“IF CHILDREN get career guidance and opportunities, they learn about what careers are available,” said Nandipha Sekeleni, a medical doctor.
“I became interested in medicine when I was five years old. My mum getting sick was a big motivation for me.
“When I first visited the hospital, I saw doctors speaking to her and thought ‘that looks like a good job. I want to do it’.
“That’s when I told my parents I was going to be a doctor.”
Born and raised in Port Edward, KwaZulu-Natal, Nandipha did not look back once she made her decision.
She now calls on all private and public players to host expos where children can learn about available careers.
Nandipha’s main focus is healthcare.
The doctor spoke to SunEducation at a Sta-Sof-Fro wellness event held in Joburg.
It is a platform where women talk about life and careers.
Nandipha says as long as children focus on and are devoted to learning, nothing will stand in their way to success.
She said: “While student funding is still a major challenge in our country, hard work also opens doors.
“Parents need to support their children if they want them to be successful. My dad supported me in everything I did, and I’ll support my kids.
“Kids need to know how to deal with life’s challenges.”