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Industrial and Organisational Psychology

What did you study at the School of Industrial Psychology and Human Resources?

Mr Lebambo studied both his qualifications at the School of Industrial Psychology and Human Resources; BA Human Resource Management and BA Hons. Industrial and Organisational Psychology.

 

How many years did you study with us?

BA Human Resource Management (2012-2014) Graduated in April 2015

BA Hons. Industrial and Organisational Psychology (2015) Graduated in December 2015

 

Where have you worked?

He started in February 2016 at the Nestlé Head office in Bryanston as a HR Graduate Trainee and in April 2015 he relocated to East London and he will be based in East London for a period of six months. Thereafter, he will relocate to another Nestlé factory, which will also be at a different province and finally, he will end up at a distribution center before completing his graduate programme (2 years).

 

Where are you currently working?

Nestlé South Africa - East London.

 

How did your studies prepare you for the workplace?

"Both my degrees have equipped me with the right knowledge and thinking to be able to adapt and adjust in the workplace. I can still relate to what we have done in the past. Also, having lectures with different experiences and a lot industry background has enabled them to make learning more practical and easier for us.

There is a saying that says that what you learn at University is nothing compared to what you will do in the workplace. That is a lie! Yes, there is a huge gap but I say “If you were taught well you will be able to connect the pieces as you go along.""

 

What was the most valuable thing you learnt while studying?

"That hard work, teamwork, cooperation & collaboration, honesty, and an open mind will take you far. University has also proven to me that hard work and dedication really do pay off.

 

I have also learned that with the right and dedicated lecturers you can go very far. I believe I had the best lecturers and hence adjusting into the workplace was not as tough as most people find it to be for me, what sets me apart is that I was well equipped from university. I listened in class but also questioned a lot."

 

Do you have any advice for the current students?

  • Attend all you’re your classes! Trust me it is it works.
  • Pre-reading really helps, by doing that you are already ahead of a lot of people
  • Listen to your Lecturers
  • Extra Mural activities do count.
  • Getting borderline marks does not attract employers (Don’t just aim for a “Pass”).
  • Make sure you love what you doing