~ Mpumi K. Mbonane
30 March 2017….
The day that was supposed to be the happiest day of Mpumi’s life.
On this day, she was conferred with a BSc Mining Engineering Honours Degree with the excitement of completing her Engineering degree, in record time – at Wits University.
While she was proud of herself for choosing a course and sticking to it successfully, she was not certain about her career path. Working in the mining industry didn’t seem fitting as her dream was always to work closely with people – developing, teaching, activating their full potential and helping them achieve great success.
However, it was the degree that she had studied for, and was eager to learn about the mining industry. She was accepted for a 3-year internship for vacation work at a gold mine in the West Rand.
At the beginning of 2017, after completing her vacation work in the West Rand. She was offered a 3-year internship. At face value she was astonished, but in her heart, she was unsettled with her career choice. After countless prayers for direction, she was offered a full-time job in the mining company which she eventually declined.
Shortly after declining this offer, she was offered another internship at a mining technical consulting firm. she accepted and worked there for just under a year but was still dissatisfied.
She was out of ALIGNMENT.
She began searching for her earnest pursuit to fulfil what was missing in her life. A career she would enjoy waking up to that fills her passion and love for people. With that said, she resigned and embarked on a new journey in the banking industry.
She shares the full details of her transition on YouTube:
Part 1: How she switched careers from engineering to banking https://youtu.be/5V5Q_x6TkTs
Part 2: Mining Consultant to Banking Analyst https://youtu.be/NeuhWpvkzUY
She entered the corporate world through a Graduate Programme at one of Pan-Africa’s leading banks, and the eyes of her youth were opened. She settled well into corporate life. She had the look, the car, and the corporate lingo. Through her Employer, she had access to resources and people that would help with her personal and professional development.
However, there was something she could not shake off: Here she was working in a beautiful building with people who drove expensive cars and dressed in class. They had money and were making impressive moves within corporate, but so many of them were empty on the inside.
Many of them expressed how they would rather be elsewhere doing different things with their lives. They dreaded every day they had to wake up and go to work. Their jobs caused them to miss important moments in their children’s lives and gradually compromised their values and integrity. Hard-working individuals got overlooked for prestigious roles while smooth talkers got ahead. They sacrificed their mental and
physical health to always be on the grind. They closed deals for their business units, but no deals were closed for their own dreams.
Mpumi saw herself in those people. Their disposition mirrored how she felt and what she was going through. The only difference was that she was not willing to ignore that feeling and live a life of dread. It was her consistent, earnest plea and her dedication to go after a life of meaning and work in a job that aligns with her purpose that the road to purpose discovery became clear. God gave her a blueprint and she applied it to her life, and things have never been the same since that moment!
It was when the reality of Corporate SA became so vivid to her that she got a clear picture of whom she was then called to rescue with what she now knew.
Her mandate is this: To guide Young Professionals who feel stuck in careers they settled for and jobs they quite frankly hate; to discover their purpose and turn it into a FULFILLING, IMPACTFUL and SUSTAINABLE profession.