Millennials are transforming the work place.
This includes disrupting organisational structures, culture and habits.
No matter the stigma attached to millennials, or the ‘isms created to limit us; the honest truth is that we’re smart workers, with big dreams and even greater accomplishments.
And to prove our point we had the opportunity to interview a remarkable woman who has made a major impact.
Her name is…
and she is the Editor of Argus Lifestyle.
Q: When did your journey in journalism start?
Nontando: My journalism career officially kicked off in 2014. I was lucky enough to be taken in as one of the Independent Media’s cadets who were trained by some of the best journalists in the country.
Q: Where did you grow up and what have you studied?
Nontando: I was born and grew up in the sunny city of Durban. I studied Architecture at Durban University of Technology and UNISA where I obtained a BA in Literature and Languages.
Q: What has been the toughest obstacle you’ve had to face as an Editor?
Nontando: Journalism, like any other industry is a competitive field. I started out as an intern and worked my way up to where I am today. From the word go, you have to work hard enough to gain respect in the news room.
There were times when I doubted my writing skills, however I learnt from the criticism I received and took the advice I got seriously to improve on my overall performance.
Also the toughest part was building a solid contact list. Building relationships in this field is important for one to have exclusive stories that will set you apart from your peers.
Q: What advice would you give young aspiring South Africans who are struggling within a professional environment?
Nontando: Life comes with obstacles and challenges. Have the drive, the ambition to achieve despite your circumstances.
You can’t choose your family but you have a choice when it comes to the people you surround yourself with. Choose friends that are hungry to succeed so that you will also get motivated to reach your full potential.
Books,magazines,newspapers…anything you can get your hands on. Knowledge is key and this will come in handy when you have to network with people who might be that step you need in advancing your career.
Stay curious! About life, people and the world…this is important for your mental growth.
Q: What does Youth Day mean to you?
Nontando: It’s an important day of reflection and gratitude. The youth of 1976 who were killed in the Soweto uprising played an important part in the freedom that we have today.
Let us not take it for granted.
We also asked Nontando which colour she thinks best represents youth day!
“Yellow, because it’s my favourite colour. For me it represents, cheerfulness, hope and thoughtfulness. That’s the young people of today, full of bright ideas and life.”
One thing you can take away from this is regardless of your age or your background you can succeed at whatever you put your mind to…
You are the future!