Life after graduation – alumnus to share his professional career experiences

Annette Willemse -- Mon, 08/01/2016 - 13:38

Life after graduation – alumnus to share his professional career experiences

After graduating from university graduates are looking forward – with excitement (and a good dose of fear) – to set out on their respective career paths. The reality of the world of work can however be overwhelming at times and therefore graduates should be well-prepared for what awaits them after graduating. 

This is according to Vincent Kheswa, an alumnus of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), who received his BSc degree in Business Mathematics and Informatics (BMI) in 2010.As a model implementation and management analyst at Standard Bank, Vincent has not only experienced the angst with which some final year graduates grapple, but has also successfully found his footing within his field of expertise. In light of this Vincent will be hosting a special career seminar for all final-year students within the BCom and BSc fields on 4 August 2016 at the Vaal Triangle Campus. The aim of the session is to help senior students to prepare themselves for the “next chapter” in their lives. “I believe that students should start to think about life after graduation at this very moment – no matter where they are in their education process. The earlier you stop thinking about university as a break from real life and start to think about it as a stage of real life, the better,” says Vincent.

The transition from university student to business professional

Vincent – who is also a member of the campus’s Alumni Advisory Committee, is a well-known motivational speaker. Early in his career Vincent distinguished himself as a dynamic and driven professional and during 2012/2013 he was the runner-up in Standard Bank’s Overall Performance Credit Management Programme. In 2014 he was awarded with the prestigious Beyond Excellence Recognition within the Small Enterprise Command Centre of Standard Bank.

This go-getter attitude was already evident when Vincent was still a student at the campus. During his time at the Vaal Triangle Campus he made the best of every opportunity available and proudly boasts with several achievements:

  • Best BSc First-Year Student (2006)
  • Chairperson of the Soul Child Poetry Club (2007-2009)
  • Guardian of the Evolution Dance Club (2008-2010)
  • House Committee member of Thuthuka residence (2007-2008)
  • Statistics Facilitator and assistant lecturer (2008-2009)
  • Chairperson of the NWU Vaal BSc Committee (2007-2008)

See you at the career seminar

As stated the event will take place on 4 August 2016 and all final year students within the BCom and BSc fields of study are invited to join in the conversation. The seminar is set to start at 14:00 at the Big Lapa. The theme of the seminar is: “Unfolding the path behind the books”, and will focus on professional preparedness and experience within the corporate environment.

Alumnus, Vincent Kheswa



Vaal Triangle Campus
Hendrik van Eck Boulevard Vanderbijlpark
South Africa