Campus to feature in popular career based television show
The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) will soon feature on a television screen near you! The reason? Glen Ngwako Mankabidi – a student within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology, will be profiled on “Made in SA”, a popular weekly reality television show that airs on SABC 3.
The show, which is currently enjoying its fourth season on air focuses on young achievers between the ages of 16 to 24 who know what career they want to pursue and who are determined to achieve success. In each episode a passionate young achiever with a clearly defined career development – and who has put in effort to excel, is profiled and offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to team up with an expert mentor (within a specific field of specialisation) to complete various challenges put to him/her.
While the selection criteria for one to be featured on the show is not an easy one, Glen says that he experienced it as a proverbial walk in a park. Like other interested individuals, Glen filled out an application form online and was later called for an audition at the production company in Rosebank. What hit the nail on the head for Glen was not only the fact that he is a final year BSc Information Technology (IT) student, but also his passion for software development. The latter has motivated him to develop several successful apps, the latest being “Career Find”. This app assists grade 12 learners in familiarising themselves with the different degree programmes at different institutions while also providing guidance in terms of applying to these institutions. In order to advance his knowledge in the field of software development, he works part time at IBM.
Speaking of his experience of being in front of the TV cameras for the first time, the 23 year old from Limpopo says although he was nervous, he was excited at the same time.
“Knowing that you will be watched by millions of viewers is daunting to comprehend and it’s scary because you have to be sure of your story, especially when you are not only representing yourself but a big institution like the NWU”, he adds.
Glen’s appearance on TV comes shortly after Thami Mongezi, another student of the NWU Vaal made his appearance in yet another popular talk show called “SHiFT” recently.
*Watch this space for details on when will his episode be televised.