Project management professional, Felistus Senwamadi, and wealth management expert, Setshwano Ngope, facilitated a workshop for some University of Botswana (UB) final year female students last week to prepare them for the corporate world.
Senwamadi, who works at Orange Botswana as a project coordinator, told the students that they needed to know what they want out of life so that they could develop personal vision statement that would give them direction in life.
She said clear, measurable and attainable goals were essential ingredients to a good brand. Good values and a right attitude could also translate into a good brand. She added the ways one looked, walked, talked and handled herself were part of a good brand.
“Your brand is your life,” she said. “You should always ask yourself if you look the part. There is somebody who is always watching.”
There should also be a set of personal effectiveness habits that one should follow if she wanted to penetrate the corporate world, the students heard. She advised the students should start networking now, instead of waiting to finish school.
“Your network is your net worth,” she said. “They
For her part, Ngope told the female students that they needed to be empowered before they got into the corporate and business world. She spoke of the need for more conversation for young women about how to save, grow, invest and protect their money.
Ngope, the founder and managing director of MerlotWEALTH, said the problem of financial management was an issue around the world. In some countries, it is even compulsory for students to take financial management courses.
She said the issue of lack of financial planning and investment was a concern among women.
She told the female students that it was advisable for them to start financial planning as early as their first job because the road to financial independence required a solid foundation. She recommended that they develop saving and investment habits.