i.e., there will be a mismatch between skills and challenge.
In these situations, students should also CROSS THE ROAD.
Crossing the road in this instance means to develop new skills that could enable one to enter a state of flow. This is one of the primary goals of a university education – to CONSTANTLY DEVELOP NEW SKILLS. While developing new skills are often demanding, the consequences include, amongst others, greater levels of self-esteem, enhanced confidence and a sense of inner pride – all symptoms of becoming one’s own best self.
The take away message: IDENTIFY THE ROAD TO HAPPINESS that you need to cross this month. Then, safely cross that road and enjoy the scenic sights in Happyville.
If you are interested in setting goals that actually make you happy, watch this quick lesson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw_C_fo82uw
Students studying at the Soshanguve-North Campus will be glad to hear that an extensive landscape improvement project has been rolled out at the Campus to redress issues of accessibility and to improve its appearance.
Upgrades and improvements include major landscape changes in front of Building 17, around the library and gymnasium, while the current entrance will be converted into a pedestrian area.
Four new parking areas will be added and the existing five parking areas will be upgraded.
Students can look forward to an outside study area at the library, new seating areas and outside furniture, braai areas and walls around the residences.
New infrastructure developments at other campuses are in the planning phase and include, among others, a multi-purpose hall and the addition of new classrooms at the Ga-Rankuwa Campus. A Maintenance Plan is being developed to address the needs of all the University campuses.
TUT students expect an annual salary of R249 781 (R20 815 per month) for their first job. Male students: R265 726 and female students R220 706.
A total of 76% of the students surveyed said that they are concerned about finding a job after graduation. “A lot of companies require years of experience which you don’t have when you walk out of university,” one student commented.
The top career goal of TUT students is to be a leader or a manager of people.
When choosing an ideal employer, students regard professional training and development as the most attractive attribute.
Banks and the Manufacturing and Engineering Sector are the most preferred industries that students would like to work in.
The choice of courses is the biggest deciding factor for students when they choose their academic home. A total of 48% of students singled out this aspect when they were presented with several aspects which could influence their choice of university.
If students could begin their studies again, only 13% of TUT students would choose TUT again. But, 93% of them would recommend it to others. The University of Pretoria was a popular alternative for 23%. Students from other universities would also like to study at TUT, for instance, 23% of Unisa students who participated in the survey would rather study at TUT.
Employer websites are used most frequently when looking for a job.
87% of all students who participated in the survey are on Facebook, with 75% using it for both social and career purposes. Careeers24.com is the top career website.
TUT students who participated in the survey rate their academic performance on 6,3%, using a scale of 1 – 10, where 10 represents ”excellent” and 5 “average.”
It's easy! All you have to do is to answer the following question (don’t fret, you should get the answer somewhere in this edition): WHICH NATIONAL DAY IS CELEBRATED ON 24 SEPTEMBER? Send the answer to the question, your name and contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Friday, 26 September. Please mark the subject field: COMPETITION. The winner will be announced in the next edition. Only registered TUT students can enter. Good luck!
HAZEL THABETHE (21), an Accounting student at the Mbombela Campus, is the winner of the competition featured in Heita! Vol.6 No.5
Congratulations! Spend the R300 wisely.