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

Ms. Mjo studied all her qualifications at our School; her National Diploma in Human Resource Management as well as her BTech in HR.


How many years did you study with us?

  • NDip: HRM: 2012 – 2014 (Graduated April 2015)
  • BTech: HRM: 2015 (Graduated December 2015)


Where have worked at?

Ms Mjo worked at NMMU in our Department of Human Resource Management as a mentor, tutor and lastly as a student advisor.


Where are you currently working and for how long?

She has been as an HR intern at Tenneco Ride Control, since January 2016.


How did your studies prepare you for the workplace?

"The studies provided me of course with the necessary information but it’s mostly how it was presented to me that positively prepared me for where I am now. The different learning styles adopted by the lecturers shaped multiple aspects in me as a result I am able to stand with confidence in front of people, voice out my opinion in matters and take charge. As much as the realities and dynamics of the workplace are different from the theoretical knowledge I gained, the theory still plays a foundation layer to whatever I do and see happening where I work. It is challenging being young and new in the working industry but because I was fully committed to my studies and asked questions when I had to, employees see I have an understanding and knowledge around my field. Being able to think outside the box is one thing my job requires me to do at times and that I learnt from my lecturers and the tasks they carried out. Lastly, I now understand why in most lectures we had a lot of group work, it’s not easy working with people but through the right skills one can manage."


What was the most valuable thing you learnt while studying?

"I learnt that it’s only when I start believing in myself and what comes out of my mouth that I can make others follow and believe in me."


Do you have any advice for current students?

"The only advise I can give them is, we have friends but we are individuals writing individual  stories, one can choose to be creative and write his/her own story or can choose to be a character in someone else’s story with an unknown ending…. Books are not difficult it’s the mentality we carry that makes us believe so, get up, know where you come from, believe in yourself, structure where you see yourself and pay no attention to negative opinions, your books are your future and paying less attention to them means paying less attention to your golden chance to a better life."